Marshall University Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award (MU-DASA)
Applications accepted until February 3, 2014 **
The purpose of this award is to recognize distinction in the fields of artistic
and scholarly activity on the part of Marshall University faculty.
Type and Number of Awards
Up to three individual awards and one team award will be given yearly at the Spring
General Faculty meeting.
THREE awards for individual faculty members:
- ONE senior recipient shall be selected from among
those tenured/tenure-track faculty in the sciences and technology (including the
Colleges of Science, Medicine, Information Technology and Engineering, and Health
Professions) holding the rank of Associate or Full Professor;
- ONE senior recipient shall be selected from among
those tenured/tenure-track faculty in the arts, socials sciences, humanities, education,
and business (including the Colleges of Education and Human Services, Liberal Arts,
Fine Arts, Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, Journalism
and Mass Communications, and Business) holding the rank of Associate or Full Professor;
- ONE junior recipient shall be selected from among
all tenured/tenure-track faculty holding the rank of Assistant Professor.
Senior faculty recipients will be given $2,000 each, whereas the junior faculty
recipient will be given $1,000. These awards shall be given only when candidates'
applications are judged to be of significant merit by the DASA Committee.
ONE team award may be given each year. The award shall be given only when a candidate
team's application is judged to be of significant merit. A team shall constitute
at least two faculty who hold tenured or tenure-track appointments at Marshall University
and who have worked together on the same activity. Faculty may only be considered
for one award (individual or team) for a body of work.
An amount of $2,000 will be given to the team award winners (to be dividied equally
among the team members).
To be eligible for consideration for the above awards a faculty member must be either
tenured or hold a tenure-track appointment at the rank indicated for each of the
awards. A significant portion of the artistic and/or scholarly work shall have been
completed while at Marshall University.
The DASA Committee
The DASA committee is comprised of one representative (appointed by the dean) from
each of the University’s eligible academic units (currently: Education and Human
Services, Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, Fine Arts,
Information Technology and Engineering, Health Professions, Business, Liberal Arts,
Medicine, Journalism and Mass Communications, and Science). The members serve on
a 3-year term and are eligible for re-nomination by the deans. The committee may
request interviews with its finalists.
All applications must be written, dated, and submitted electronically to the Center
for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The contact person is Dr. Sherri Smith (Phone:
304-696- 5268, email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
A completed application must include the following:
- A current curriculum vitae
- A one-page discussion of eligible artistic or research
- A PDF of one publication (journal article) or relevant
portion (book chapter); or electronic evidence of artistic work (video, audio, image)
- One supporting letter from another faculty member
The following criteria will be applied in the selection of an award recipient:
- Composition - literary, musical, choreographic, theatrical,
and visual arts; performance; directing or conducting; production; design
- Artistic criteria include publications, exhibitions,
performances, broadcasts, published reviews, public and professional recognition,
juried competitions, professional awards, fellowships, grants and commissions (with
the understanding that these may well be in smaller dollar amounts than those in
- Publications – peer-review papers, articles and books,
solicited reviews (of books or research); regional, national, and international
meetings (invited papers and papers presented will carry the most weight, but the
organizing of major conferences, the chairing of sessions and the attending of major
national and international conferences and symposia are also worth noting);
- Professional awards, patents, grants – dollar amounts
will be weighted according to field.
General Information for both Artistic and Scholarly applicants
- Applications should describe an “outreach component”
(the dissemination or sharing of artistic and scholarly activity with an audience
beyond that of academic peers). This may include but is not limited to students,
the general public, or non-academic professionals.
- Applications will be weighed in accordance with the
professional standards in the particular field.
- During the course of its deliberations the committee
may elect to consult with recognized experts in the applicant’s field.
- While teaching as a criterion will not be considered
for this award, the percentage of time that the applicant spends teaching may be
a relevant factor because time left for artistic/research activity may be affected.
- While the committee will strive to adhere to its stated
standards, it may have to consider other factors and exceptions as particular cases
- The best candidate selected by the committee must
meet minimum standards to become the award recipient. Minimum standards are defined
as follows: the submission must constitute a significant body of artistic, scholarly,
or creative work with a recognized impact in a specific discipline at a national