Awards & Endowments


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, etc. 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:  September 15, 2016    DEADLINE HAS PASSED  



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 2017.

Submission Deadline:  October 10, 2016       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 2017.  Nominations can be submitted by any faculty member, staff member, or student.



Summer Grants for the Improvement of Instruction

The Summer Grants for the improvement of instruction (SGII) provide a limited number of faculty each summer with 3-6 hours of reassigned time to devote to creating or revising one or more courses. For the 2017 SGII, the Office of the Provost seeks innovative, creative proposals to transform teaching through the use of active learning pedagogy.

Submission Deadline: October 18, 2016     DEADLINE HAS PASSED


Sabbatical and Leave Requests

All leave requests (e.g., sabbatical leaves and leaves without pay) for the 2017-2018 academic year are due to the Office of the Provost by Monday, October 24, 2016.  Applications for all leave requests are submitted to the Office of the Provost from the deans.  Sabbatical leaves are awarded to faculty members for professional improvement and to assist faculty in achieving promotion in academic rank and enhance professional development and scholarly reputation.

Submission Deadline:  October 24, 2016    DEADLINE 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.  A final report is not required.

Submission Deadline: November 7, 2016   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.  

Submission Deadline:  November 14, 2016    DEADLINE HAS PASSED


Excellence in University Teaching Award

The "Excellence in University Teaching Award" recognizes a faculty member with a record of exceptional teaching.  

Submission Deadline:  November 14, 2016    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. 

Submission Deadline:  November 21, 2016    DEADLINE HAS PASSED

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Open Textbook Initiative

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, with considerable financial support and direction from the Office of the Provost, will organize and administer awards ranging from $(400.00) to $(1600.00) each to faculty member who successfully submits winning proposals that are considered likely to:  

  • save students money by eliminating expensive, commercial textbooks
  • improve student learning with tailored curricular resources
  • support faculty experimentation with open educational resources
  • encourage an institutional culture that supports open sharing of scholarship

Submission Deadline:  December 5, 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.  

Submission Deadline:  January 23, 2017    DEADLINE HAS PASSED


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. 

Submission Deadline:  March 20, 2017        DEADLINE HAS PASSED