Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Handbook

4.6 Awards

Bhakta Rath Research Award

The Bhakta Rath Research Award, established by an endowment from Dr. Bhakta Rath and his wife, Sushama Rath, offers an opportunity to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research in the field of physical and natural sciences and engineering. Recipients of this award will be a PhD graduate student and their collaborating Michigan Tech faculty member. The award will provide recognition to those who conduct exceptional scientific and technological research of particular value and in anticipation of the future needs of the nation while supporting potential advances in emerging technology.

Distinguished Teacher Award

The Distinguished Teacher Award, presented annually to a professor or associate professor and an assistant professor, professor of practice, or lecturer, commemorates outstanding achievements in the field of teaching. The honor was established in 1952 and carries with it a citation as well as an honorarium. Recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award are selected by a special committee with input from students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Faculty Distinguished Service Award

The Faculty Distinguished Service Award provides recognition of superior and exceptional service activities by a member of the Michigan Tech faculty. The award is open to all full-time faculty, including lecturers and research faculty. Those who hold restricted appointments (e.g. adjunct, visiting, temporary or part-time faculty) are not eligible. Faculty who hold positions with a significant administrative component (e.g. deans, associate deans, department chairs, etc.) are also not eligible for the award. A Michigan Tech Service Award Committee administers all aspects of the nomination and selection process and submits a recommendation to the Provost for final approval. A monetary prize accompanies the award.

Fredrick D. Williams Instructional Innovation Award

The Fredrick D. Williams Instructional Innovation Award is intended to recognize the exceptional efforts of faculty members who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of the instructional mission of the University in the design, or redesign, of one or more of its educational offerings. The award was established in 2005 by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Faculty Development to honor Dr. Fredrick D. Williams, former director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and a longstanding member of the faculty of the Department of Chemistry, and carries with it a citation as well as an honorarium. Recipients of the award are selected by a special committee based on the nominations received from faculty, department chairs, and deans.

Research Award

The Michigan Tech Research Award, offers an opportunity for an individual to be recognized for outstanding achievement in research. For the purpose of the Award, the term "research" is to be interpreted broadly to mean scholarly endeavor. The Award should not only be an honor to the person so recognized, but also symbolic of Michigan Tech's high standard of research achievement. The nomination should be based on the impact that a person has made toward advancement of knowledge, or the state of scholarship as evidenced by either a sustained productive scholarly endeavor or a single noteworthy breakthrough in research results.


Revised:
12/08/2016 - Annual Review: No changes made to content.
01/27/2015 - Annual Review: To reflect current practice, the email address for questions is now policy@mtu.edu. No changes made to content.
02/13/2014 - Annual Review: Updated Michigan Tech and Handbook banners. Under "Research Award", added the sentence: "The nomination should be based on the impact that a person has made toward advancement of knowledge, or the state of scholarship as evidenced by either a sustained productive scholarly endeavor or a single noteworthy breakthrough in research results" and deleted the last sentence: "The Research Award, consisting of a citation and honorarium, is presented to members of Michigan Tech's faculty and research agencies."
07/19/2011 - Annual Review: Added the Bhakta Rath Research Award, the Faculty Distinguished Service Award, and the Fredrick D. Williams Instructional Innovation Award; added professor of practice and lecturer to Distinguished Teacher Award, and to reflect current University titles and  practice, MTU is now Michigan Tech and the email address for questions is now hbwebmaster.