The Alumni Professorship Program, funded by the Auburn Alumni Association, recognizes tenured faculty members for their exceptionally meritorious contributions to the institutional missions of the University. Nominees must be tenured faculty members in the year of their nomination, with direct responsibilities in two or more of the institutional missions of instruction, research, and outreach. Nominees must have demonstrated exceptionally meritorious performance, distinctive competence, and potential for continued high productivity and excellence in at least two of the three institutional missions. The call for nominations for this award is announced in January of each year. Contact the Office of the Provost for additional information.
One goal included within the Auburn University strategic plan is to encourage and recognize outstanding faculty contributions to government, business and industry through consulting. This is a one-time $2,500 competitive award honoring a faculty member for outstanding consulting. All faculty are eligible to apply. The call for applications for this award is announced in January of each year. Contact the Office of the Provost for additional information.
The Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Awards for Excellence is a $10,000 award to honor teaching excellence by Auburn University faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to student success through effective and innovative teaching and through advising and mentoring inside and outside the classroom. Two of these awards are given each year. Nominees for these awards must be full-time, tenured Auburn University faculty with a minimum of three years service at Auburn. The nominees must hold at least a 50 percent teaching load, must have demonstrated a commitment to Auburn University, and must not have accepted an early retirement option. The call for nominations for these awards is announced in January of each year. Contact the Office of the Provost for additional information.
The President’s Outstanding Collaborative Units Award is presented to those Auburn University units whose collaborative efforts result in unique exemplary service or academic excellence within the University and the community. Receiving units will share a one-time $5,000 award (divided equally among the recipients). Unique unit collaborations are only eligible once for the award. Nominations must be based on an existing collaboration by two or more departments, divisions, offices, or programs within the University. To be eligible for consideration, the collaborative efforts of the nominated units must have resulted in unique exemplary service or academic excellence within the university and the community. These collaborative contributions must demonstrate improved competence and/or quality in teaching, learning, research, outreach, and/or service, and also positively impact the level of institutional cooperation. The call for applications for this award is announced in January of each year. Contact the Office of the Provost for additional information.
One goal included within the Auburn University strategic plan is to “develop a sabbatical program and provide opportunities to eligible faculty consistent with policy.” Limited funds are available each year to provide a few sabbatical opportunities. Applicants for these funds must be tenured faculty members. Preference will be given to long-term faculty who (a) have had few or no sabbaticals during their tenure with Auburn University, (b) propose a structured professional development plan clearly related to their academic discipline, and (c) plan to serve their sabbatical at another institution, laboratory, or agency external to Auburn University. The call for applications for Provost Funded Professional Improvement Leave is announced in October of each year. Contact the Office of the Provost for additional information.
The goal of the program is to provide senior administrative experience to faculty, and provide them the opportunity to appreciate and understand higher education administration. Populations historically under-represented in higher education administration are particularly encouraged to apply. The program is open to all tenured faculty on full-time appointments. All applicants should have been employed by Auburn University for at least three years. Participation in the program does not guarantee an administrative leadership appointment. Associate Professors should be aware that participation in this fellowship program does not contribute to promotion to Full Professor. The call for applications for the Presidential Administrative Fellowship Program is announced in October of each year. Contact the Office of the Provost for additional information.
In October 2010, the Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors established a program to recognize extraordinary accomplishments of faculty at SEC universities. The SEC Academic Consortium Faculty Achievement Awards are meant to honor those with outstanding records in both teaching and scholarship who serve as role models for junior faculty and students. To qualify for the award, an individual's scholarly contribution or discoveries must be such that the faculty member has been acknowledged by colleagues within the discipline nationally or internationally. The SEC Academic Consortium will present a series of Faculty Achievement Awards during the 2012-13 academic year. One winner from each SEC university will receive a Faculty Achievement Award (with $5,000 honorarium). One Distinguished Professor of the Year Award will be given to the outstanding faculty member in the SEC chosen from the winners of each university's Faculty Achievement Award winners. The monetary value of the award will be a total of $20,000 ($15,000 in addition to the individual university award). To be eligible for a Faculty Achievement Award, a faculty member shall: 1) be a teacher/scholar at the SEC university; 2) have achieved the rank of full professor at the SEC university; 3) have a record of extraordinary teaching; and 4) have an outstanding record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally. The call for nominations/applications for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award is announced in October of each year. Contact the Office of the Provost for additional information.
Four $2,500 travel grants will be awarded each year which can be used for transportation, room, board, etc. The SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. It gives faculty from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, and conduct research. The call for applications for the SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program will be announced in September of each year. Contact the Office of the Vice President for Research for additional information.
To see a list of previous winners of these awards, click here.
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