Alison Faculty Award is the University's highest competitive award
for faculty. It consists of a $10,000 prize.
In addition, the
Alison Society inducts all recipients into the Society.
Senate's Committee on Student and Faculty Honors invites UD faculty
to submit nominations for the Alison Award. Nominations and
supporting evidence from faculty and chairs are to be submitted to the appropriate
deans by March 1.
In turn, deans
should compile candidates' dossiers and submit them to
the Committee on Student and
Faculty Honors by March 15. Each college may submit one nomination,
with the exception of Arts and Sciences which, owing to its larger
size, may submit up to three.
All dossiers must include a Dossier
Submission Checklist .
Criteria of Excellence
which was established by the Trustees of the University, is to be
given each year to a faculty member of the University of Delaware
who has made notable contributions to his or her field of study.
Notable contributions may be defined in the context of the
Dr. Francis Alison's achievements. Alison's contemporary, President
Ezra Stiles of Yale, called Alison "the greatest classical scholar
in America." It was said of him that "few schoolmasters [in the
American colonies] ever taught a larger number of pupils who afterwards
acquired such distinguished reputations." The Committee seeks to
recognize those individuals in our intellectual community who best
characterize the scholar-schoolmaster.
as a research scholar is primary. Evidence of contributions
educator in one's field or at UD is also essential for demonstrating
that the candidate is an outstanding scholar-schoolmaster.
Rules of Eligibility for the Award
- All current
full-time faculty who hold either a primary or secondary appointment
- Has not won
the Alison Award previously.
- Must attend
the ceremony at which the award is presented.
Francis Alison Faculty Award is the University's highest competitive
faculty award, the Committee requires strong and substantial evidence
Each dossier must contain all of the following. Dossiers
with missing items will be returned unread.
Letters from UD colleagues and other supplementary materials may be submitted but
are not required.
A completed Dossier Submission Checklist.
- Dean's letter: Must summarize the quality and impact of
the nominee's scholarship and teaching.
Chair's letter (unless chair is the candidate): Must
provide specific and detailed evidence on the quality and
impact of the nominee's research and for his or her influence on students
and instruction as a teacher,
advisor, mentor, or leader in the field.
from national and/or international experts.
Letters from former students.
Specificity of Supporting
It is important to provide specific and detailed evidence to
the following sorts of accomplishment, where applicable.
Contributions as a Scholar
- National and international distinction within field:
Is this individual widely recognized as a national or international expert
within his or her research field? To what degree are other experts in the
nominee's field of study familiar with the nominee's research?
- Quality and impact of research:
Is the nominee's work considered fundamental to the development of his or
her research field? Is any of the nominee's research considered
"cutting-edge" or "seminal?" To what extent is this research used as a
basis for further research by other scholars? How influential is the
nominee's research both within and outside the field?
Contributions as an Educator
- Dedication to teaching, advising, and mentoring:
What is the nominee's reputation as a teacher, advisor, and mentor? How
influential has the nominee been in the lives and pursuits of students?
Has the nominee inspired student interest in his or her area of research?
How successful and influential are those students? How much do they
credit their enthusiasm for their discipline and their success to the
nominee's teaching, advising, or mentoring?
- Leadership and contributions to education:
Has the nominee taken a leadership role within his or her department,
program or college at the University of Delaware? What has been the
nominee's influence on the quality of education at in the field? Has
the nominee inspired other teachers?
to deans: March 1.
Deans' submissions to Committee: March 15.
submit dossiers to the Faculty Senate Office,
011E Hullihen Hall.
Materials submitted for those candidates not
selected for the award will be returned to deans so that they may
be included, if so desired, in future submissions for the award.
The Committee encourages renomination of worthy candidates.
Senate Office or the Chair
of the Committee.