Arkansas State University has introduced a new honor for faculty members: the Chancellor’s Medal for Research and Creative Activities. This medal will be the highest honor that faculty members can receive from the university.
Medal recipients will be selected by the Faculty Awards Committee, and these faculty members will receive a $5,000 stipend to support research. The medals will be awarded based on faculty members’ publications, presentations, performances and grants received.
The Chancellor’s Medal for Research and Creative Activities was created with the support of alumnus Buddy Beck and the Beck Foundation, according to an A-State release
“Throughout his career, Buddy Beck has pushed back the frontiers of what is possible, and encouraged the efforts of research and development,” Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said in a statement. “The new Chancellor’s Medal will recognize that vital work on our campus through a stipend as well as the recognition that comes from selection as the top researcher near the end of each academic year.”
A-State is also creating the Emerging Faculty Scholar Award, which will spotlight early career faculty members. This award will provide a $2,500 stipend and will be available to all pre-tenure A-State faculty members.
“Creating the Chancellor’s Medal for Research and Creative Activities and the Emerging Faculty Scholar Award will greatly elevate the profile of research work at Arkansas State,” Vice Provost for Research and Technology Transfer Tom Risch said.
The Chancellor’s Medal for Research and Creative Activities will be awarded this year as part of the Faculty Achievement Awards during the Convocation of Scholars. The Emerging Faculty Scholar Award will be awarded next year.
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