College Awards

NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS

The College of Social Science is now accepting nominations for an array of awards for faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students.  

Note that the awards have different submission deadlines and the details of how to nominate are in the descriptions of the awards.

If you have any questions please contact Associate Dean Carl Davidson at davidso4@msu.edu.

 

Research Awards

  • Faculty Research Award [Cross-disciplinary]

    Award Amount - $1,000

    Eligibility

    College tenure-stream faculty member who has done significant cross-disciplinary research with researchers from a distinctly different discipline. Research should have been conducted primarily at MSU within the past 10 years.

    Materials needed

    Nomination from the Chair/Director describing the individual’s research contribution (up to 300 words), nominee’s curriculum vitae, 2 external supporting letters, research statement from the applicant that articulates how the nominated work fits into the broader category of cross-disciplinary research, copies of the nominated work, documentation of citations, external funding, or other impact related to the research. Please submit the nomination to the College as a single PDF document.

    Selection criteria 

    The research should address a topic of importance beyond the main academic field, i.e., it has an impact on the broader scholarly community. The research has resulted in notable products such as high quality peer-reviewed publication(s), grant funding, and/or media appearances. The faculty member should demonstrate innovative or transformative achievement beyond the norm.

    Nominations  

    Due by February 11, 2022 and can be e-mailed to ssc.researchdean@msu.edu.

    Responsible Committee

    SSC Research Committee

  • Faculty Research Award

    Award Amount - $1,000

    Eligibility

    College tenure-stream faculty member. Research should have been conducted primarily at MSU within the past 10 years.

    Materials needed

    Nomination from the Chair/Director describing the individual’s research contribution (up to 300 words), nominee’s curriculum vitae, 2 external supporting letters, research statement from the applicant that articulates the importance of the work, copies of the nominated work, documentation of citations, external funding, or other impact related to the research. Please submit the nomination to the College as a single PDF document.

    Selection criteria 

    The research has resulted in notable products such as high quality peer-reviewed publication(s), grant funding, and/or media appearances. The faculty member should demonstrate innovative or transformative achievement beyond the norm.

    Nominations  

    Due by February 11, 2022 and can be e-mailed to ssc.researchdean@msu.edu.

    Responsible Committee

    SSC Research Committee

 

Graduate Awards

  • Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award: Graduate Students

    Award Amount - $500

    Eligibility

    All graduate student members in the College, with candidates identified by nominations by faculty or staff on behalf of someone they see as deserving.

    Materials needed

    CV of nominee (with diversity work highlighted), 1 nominating letter (up to 500 words), self-statement from nominee, proof that nominee has completed at least one DEI educational opportunity, 2 supporting letters from individuals other than the nominator.

    Selection criteria

    Awardees would have played a significant role advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, successful nominees could actively serve underrepresented populations, develop or implement innovative programs that enhance participation and opportunity, or enhance the ability and effectiveness of the College to be an inclusive and welcoming environment.

    Nominations

    Due by January 28, 2022. Nomination packets should be submitted via email to: smithjal@msu.edu.

    Responsible Committee

    Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity and Inclusion

 

Faculty Awards

  • Faculty Teaching Innovation Award: Tenure System

    Award Amount - $1,000

    Eligibility

    MSU Faculty of Record with appointments (full or partial) in the College. The courses for which a Faculty of Record is nominated must be undergraduate courses taught in the College. Nominations should be made by College Chairs and Directors of Departments, Schools or Programs which include undergraduate components. Each unit may make one nomination annually.

    Materials needed

    Two or three letters of nomination/supporting letters. At least one must be from a Chair/Director (up to 300 words). At least one must be from an undergraduate. In addition, please submit syllabus/i for the course or courses for which the faculty member is being nominated, and a self-statement form the nominee explaining what is innovative and how the innovative approach helps students achieve desired learning outcomes. 

    Selection criteria

    Evidence that an approach to undergraduate teaching is innovative in a unit and has resulted in desired student learning outcomes.

    Nominations

    Due by January 28, 2022. Nomination packets should be submitted via email to: pondjoy@msu.edu.

    Responsible Committee

    SSC Committee of Associate Chairs/Associate Directors

  • Faculty Lifetime Award for Teaching, Research, Service

    Award Amount - $3,000

    Eligibility

    MSU faculty in the College who has served for at least 20 years, but may currently hold emeritus status. NOTE: may not be awarded every year.

    Materials needed 

    Nomination letter (up to 300 words), up to three supporting letters from individuals other than the nominator, CV of the nominee.

    Selection criteria

    Awardees will have excelled in all three areas of research, teaching and service.

    Nominations

    Due by January 28, 2022 and should be submitted to Joy Pond at pondjoy@msu.edu.

    Responsible Committee

    SSC Faculty Advisory Committee

 

Staff Awards

  • Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award: Staff

    Award Amount - $1,000

    Eligibility

    All staff members in the College, with candidates identified by self-nominations or by faculty, staff, and students on behalf of someone they see as deserving.

    Materials needed

    CV of nominee (with diversity work highlighted), 1 nominating letter (up to 500 words), self-statement from nominee, proof that nominee has completed at least one DEI educational opportunity, 2 supporting letters from individuals other than the nominator.

    Selection criteria

    Awardees would have played a leadership role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, successful nominees could actively serve underrepresented populations, develop or implement innovative programs that enhance participation and opportunity, or enhance the ability and effectiveness of the College to be an inclusive and welcoming environment.

    Nominations

    Due by January 28, 2022. Nomination packets should be submitted via email to: smithjal@msu.edu.

    Responsible Committee

    Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity and Inclusion

  • Matt Hansen Support Staff Award

    Award Amount - $1,000

    About

    Matt Hansen was the inaugural recipient of the College of Social Science Support Staff Award, receiving it in March 2020. Matt served as an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and fully exemplified the desired qualities of award recipients--including commitment to excellence and service to community. Matt made a strong and unique impact on all who came in contact with him, and through his true professionalism, fostered a positive culture and climate throughout our College.

    Matt’s life was cut short, leaving his family and the College of Social Science community with a void that cannot be filled. In recognition and celebration of Matt’s young life, the college support staff award is named in his honor.

    Eligibility

    Regular staff members in job classifications under CT, AP, or ASPA. Student, temporary, and on-call employees are not eligible to be nominated. Minimum of one year of continuous service in the College of Social Science is required. Primary assignment must be in the College of Social Science.

    Materials needed

    Nomination form, a letter of nomination and two additional letters of support. 

    Selection criteria

    The award criteria are focused around three pillars: Impact, Culture/Climate, and Professionalism. Support letters should encompass the award criteria and be limited to two pages each.

    Nominations

    Due by January 28, 2022 to SSC.DACSS@msu.edu

    Responsible Committee

    SSC Dean’s Advisory Committee for Support Staff