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Awards & Endowments

Note: All award application submissions (except for the SGII, Open Textbook Initiative, and University Faculty Fellows) will take place in Digital Measures Workflow. Click here to access Digital Measures, then Click on Workflow. Contact Allison%20Gillespie with questions. 

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, archaeological 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:  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.

Submission Deadline: Deadline has passed.


IHL Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

The IHL Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion 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 2020.  Nominations can be submitted by any faculty member, staff member, or student.

Submission Deadline:  Deadline has passed.


Summer Grants for the Improvement of Instruction

For the 2019 Summer Grants for the Improvement of Instruction (SGII), the Office of the Provost calls for proposals from faculty for the redesign of undergraduate courses to incorporate High-Impact Practices (HIPs) that have been demonstrated to improve student learning, increase student involvement in their educational process, and enhance motivation to continue advancing their knowledge and experience.

DEADLINE: Monday, October 28, 2020


Sabbatical and Leave Requests

All leave requests (e.g., sabbatical leaves and leaves without pay) for the 2020-2021 academic year are due to the Office of the Provost by the deadline listed below.  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. The awarding of sabbatical leaves is contingent upon available funding.


Applicants - Check with your school director for internal submission deadlines. Applicant materials must be submitted via Workflow.

October 30, Deans submission of recommendations to Office of the Provost (via Workflow)


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: 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: 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: Deadline has passed.


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.  The Excellence in Librarianship Award is presented every other year (even-numbered years). 

Submission Deadline: Deadline has passed.


Open Textbook Initiative

To support faculty in their efforts to replace traditional commercial textbooks with academically equivalent alternatives that are available at no cost to students.

Submission Deadline:  November 26, 2019, 11:59 p.m.


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.  

DEADLINE:  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. 

DEADLINE:  Deadline has passed.     


Academic Excellence Awards Through the Southern Miss Fund



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.

DEADLINE: February 28, 2020 

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