University Faculty Scholars Selection Process

Details for the 2021-22 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 comprises a tenured faculty representative from each of the ten degree-granting colleges. This committee will review nominations and make recommendations to the provost. The provost in consultation with the chancellor will make the final decision on awardees. 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, awards coordinator, (513-3636; jcaustin@ncsu.edu).

Timeline for the 2021-22 Academic Year

  • Individual nominations due to college committees: varies
  • Nominations from colleges due to Provost’s Office: Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Nominations should be submitted to Judy Austin, awards coordinator at jcaustin@ncsu.edu.
  • Organizational meeting of the Administrative Advisory Committee, to include the provost’s charge, determination of a chair, and discussion of review procedures: October 8, 2021
  • Administrative Advisory Committee review of nominations: October 15 – November 16, 2021
  • Administrative Advisory Committee nomination review and recommendation Zoom meetings #1 (90 minutes) and #2 (60 minutes – contingency basis): mid-to-late November 2021
  • Administrative Advisory Committee chair submits recommended nominees to the provost: early December 2021
  • University Faculty Scholars announced: January 2022
  • Funds available in the form of an increase to base salary for 2021-22 University Faculty Scholars: July 1, 2022

Please note that this year’s nomination process timeline is scheduled to align with our return to the traditional fall 2021 and spring 2022 academic calendars.

Nominations per College for the 2021-22 Academic Year

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: 8
  • College of Design: 2
  • College of Education: 2
  • College of Engineering: 8
  • College of Humanities and 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 (including percentages) 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 (maximum 1 page)
  • Letter of nomination from a colleague other than the department head addressing the nominee’s qualifications, current impact and potential contributions (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 and addressing the nominee’s contributions/impact/value to the department/college/university (maximum 2 pages)

In previous years, the Administrative Advisory Committee for the University Faculty Scholars Program has made the following suggestions for letters of nomination and support:

  • Letters should not merely summarize information on the CV and SFR but should emphasize the impact and value of the nominee’s work from the perspective of the letter’s author.
  • Letters should address accomplishments in the areas of faculty responsibility that are the foci of the nominee’s work. The areas of faculty responsibility include teaching and mentoring, discovery of knowledge, creative artistry and literature, technological and managerial innovation, extension and engagement, and service.
  • Letters of support should not only address the nominee’s qualifications but should also provide sufficient information that will help the 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, (maximum 25 total pages) and, if applicable, the impact statement (maximum 1 page) 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 (maximum two pages per letter)
  • Submit both PDF files as email attachments or upload to Google Drive to Judy Austin at: jcaustin@ncsu.edu
  • Email subject line: UFS 2021 NOMINATION, college acronym, nominee last name (Example: UFS 2021 NOMINATION, CALS, Jones).

Please contact Ms. Austin at jcaustin@ncsu.edu or 513-3636 if you have any questions or concerns regarding submissions. 

University Faculty Scholars Administrative Advisory Committee

First NameLast NameCollegeDepartment
RonBaynesCollege of Veterinary MedicinePopulation, Health and Pathobiology
MegBlanchardCollege of EducationSTEM Education
KofiBooneCollege of DesignLandscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
PhilipBradfordWilson College of TextilesTextile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
JesseEllisPoole College of ManagementBusiness Management
Amy GrundenCollege of Agriculture and Life SciencesPlant and Microbial Biology
FikretIsikCollege of Natural ResourcesForestry and Environmental Resources
AkramKhaterCollege of Humanities and Social SciencesHistory
MariaMayorgaCollege of EngineeringFitts Industrial and Systems Engineering
Ana-MarieStaicuCollege of SciencesStatistics
KatharineStewart**Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and ProvostFaculty Affairs
Judy Austin***Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and ProvostFaculty Affairs
*Chair
**Ex-Officio; Non-voting
***Award Coordinator; Non-voting

Related Links and Documents

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