The purpose of the Provost Awards for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity is to recognize Vancouver Island faculty members for excellence in scholarship, research and creative activity. These awards publicly recognize faculty for their efforts to support the University’s core commitment to excellence in a wide range of scholarship, applied research and community engagement.
There are seven award categories:
Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
- This is a university-wide award given to recognize an individual who has demonstrated excellence in mentoring and supporting undergraduate student researchers. Recipients will demonstrate an ability to guide student research, creative projects and development that has helped VIU learners to move from directed to independent research and creative work. They will have encouraged and supported students to share the results of their work as appropriate to the discipline (i.e. publications, presentations, performances) and their efforts will have resulted in transformative learning experiences for VIU undergrad students.
Graduate Research Mentor Award
- This is a university-wide award given to recognize an individual who has demonstrated excellence in mentoring and supporting graduate student researchers. The recipients will have demonstrated excellence in their ability to guide graduate student research, creative projects and development helping VIU learners to move from directed to independent research and creative work. They inspire, motivate and support student learning, maintain open communication and accessibility to students. They will have encouraged and supported students to share the results of their work as appropriate to the discipline (i.e. publications, presentations, performances) and their efforts will have resulted in transformative learning experiences for VIU graduate students.
Distinguished Researcher Award
- This is a university-wide award given to recognize faculty members that have achieved exceptional scholarly achievement and impact on advancing knowledge in science, engineering, health, education, the arts, the humanities, social sciences, or other academic field of study. Recipients will have demonstrated exceptional ability to convey the significance of scholarship and creative activities to their discipline and the public.
Collaborative Research Award
- This is a university-wide award given to recognize faculty members that have demonstrated excellence in collaborative projects and research undertaken as part of a multi-disciplinary or multi-institutional team. This award will be granted to a researcher who excels at creating and maintaining collaborations with industry, university and/or community partners to facilitate research that effects positive changes in their respective field.
Early Career Research Excellence Award
- This is a university-wide award given to recognize faculty members at the beginning of their academic careers who have demonstrated significant promise in their research program. The award is presented to an outstanding researcher in the first five years of his or her academic career, and who has made an outstanding contribution to scholarly, research and creative activity in their area(s) of expertise.
Knowledge Mobilization Award
- This is a university-wide award given to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding effort in communicating research beyond the University resulting in significant impacts in society. This award recognizes the ability of the researcher(s) to facilitate conversations and collaborations with organizations and communities outside the academy, combining knowledge from different spheres of society to generate new ideas.
Deans’ Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Award
- This award is given to recognize individual faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly, research and creative activities (SRC) achievements and impact on their disciplines during the previous academic year. The Deans in each Faculty can nominate one faculty member each year for this award. Nominations received on the web based form will be forwarded to the Deans for a determination of the recipient of the Award.
- A call for nominations will be announced each March with a deadline of May 31st each year.
- Decisions will be made by the Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Awards Committee Chaired by the Associate Vice-President, Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity. The Committee will be comprised of six faculty members with representation from both VIUFA and BCGEU members.
Criteria for Nominations
- Individual faculty members from VIUFA and BCGEU, regardless of previous nominations, are eligible to apply. Individuals who have previously received a Provost’s Award for Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity are ineligible to apply for 5 years.
- Individuals and organizations who submitted nominations that were unsuccessful in a prior year must clarify within their submission what is new/different about the current year’s nomination package.
The nomination package should contain the following:
PLEASE NOTE: all attachments must be submitted together in one PDF and uploaded to the web form. Supporting materials can be included but must be limited to no more than 10 pages. Hyperlinks to web based materials are encouraged in the supporting materials package.
- A completed nomination form
- One nominating letter from faculty, staff or students, no more than three pages, which includes a narrative description advocating for and making the case for why this nominee’s accomplishments are outstanding relative to others doing community engaged work at VIU, and demonstrating how the nominee(s) meets the criteria for the award.
- A minimum of two supporting letters from faculty, staff, students, community partners, and/or alumni that demonstrate how the nominee meets the criteria for the award. Each letter should be no more than two pages in length.
- A current copy of nominee’s resume, CV or equivalent documentation to provide information about the background of the nominee.
(Optional) Supporting materials such as media clips, press releases, or articles related to Nominee’s community engaged work may be included and must be limited to no more than 10 pages. Hyperlinks to web based materials are encouraged, when available. Supporting evidence should be referenced in the nomination letter.
- If necessary, the Committee may request further information from the nominee or group before a final decision is made.
Awardees will be recognized for their scholarship, research and creative activity by:
- Being featured as an awardee at fall recognition event.
- Receiving a framed certificate
- Being featured in the special feature articles and highlights through other VIU communication platforms and external news sources.
Nomination packets should be submitted online no later than 4 pm, May 31, 2019.