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The Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar award is presented to an SIUE faculty member in order to recognize the role of interdependence of research/scholarship and teaching. The Award confirms SIUE's belief that an individual must be a good scholar to be a good teacher.
This program is limited to tenured and tenure-track faculty and staff with research appointments. An individual may not receive the Simon Award for two consecutive years. No limit exists on the number of applicants a department or program may submit, although no more than one award will be given each year.
Nature of Award
The Simon Award recognizes faculty members who contribute original research or creative activities and integrate that research or creative activity into their teaching activities. A certificate and a $5,000 award, routed through the payroll system, will be presented to the honoree.
The Simon Award is not given automatically each year; it is only awarded when a nominee of superior merit is selected. A maximum of one award will be given annually.
*The Simon Awardee is expected to make a presentation for graduate students and faculty that reveals how the awardee has integrated research and teaching at the Graduate School Research Symposium in the spring following receipt of the award.
Portfolio applications are due in the Graduate School by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2013.
Applications must be supported by a detailed introductory statement supplying evidence of the significance of the research or creative activity and the success in integrating this research or creative activity into excellence in teaching.
Examples of research or creative activity achievements are the following:
Success in integrating research, research experience, or creative activities in teaching may involve the following:
The detailed introductory description, of three (3) to five (5) pages, should document the above-mentioned activities. The narrative should include professional evidence demonstrating a steady continuation of (a) interactions that integrate outstanding research or creative activities into excellent teaching, as well as (b) the research or creative activity. Appendices providing more detailed information can be attached. A vita must also be included.
The chair, or another appropriate faculty member, should write a letter of support that details the applicant's achievements in the arena of research or creative activities as well as the applicant's success in linking outstanding research or creative activities with excellent teaching.
The application packet must be delivered to the Graduate School, Campus Box 1046, or Room 2202 in Rendleman Hall by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2013.
The Graduate School's Research and Projects Advisory Board will select the Simon Award recipient. The RPAB Committee's evaluation of nominees will include, but is not limited to, consideration of the following:
Definition of Research
Research is broadly defined as all creative, critical, scholarly, and/or empirical activity that expands, clarifies, reorganizes, or develops knowledge or artistic perception. This definition of research includes the demonstration, implementation, application, and dissemination of research results and those grants designated as research by the granting agency. This definition of research does not include departmental curriculum development, faculty development (learning an established technique, a language, or a methodology; dissertation research), institutional research (studies related directly to the operation of the University), and public service and consulting activities.
Although not included in the definition of research, departmental curriculum development (preparation of curriculum materials, curriculum revisions, student interest surveys) may be evidence of the nominee's integration of research or creative activities with teaching.
Application Packet Checklist
The following items must be included in the Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award Application Packet:
October 25, 2013: applications due to The Graduate School
End of November, 2013: announcement of awards
April 1, 2014: Paul Simon Luncheon – presentation of award
Spring 2014: 2014 Honoree gives Paul Simon Luncheon Address
Program Contacts :
Patience Graybill Condellone
Research Administrator and Internal Grants Coordinator
Associate Dean for Research
Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Awards
2014-- Julie Holt, Anthropology
2013-- Andy Pomerantz, Psychology
2012-- George Engel, Electrical & Computer Engineering
2011-- Michael Shaw, Chemistry
2010-- Urszula Ledzewicz, Mathematics & Statistics
2009-- David Kauzlarich, Sociology & Criminal Justice Studies
Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Awards
2008-- Albert Luo, Mechanical Engineering
2007-- Brad Cross, Civil Engineering
2006-- Allison J. Funk, English Language and Literature
2005-- Marvin S. Finkelstein, Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies
2004-- Mark G. Bolyard, Biological Sciences
2003-- Leah O'Brien, Chemistry
2002-- Rob J. Zachow, Dental Medicine
2001-- James W. Trent, Social Work
2000-- Ronald P. Schaefer, English Language and Literature
1999-- William I. Woods, Geography
Paul Simon Teaching Research Awards
1998-- Steve Rigdon, Mathematics and Statistics
1997-- Individual: Madhav Segal, Marketing
1997-- Departmental: Department of Biological Sciences, Richard Brugam, Chair
1996-- Individual: Marian Smith, Biological Sciences
1996-- Departmental: Department of Psychology, Ken Kleinman, Chair
Outstanding Scholar Awards
1998-- Jack Kaikati, Marketing
1997-- S. William Whitson, Dental Medicine
1996-- Daniel Anderson, Art and Design
1995-- John Farley, Sociology
1994-- Jamie E. Thomerson, Biological Sciences
1993-- Patrick Riddleberger, Historical Studies
1992-- Toby Griffen, Foreign Lanuages and Literature
1991-- Charles Corr, Philosophical Studies
1990-- Thomas Bouman, Chemistry
1989-- Robert Kohn, Economics
1988-- Stella Revard, English Language and Literature