Faculty Research Day
Faculty Research Day and the corresponding awards ceremony are an opportunity to showcase and celebrate excellence in research and creativity and to generate enthusiasm for scholarship among faculty. The event brings together faculty from across our campus and the ceremony commemorates the awardees’ achievements, giving them an occasion to share their successes with their families and friends.
The purpose of Faculty Research Day is to showcase and celebrate excellence in research, creativity, and scholarship by bringing together faculty from across our campus. The event is also intended to increase awareness and generate enthusiasm for scholarship among faculty as the University advances its research enterprise and its impact.
During the event, the President’s Faculty Research Award, sponsored by our President and the Vice President for Research & Economic Development, is awarded to outstanding faculty researchers from across UA Colleges and Schools.
2024 Faculty Research Day
The 2024 Faculty Research Day will be held on Monday, April 22.
Nominees must be full-time tenured or tenure-track University of Alabama faculty members. They should also be nominated for an appropriate award category based on the following criteria:
- Emerging Scholar: no more than nine (9) years shall have passed since the completion of the terminal degree (defined as the most advanced degree offered in a given discipline, ordinarily required for a faculty position in that discipline). This award recognizes outstanding research/creative productivity and scholarship.
- Mid-Career Scholar: No more than sixteen (16) years shall have passed since the completion of the terminal degree (defined as the most advanced degree offered in a given discipline, ordinarily required for a faculty position in that discipline). This award recognizes a sustained program of excellence and strong name recognition in their field.
- Senior Scholar: This award recognizes a senior tenured faculty member at UA who has exhibited a sustained program of excellence as measured by significant contributions to their academic field.
Review criteria for high-quality research/creative activities and scholarship include, but are not limited to: publication in a high-impact journal(s); a highly cited work; external awards; invited presentations at national and international meetings; high journal publication productivity; critically acclaimed book publication(s), performance(s), exhibits(s) or theatrical production(s); high grant productivity; and, for more senior candidates, outstanding citation records and high impact invited presentations at national and international meetings.
Nominations for the President’s Faculty Research Award are solicited from faculty, departments, and colleges for the Emerging, Mid-Career, and Senior Scholar Awards. For each award category, one award is given to a faculty member in the area of physical and biological sciences, mathematics and engineering, social and behavioral sciences, and arts and humanities.
Nominations are to be submitted online through the UA InfoReady portal.
Nominations will be accepted each year, from December 1 until noon on February 29. Award recipients are recognized during the Faculty Research Day Awards Ceremony in April.
The online form will require upload by the nominator of the following components:
- Nominating Letter (from a faculty member, department chair, dean, or associate dean for research)
- Supporting letter from dean (N/A if dean makes the nomination)
- Vita of nominee (which includes)
- Education (degrees with dates)
- Employment history with dates
- List of Publications/Performances/Exhibitions with dates i) Books and book chapters
- Edited volumes
- Journal publications
- Conference proceedings
- Conference presentations
- List of Theses/Dissertations directed (name, year, title)
- Grants awarded
- Patents awarded
- Copyrights awarded
- Professional Recognition with year
- Society memberships
- Editorial committees
- Letters of recommendation (minimum of 1, maximum of 3)
- Appendix if needed
Letters of recommendation must directly address the scholarly and research contributions of the nominee. Ideally, letters will come from prominent scholars who are located at peer universities or, where appropriate, at major research laboratories or federal agencies. In addition, the letter should identify the writer’s relationship with the nominee (i.e. former student, major professor) if applicable.