Faculty Scholar Award


This annual award recognizes scholarly and creative work of exceptional merit by a full-time member of the SCSU faculty.

Who is Eligible

The nominated work must be a product, such as a book, article, invention, work of art or artistic performance. It must have appeared within the past five years and must have won recognition by scholars and/or critics outside the ConnSCU system.

What the Winner Receives

A cash prize of $2,500 and a commemorative plaque accompany the award.

How to Apply

Send applications to the chair of the Faculty Scholar Award Committee. The Faculty Scholar Award Committee is elected by faculty referendum, and a new chair is elected annually.  All nominations must be accompanied by an application packet containing the following items:

  1. name of the applicant;
  2. name or title of the work put forth for evaluation;
  3. complete bibliographic information or production data (date, place, agency, etc.);
  4. signature of the applicant, granting permission to proceed with the evaluation as described above;
  5. The nominee's curriculum vitae.
  6.  One copy of the item to be evaluated or photographs and/or videotapes of works of art and performance pieces.
  7. Copies of published and unpublished reviews, articles and letters, evaluations and other commentary pertaining to the work under consideration, accompanied by a listing of all such materials (max. 12 items).
  8. A one-page summary description and appraisal of the work written by the nominee or nominator.

Applications are evaluated by the Faculty Scholar Award Committee according to the following criteria: 1) the intellectual and/or artistic merit of the endeavor; 2) the impact made by the work upon its field of study; 3) the degree to which the work is innovative in content, approach and/or methodology; 4) the work's scholarly or creative integrity; and 5) the social significance of the enterprise.

When to Apply

The deadline is in the spring, typically March or April. Awards are announced in the fall and presented at the President's Convocation.

PAST recipients: 

Fall 2012:
Elliott Horch, Physics

Fall 2011:Christine Petto, History

Fall 2010:
Brian Johnson, English

Fall 2009:
Paul R. Petrie, English

Fall 2008:
Vivian Shipley, English, and Leon Yacher, Geography

Fall 2007:
Mia Brownell, Art

Fall 2006:
Mark Kuss, Music

Fall 2005:
Vivian Shipley, English 

Fall 2004:
Michael Vena, Foreign Languages

Fall 2003:
James F. Rhodes, English 

Fall 2002:
Tim Parrish, English, and Hugh Davis, History 

Fall 2001:
Louise Spear-Swerling, Special Education 

Fall 2000:
David Pettigrew, Philosophy, and Vivan Shipley, English


For more information:

 The Office of Faculty Development

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Telephone: (203) 392-5358
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E-mail: facultydevel@southernct.edu