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University Faculty Fellows

The University Faculty Fellows is a new fellowship program that will acknowledge members of the Corps of Instruction who contribute significantly to the Vision 2020 ideals and/or those of our institutional mission, vision, and values.

 The fundamental question of Vision 2020 was:

What can we do within our existing resource realities to highlight our strengths, cultivate creativity, and distinguish ourselves as an institution?


The Vision 2020 Fundamental Principles Guiding Our Work 

  • Advancing USM as a university renowned for academic rigor, innovation, and the achievements of its community of scholars;
  • Strengthening our commitment to excellence in research, scholarship, and service;
  • Distinguishing USM as a community of engaged citizens, operating as a public, student-centered, doctoral-granting research university


The Goals of Vision 2020

  • Promote collaborative and innovative disciplinary and multi-disciplinary work
  • Highlight our distinctive strengths and enhancing our potential for market and recruitment



All faculty at the rank of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate or Full Professor (teaching, research, clinical or tenure track), or assistant tenure-stream professors having completed a positive pre-tenure review, in all units, who do not hold a distinguished professorship are eligible for nomination.

Nominees should be faculty who devote the majority of their effort to excellence in fundamental research, scholarship, creative work, teaching innovation, and/or inter/multi-disciplinary academic curricular/research/service innovation.

Preference will be given to faculty who have been recently promoted and who have not had an infusion of research funding through grants or retention programs.



Deans, school directors and faculty colleagues at the rank of professor may nominate candidates. Candidates may NOT nominate themselves or contribute supporting information to the nomination materials. Candidates are not to be notified that they have been nominated. The Council for Academic Excellence will review, score and rank the nominations and make recommendations to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Final selections will be announced at the Faculty and Staff Awards Day ceremony at the conclusion of the Spring term. 


Nomination Submission Process

Submit a 500-word or less nomination letter that highlights the accomplishments and contributions of the nominee as it relates to the ideals of Vision 2020.  No other materials are to be submitted with the nomination.

After the submission deadline for nominations has passed, supporting documentation will be obtained from Digital Measures.

Letters of nomination will now be submitted via MachForm (this is a change from the original announcement).




All letters of nomination are due by February 28, 2020.



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