Awards & Endowments

Diversity Award for Excellence

The 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 2015.  Applications are due by October 30, 2014.
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      • Eligibility:

Full-time faculty and staff members with a minimum of three years experience at USM are eligible.

  • Supporting Documentation:

 

Applicants should submit the following:

 

  • 1. a vita; a (include years of service at USM; publications, grants, and other major efforts related to promoting diversity; professional memberships and organizations; and community and civic involvement)
  •  2. a single-spaced narrative of your contributions to the positive advancement of diversity on campus at Southern Miss and within the University community
  • 3. two letters of support from faculty, administrators or staff (each letter of support must address how the candidate has demonstrated positive advancement of diversity and has been involved in community and civic activities)

 

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.  Applications are due by November 17, 2014.
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      • Eligibility:

Full-time faculty members who hold the rank of Full Professor and have a minimum of ten years experience at The University of Southern Mississippi are eligible. Individuals who have received the award twice are ineligible for future consideration.

      • Supporting Documentation:

Faculty must submit by December 3, 2013, the following documents: a maximum five-page vita; a maximum of three pages summarizing accomplishments in teaching, research and service; and three letters of support from faculty, students, administrators, or staff.

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

Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey Lucas provide an endowment 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 are due by November 3, 2014. A final report is not required. 

 
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      • Eligibility 

        The endowment is open to all faculty members except recipients from the previous year. Previous recipients must wait one year before applying for another Lucas endowment. Recipients of the endowment are allowed to teach full-time during the award period. 

         

        Endowment Funds

        Applicants can request up to $5,000 for the project.  The funds from the endowment cannot be used as a salary supplement for the recipient, but recipients are allowed to teach full-time during the award period.  The recipients of the endowment will receive the funds in May 2015 and the funds must be used by April 30, 2016. 

         

        Deadlines 

        Submission deadline – 1st Monday of November

        Award announced – early spring semester

        Funds available – from May 1, 2015 until April 30, 2016

        After April 30, 2016, funds not used by the recipients will be returned to USM Foundation to be deposited in the Lucas Endowment.

         

        Criteria for Selection   

        1. The clarity and comprehensiveness of the project description.

        2.  The anticipated impact of the project on education at Southern Miss.

        3.  The reasonableness of the budget as described in the proposal.

        4. The recommendation and comments in the letters of support (chair/director and dean).

         

        Contents of Application Materials

        The application materials should contain the following information and materials:

        1) Cover Page

        The cover page should include the following information:

        Name of Applicant

        Academic Rank of Applicant

        College and School or Department of Applicant

        Title of Proposal

        Type of Proposal (instruction and/or research)

        Total Funds Requested (up to $5,000)

        Starting and Ending Dates of Project (within the May 2015 – April 2016 time period)

         

        2) Project description

        The project description should be single-spaced, formatted using a 12-point font with one-inch margins on all sides (limited to two pages for each applicant).  The description should include:

        Background

        Purpose

        Methodology

        Anticipated impact to yourself and the university

        Progress and Time-Line

        Budget (with a justification for each expense)

         

        3) Vita

        Applicants will include a current vita, limited to two pages.

         

        4) Letters of support

        The application proposal should have two letters of support:  a letter from the chair/director and a letter from the dean.  Each letter should address the project and approve the release time.  The applicant sends the cover page, project description, and current vita to the chair/director for review.  It is the responsibility of the chair/director to attach a letter of support and submit the application materials, along with the letter, to the dean, who sends the application materials to the Office of the Provost (see details of submission below).

         

        Submission of application materials

        Application materials are due to the Office of the Provost on November 3, 2014.

        Submit the cover page, project description, and current vita to the chair/director for review.  The chair/director electronically submits the application materials along with a letter of support to the dean for review.  The dean will add a letter of support and electronically submit all sections of the application materials to the Office of the Provost (send to Susie.Plymale@usm.edu).  For additional information please contact Cynthia Easterling or Susie Plymale in the Office of the Provost at (601) 266-6579.

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.


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      • Limited Submission:

NEH allows each university two (2) nominations. To facilitate nominee selection, a committee appointed by the USM Provost will review applications and make recommendations to the Provost.

      • To Be Considered:

Prepare and submit an application package to Southern Miss Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) by 5 pm on September 16, 2014.  Detailed application elements and instructions are posted on SPA's Internal Competitions page ( http://usm.edu/spa/policies/internal_competitions.htm ).

      • Deadlines:

- Application materials are due at SPA by 5 pm on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

- Nominees will be notified by Thursday, September 25, 2014

- Nominee applications are due at NEH by Thursday, September 30, 2014

Sabbatical and Leave Requests for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Sabbatical Leave applications from the deans are due to the Provost by October 27, 2014.

This is a reminder that all leave requests (e.g., sabbatical leaves and leaves without pay) for the 2015-2016 academic year are due to the Provost Office by Monday, October 27, 2014.
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Information about Sabbatical Leave

Sabbatical leave is granted for the sole purpose of professional improvement and is not necessarily earned by the required duration of University employment. Sabbatical leave is intended to assist faculty to achieve in academic rank and to enhance their professional development and scholarly reputation. A plan incorporating goals for the sabbatical leave is required. Please review Chapter 6, Faculty Development Opportunities, in the Faculty Handbook for additional information about sabbatical leave.

When a faculty member is granted an academic leave of absence, it is the responsibility of the responsible department chair/director and dean to ensure that the faculty member's classes are assigned to existing faculty. Employment of additional instructors or faculty members for this purpose must be approved by the dean and the Provost.

If awarded sabbatical leave, the faculty member shall agree to complete the proposed plan during the term awarded. Faculty members awarded sabbatical leave shall agree to the following:

- to engage in professional development as specified in an approved application for leave;

- not to enter into a written or implied obligation of employment violating the contract for full service to the University;

- to return to full-time employment at the University for a period at least equal to the term of leave; and

- to submit to responsible deans at the midpoint of the leave an interim report describing progress toward sabbatical goals and a formal, final report to the dean and Provost within sixty days of the conclusion of leave.

 

When is the due date for the sabbatical application?

Applicants should check with the chair/director and dean for due dates at each level.  By October 27, 2014, the deans are to submit all favorable application materials and support letters to the provost (susie.plymale@usm.edu). Deans should submit sabbatical recommendations in priority order.

Application Materials

When applying for sabbatical leave the faculty member should electronically submit the following materials to the department chair/director or at the option of the academic department, to the departmental personnel committee:

      • 1. Cover page with the faculty's name, title, and the time period requested for leave
      • 2. Description of the Project

The project description should not be longer than two pages, single-spaced, formatted using a 12-point font or larger with one-inch margins on all sides. The project description should include the following sections.

1. Objectives and Significance of the Project

2. Relation of the Project to Your Long-Term Scholarly Goals

3. Relation of the Project to Present State of Knowledge in the Field

4. General Plan and/or Methods and Procedures

- Where the proposed project is part of a longer project, what is the nature and expected date of completion of the entire project?

5. Plans for Publication or Dissemination of Results

      • 3. Brief two-page vita highlighting most relevant accomplishments
      • 4. Supporting documentation

Faculty may want to submit supporting documentation, such as, letters of support from agencies, universities, libraries, and other institutions with whom the faculty member will be working (optional) or other supporting materials appropriate to the discipline (optional). Limit the supporting documentations to 10 pages.

Submission Guideline Steps

Materials and documents for the sabbatical application process are submitted electronically according to the following steps:

      • Step 1. The faculty member (below the level of department chair/director) applying for sabbatical leave will electronically submit the cover page, project description, vita, and supporting documentation to the department chair/director or at the option of the academic department, to the departmental personnel committee. Please check for the department's due date.  Chairs applying for sabbatical leaves should refer to the Faculty Handbook section 6.2.6 about submitting sabbatical requests.

      • Step 2. The chair/director (department personnel committee) will review the sabbatical application materials and will write a support or non-support letter to the dean. The chair/director electronically submits the application materials along with the letter of support or non-support to the dean for review. Please check with the dean for the college's due date.

      • Step 3. The responsible deans must evaluate the sabbatical requests, not only upon the merits, but must also consider the overall impact of the absences on the operations of the departments and colleges. Deans must either concur or dissent in writing with departmental recommendations.  By October 28, 2013 the deans are to submit all favorable application materials and support letters to the Office of the Provost (susie.plymale@usm.edu).  Deans should submit sabbatical recommendations in priority order.

      • Step 4. The Provost will consult with the Sabbatical Review Committee for evaluation and recommendations of the applications. The Provost then submits recommendations to the President.

      • Step 5. After review, the President submits recommendations for academic leaves of absence to the Board of Trustees. Thereafter, the decisions of the Board are conveyed to the President, who informs the Provost and deans of the responsible colleges.

For additional information, contact Cynthia Easterling in the Office of the Provost at (601 266-6579 or cynthia.easterling@usm.edu

Summer Grants for the Improvement of Instruction

The University of Southern Mississippi is committed to the ongoing development of new and innovative teaching strategies or techniques that ultimately result in the improvement or assessment of student learning. In an effort to support faculty and provide appropriate resources, the Office of the Provost will award salary stipends to faculty who are dedicated to the development and delivery of academic programs through innovative education methods.

Projects should involve instructional activities beyond those normally expected of faculty members at Southern Mississippi. SGII projects should be completed within the summer term approved. Results or outcomes of the SGII project are expected to be implemented within the year following the summer award.  If the project/proposal involves the approval of Academic Council or Graduate Council, these approvals should be made prior to the submission deadline date.

 Applicants can submit SGII proposals that take anywhere from three to nine hours of course release time to complete the project.  Acceptance of a SGII award for three course equivalencies (nine hours equivalent) prohibits additional university employment during the term of the grant. If partial release time (three hours or six hours) is requested, the recipient is eligible to engage in other university employment (e.g., teaching or administrative duties), but total university compensation may not exceed three course equivalencies (nine hours).

The terms of the Summer Grant for the Improvement of Instruction grants coincide with the University’s summer semester faculty pay scale. The amounts awarded for the grants are based on the academic ranks of recipients and are equivalent to summer salaries for teaching 3 to 9 nine hours.  Applications are due by October 20, 2014.

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Eligibility

Awards are open to full-time, nine-month Corps of Instruction who are teaching at least six-hours of regularly scheduled courses during the current academic year in which application is made.

A SGII proposal may be submitted by individual faculty or by more than one faculty member.  If two or more faculty members submit a SGII proposal, details about the role and time commitment for each faculty member should be included in the proposal.

Award recipients must remain at USM for at least one academic year following the summer term for which the award is received. Previous recipients must wait four years before receiving a second award.

 

 Deadlines

Submission deadline – 3rd Monday of October

Award announced – end of fall semester

Funds available – for summer term

 

Criteria for Selection

  1. The clarity and comprehensivenes of the project description.
  2. The recommendations and comments from the chair/director and dean.
  3. The degree to which the project meets a significant instructional need.
  4. The potential impact of the project on education at Southern Miss in terms of its general usefulness to the academic community.
  5. The reasonability of the timeline and the request for course release in relation to the proposed project.  If more than one faculty member submits a proposal, the review committee will look at the amount of courese release for each faculty member.
  6. The workload of the project warrants the number of release time requested by each faculty member.
Contents of Application Materials
  1. Cover page (name, academic rank, department/school, college, and title of proposal).
  2. Proposal (limited to four single-spaced pages for each submission).
  3. Letter from chair recommending the project and approving release time.
  4. Letter from the dean recommending the project and approving release time.
  5. Vita (limited to three pages for each faculty member).
  6. Optional - Supporting material (limited to two pages).

 Guidelines for Proposal

The proposal should not exceed four pages in length (single-spaced) and must include the following information (supporting materials may be added - optional):

a.  Purpose.

Describe briefly the goal of your project and its importance. Include sufficient background information to define the problem for a general university audience.

b.  Method.

Describe the steps you will take to implement the project. This may include assistance from  iTech, Learning Enhancement Center, or other support areas/offices. If your project requires funding beyond the salary stipend, indicate in the proposal the source and status of the additional funds.   If you require instructional technology support or other academic support, indicate whether such support is available. 

c.  Anticipated impact.

Indicate the potential impact of the project on instruction.  Identify the groups affected by the project and describe in what ways these groups will benefit from the development and delivery of this project.

d.  Evaluation and Assessment.

Tell how you intend to measure the effectiveness of your project and how you will assess student-learning outcomes.  These assessment methods may be part of the innovative design of the program.

e.  Progress and timeline.

Outline any work already undertaken and provide a timetable for the anticipated completion of the project. Compensation can be requested for one, two, or three course equivalents (three, six, or nine credit hours).  Include the number of credit hours (release time) each faculty member will use in completing the project.  Justify that the project workload warrants the release time.  If requesting release time for a project equivalent to nine credit hours, grant recipients are not permitted to undertake additional university employment and/or grant during the grant period used as teaching summer classes.

f. Other items for the application package - supporting materials (optional).

You may attach one set of supporting materials to your proposal, such as a text, articles, external letters, etc. Faculty members are limited to submitting two pages of supporting materials.

 

Vita

Each faculty member should include with the proposal a current vita ( limited to  three pages for each faculty member). 

 

 

Letters of Support

The application proposal should have two letters of support:  a letter from the chair/director and a letter from the dean.  Each letter should address the project and approve the release time.  The applicant sends the proposal, supporting materials (optional), and current vita to the chair/director for review.  It is the responsibility of the chair/director to attach a letter of support and submit the application materials, along with the letter, to the dean, who sends the application materials to the Office of the Provost (see details about submission below).

 

 

Submission of application materials

Application materials are due to the Office of the Provost by October 20, 2014.

Applicants will submit the cover page, the proposal, supporting materials (optional), and a current vita to the chair/director for review.  The chair/director electronically submits the application materials along with a letter of support to the dean for review.  The dean will add a letter of support and submit all sections of the application materials to the Office of the Provost (send to Susie.Plymale@usm.edu).  For additional information please contact Cynthia Easterling or Susie Plymale in the Office of the Provost at (601) 266-6579.

HEADWAE Award

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 2015.

Applications are due by October 13, 2014.

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    • Timeline
      Applications for HEADWAE are due to the Provost by October 13, 2014.
      HEADWAE Review Committee selects Southern Mississippi faculty nominee by October 24, 2014.
      HEADWAE faculty nominee submits final materials and photo to the Office of the Provost by October 30, 2014 for submission to IHL.

      To apply you will need the following information.

      • Cover Letter (indicating the desire to apply and the faculty member’s name, title, department, college, years of service at Southern Mississippi and years of service in higher education)
      • Current Vita
      • Two-page summary of accomplishments. (organized in the areas of teaching, research/creative activities and service)
      • Additional supporting documents will not be reviewed unless specifically requested by the University HEADWAE Review Committee

      Applications for HEADWAE are due to the Provost by October 13, 2014. 

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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 16, 2015.

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Eligibility:

      • All applicants must be untenured tenure-track assistant professor in good standing at The University of Southern Mississippi in their second, third, or fourth year working toward tenure. (the award recipient must not be tenured or promoted during the first year of the endowed professorship)

      • To be eligible, an individual must be within 10 years of receiving the terminal degree with no more than six years of service as a faculty member (at all institutions combined). Time as a visiting faculty member is not included.

         

      • An individual may apply for the professorship in multiple cycles but may not receive the award more than once.

 

Submission Guidelines:

Applicants should submit the following:


      • 1. a narrative of no more than three double-spaced pages that addresses. professional accomplishments as a junior faculty member.

           In addition to the narrative, applications must include the following:

      • 2. Recommendation letters (three total - one must be from chair or director. Of the two remaining letters, either or both may be from individuals outside The University of Southern Mississippi). Letters should not only discuss prior accomplishments and current activity but should also address the individual’s potential for contributions to the University, the discipline or profession, and/or the community.
      • 3. Brief two-page vita highlighting most relevant accomplishments. Up to two additional pages (or equivalent) of supplemental materials--not narrative--may be submitted if necessary to support the application. Examples of supplemental material include bibliographies, images, music samples, and links to products.

 

Evaluation of Proposals:

Applicants will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

      •  1. Clarity of the narrative (for general audience)
      •  2. Academic accomplishments
      •  3. Professional promise, supported by recommendation letters
        • Individuals not meeting the eligibility requirements or applications not addressing all submission criteria, not submitted by the deadline, or in the required format will not be considered for this professorship.

Process and Timeline:              

      • Applications for the professorship will be due March 16, 2015.  Based on available funds, more than one recipient may be selected and the funds will be distributed after July 1, 2015.  The recipient(s) will be announced in Summer 2015 and recognized on Spring 2016 during the Faculty Awards Ceremony.

Distribution of the Award:

      • Funds may be used as desired by the recipient and will be distributed to the recipient as a one-time award through University Payroll. Taxes will be withheld from the final award amount.
      • Application materials are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, March 16, 2015 and must be submitted together at one time. The review committee may not consider applications that have missing material or documents
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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 26, 2015.
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      • Junior Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award

Description: This award recognizes a junior faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding teaching ability.

Eligibility: Full-time, tenure track faculty members who hold the rank of Assistant Professor with five or fewer years of service at USM are eligible. Individuals who have received the award once are ineligible for future consideration.

Supporting Documentation: Successful applicants will submit a vita, a 500 word summary statement of teaching philosophy (single-spaced)and two letters of support (one from a faculty member or administrator and one from a student).

Application Deadline: January 26, 2015

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      • Junior Faculty Creative Activity Award

Description: This award recognizes a junior faculty member who has demonstrated unique creative ability.

Eligibility: Full-time, tenure track faculty members who hold the rank of Assistant Professor with five or fewer years of service at USM are eligible. Individuals who have received the award once are ineligible for future consideration.

Supporting Documentation: Successful applicants will submit a vita, a 500 word summary statement of creative accomplishments (single-spaced), and two letters of support (one letter from a faculty member or administrator and one from an external reviewer).

Application Deadline: January 26, 2015

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      • Junior Faculty Research Award

Description: This award recognizes a junior faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional research ability.

Eligibility: Full-time, tenure track faculty members who hold the rank of Assistant Professor with five or fewer years of service at USM are eligible. Individuals who have received the award once are ineligible for future consideration.

Supporting Documentation: Successful applicants will submit a vita, a 500 word summary statement of research accomplishments (single-spaced), and two letters of support (one letter from a faculty member or administrator and one from an external reviewer).

Application Deadline: January 26, 2015

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