Awards & Endowments

Currently Accepting Applications:


Open Access Textbook Initiative

The Office of the Provost, Learning Enhancement Center, and University Libraries seeks proposals from faculty members who wish to replace traditional commercial textbooks with academically equivalent alternatives that are available at no cost to students. Those selected will participate in workshops on best practices in use of open access materials and will be given support to redesign their course. Awards ranging from $400 to $1600 are available, depending upon the work required. Application deadline is February 1, 2016.


Faculty Senate Junior Faculty Awards

The Junior Faculty Awards were created to recognize outstanding assistant professors early in their careers at Southern Miss. Award categories are for excellence in teaching, creativity, and research. Qualified faculty members may apply for multiple awards but can only receive the award once in any category. If you are applying for more than one Junior Faculty Award, the application materials for each award should be submitted in a separate file. Submit all materials (vita, summary, and letters) for each award in one pdf file.  The awardees will be recognized during the Faculty Awards Ceremony.  Applications are due January 25, 2016.


Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship

The Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship was established to recognize an outstanding junior faculty member. Based on available funds, the Suggs Professorship will be awarded annually to a junior faculty (untenured tenure-track assistant professor) for outstanding accomplishment and professional promise. The recipient of the award will use the title “Nina Bell Suggs Professor” until the faculty member is promoted to associate professor or until the faculty member leaves the University. The amount of the professorship is based on the annual spending allocation from the endowment and it will fluctuate from year to year. Should funding not be available, the professorship may not be awarded.  Applications are due by March 21, 2016.


Sabbatical and Leave Requests for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Application Deadline has Passed:


Online Course Development Award Request For Proposals (RFP)

Submission Deadline: has passed

The University seeks proposals from faculty members in academic departments for the development of new online courses. Priority will be given to proposals for conversion of GEC courses to an online format, for development of online courses that will enable an academic major or minor to become fully online, and/or proposals that employ innovative course design.

All courses must be approved for online delivery through Academic and/or Graduate Council before the course can be offered. Units must submit an application for online approval within three months if their course is approved for this grant.

Summer Grants for the Improvement of Instruction

Submission Deadline: has passed

NEH Summer Stipends

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends aid scholars conducting humanities research toward the production of articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archeological site reports, translations, or editions, et. The stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive, uninterrupted months of full-time research and writing.

The USM office of the Provost will supplement an awarded NEH stipend with a variable sum which in combination with the NEH stipend equals the awardee's established summer teaching salary as determined by faculty rank.

  Submission Deadline: has passed

Excellence in University Service Award

The "Excellence in University Service Award" is given to a faculty member who has excelled in (non-administrative) service to the university community. Due date for applications has passed.

Excellence in University Teaching Award

The "Excellence in University Teaching Award" recognizes a faculty member with a record of exceptional teaching. The due date for applications has passed.

The Excellence in University Librarianship Award

The "Excellence in University Librarianship Award," recognizes a faculty member who has significantly contributed in the practice of librarianship through excellent performance that enhances the dissemination of knowledge and through the advancement of learning. This award is presented every other year (even-numbered years). Due date for applications has passed

Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Awards

This endowment was established in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey K. Lucas to support and reward faculty excellence in instruction and research. In an effort to support faculty, the endowment can be used for travel, laboratory expenses, wages, books, audiovisuals, or other sources. Proposals for the endowment can involve topics as related to instruction and/or research.The application materials due date has passed. A final report is not required.


Each year the Mississippi Legislature sponsors the HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day - Working for Academic Excellence) in Jackson, MS. Activities for HEADWAE are coordinated by the Mississippi Association of Colleges and supported by the corporate community.

A faculty member who has exhibited outstanding accomplishments in the areas of research, teaching and service and an outstanding student from each participating member institution of the Mississippi Association of Colleges will be recognized during the HEADWAE events. A Southern Miss university-wide committee recommends an outstanding faculty member to the Provost and President during the fall semester of each year. 

The HEADWAE recipients (one faculty member and one student) from Southern Miss will be recognized by the Mississippi Legislature during the HEADWAE ceremonies in Jackson, MS in February 2016.

Application deadline has passed.


Grand Marshal

This award recognizes a senior faculty member who has excelled in teaching, research and service. The award recipient will be recognized and serve as Grand Marshal at the university commencement ceremonies for one calendar year. Application deadline has passed.


IHL Diversity Award for Excellence

The IHL Diversity Award for Excellence recognizes a faculty member or a staff member who has demonstrated positive advancement of diversity on campus and within the University community. Each Mississippi IHL university, as well as the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine, will submit one nomination for consideration of the state award. The state-wide recipient and the other university nominees will be recognized at the IHL Board meeting in February 2016. Application deadline has passed.  Nominations can be submitted by any faculty member, staff member, or student.