Barnie E. Rushing Jr.
Faculty Distinguished Research Award
Call for Nominations Closed
Each year since 1976 the Texas Tech Parents Association has presented the Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award to recognize outstanding research and excellence in scholarship and creative activity by the faculty of the University. As begun in 2011, two awards (one in each category) in the amount of $3,000 each will be given: (i) science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines and (ii) social science, humanities, and creative arts disciplines.
Each college is requested to solicit nominations for the award from its faculty and to select from those nominations one name to be submitted to this office as the college’s nominee for the university award. The College of Arts and Sciences may submit two nominations: one from the area of natural sciences and mathematics, and one from the area of humanities and social sciences. Nominees must hold the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent) or above, and their research contributions should be of such quality that their significance has been or likely will be recognized nationally by peers in the nominee’s own discipline. For the purpose of this award, achievements in the arts, such as paintings and musical compositions, will be considered along with more traditional research or intellectual property development.
Each college may use whatever procedure it deems most appropriate to select its nominee, but it is suggested that a committee comprised of active scholars in the college be formed to screen the nominations and make the selection.
College nominations are due electronically (in .pdf format) to the Office of the Vice President for Research (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Information to be included in the nomination packet and the order of presentation is detailed in OP32.24, Attachment B (revised April 15, 2013). Please be certain to note the nominee’s award category on the checklist – (1) science, technology, engineering, mathematics or (2) social science, humanities, creative arts.
In addition to the 20 pages of supporting materials, you are requested to provide electronically (in Word format) also to email@example.com an introduction of the nominee suitable for the President to read at the spring faculty honors convocation. This introduction should be approximately 100 words in length and should also be submitted no later than November 20. A sample introduction is attached.
Nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of Associate Deans (typically Associate Deans for Research and/or disciplinary relevant faculty). A sheet will be provided to each Associate Dean to rank order the nominations using quality of scholarship, quality of publications or creative works, and quality of the reference letters as criteria. Two nominees from each award category will be submitted to the Parents Association. The recipients of the Barnie Rushing Awards will be chosen by a Parents Association screening committee.
The winners of the Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award will be announced in March, 2014. The two recipients will be recognized and presented their $3,000 honorariums at the Texas Tech Parents Association spring scholarship breakfast. Even though a college’s nominee may not be selected for the Barnie Rushing Award, he or she will receive a $1,500 honorarium and will be recognized as the college’s outstanding researcher at the spring faculty honors convocation scheduled on April 22, 2014.