University Faculty Scholars Selection Process

Details for the 2020-21 Academic Year

The University Faculty Scholars Program, established in 2012 by Chancellor Woodson to recognize and reward emerging academic leaders among our faculty, identifies approximately twenty (20) tenured or tenure-track faculty scholars each year.  Faculty members selected as University Faculty Scholars will carry the title for the duration of their faculty appointment at NC State and will receive a permanent increase to their base salary.

Nominations are limited to assistant professors who have been reappointed for a second term, all associate professors, and professors within the first three years of appointment at that rank. Faculty members who were nominated but not named University Faculty Scholars in previous years and are still eligible may be nominated by their college. However, no faculty member may receive the award more than once.

To be eligible for consideration, outstanding faculty should be nominated by their college. Review the individual college nominating procedures  for additional details.

The number of nominations for each college has been set, based on the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty FTEs in that college.  The provost’s Administrative Advisory Committee composed of senior faculty recommended by each college will review nominations and make recommendations to the provost. The provost will make the final decision on awardees in consultation with the chancellor. No college will receive a set number of awards in any given year.

If you have questions about the procedures or timeline below, please contact Judy Austin, program coordinator, (513-3636; jcaustin@ncsu.edu).

Timeline for the 2020-21 Academic Year

  • Individual nominations due to college committees: varies
  • Nominations from colleges due to Provost’s Office: Friday, September 25, 2020. Nominations should be submitted to Judy Austin, awards coordinator at jcaustin@ncsu.edu
  • Organizational meeting of the Administrative Advisory Committee, to include their charge by the provost, determination of a chair, and discussion of review procedures: late September 2020
  • Advisory Committee review of nominations: September 29 – October 26, 2020
  • Advisory Committee Nomination Review and Recommendation Meeting #1: early November 2020
  • Advisory Committee Nomination Review and Recommendation Meeting #2 (if needed): early November 2020
  • Nominees selected by Advisory Committee and sent to provost: November 2020
  • University Faculty Scholars named: January 2021
  • Funds available to University Faculty Scholars: July 1, 2021

Please note that this year’s nomination submission deadline is scheduled a few weeks earlier than normal in order to accommodate the change in the fall semester calendar and to provide departments and colleges ample time to prepare nominations. We anticipate a return to typical nomination deadlines in the 2021-22 academic year.

Nominations per College for the 2020-21 Academic Year

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: 8
  • College of Design: 2
  • College of Education: 2
  • College of Engineering: 8
  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences: 7
  • Poole College of Management: 2
  • College of Natural Resources: 2
  • College of Sciences: 6
  • Wilson College of Textiles: 2
  • College of Veterinary Medicine: 3

Selection Criteria

Significant Achievement Appropriate to Rank in Research/Scholarship, Teaching and/or Extension/Engagement/Service:

(Examples in categories below are not exhaustive)

  • Research/Scholarship: Productivity in research, creative activity, external funding, publications and presentations which are relevant to the discipline and recognized locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Teaching: Excellence in teaching, course and program improvement, advising, undergraduate and graduate student mentoring, and participation in other activities that enhance the development of students; recognition for teaching at university or national level.
  • Extension/Engagement/Service: Leadership in extension, public service, and contributions to professional societies; assistance and advice to industry, business, government and other educational institutions; campus service which has an impact on the institution.

Nomination Materials

Nominations from the colleges should include the following:

  • Current CV, current SFR and a summary statement of teaching evaluations (maximum 25 pages total)
  • Faculty with significant extension responsibilities – impact statement describing how their service philosophy and activities impact the extension community (1 page)
  • Letter of nomination from a colleague other than the department head addressing the nominee’s qualifications and potential (maximum 2 pages)
  • Letter of support from the nominee’s department head (maximum 2 pages)
  • Letter from the dean supporting the nomination at the university level. The letter should address the nominee’s contributions at the university level and address his/her contributions/impact/value to the department/college/university (maximum 2 pages)

The letters of support should not only address the nominee’s qualifications but should also provide sufficient information that will help the Provost’s Administrative Advisory Committee evaluate the nominee’s leadership potential in the context of her or his appointment across the realms of responsibility.

Submission Process

Please submit all nomination documents within two (2) PDF files 

  • PDF File 1 should contain the current CV, current SFR summary including percentages of current teaching evaluations, (25 pages maximum) and, if applicable, the impact statement (1 page maximum) from faculty with significant extension responsibilities that describes how their service philosophy and activities impact the extension community
  • PDF File 2 should contain all support letters (two pages per letter)
  • Submit both PDF files as email attachments or upload to Google Drive 
  • Email subject line: UFS 2020 NOMINATION, college acronym, nominee last name (Example: UFS 2020 NOMINATION, CALS, Jones).

Submit materials to Judy Austin, program coordinator, at jcaustin@ncsu.edu. Please contact Ms. Austin if you have any questions or concerns regarding submissions. 

University Faculty Scholars Administrative Advisory Committee

To be announced.

Related Links and Documents

Find additional resources related to the current years’ University Faculty Scholars Program process here.