All application forms for Faculty Awards can be found under the FORMS section at the bottom of the Faculty / Staff Page.

Professional Development Assignment (PDA)

Only tenured faculty of the University of Northern Iowa are eligible to apply for a Professional Development Assignment (PDA). Through these awards, the University seeks to encourage, assist, support faculty research, and creative activities. Recipients are expected to devote full-time to the proposed project and may not accept additional responsibilities or employment during the Assignment period. Faculty must let six academic years elapse between PDA awards. A faculty member who receives a Professional Development Assignment is ineligible to receive a Summer Fellowship during the subsequent summer (Faculty Handbook: Section 4.15).

A Professional Development Assignment provides a maximum stipend, including appropriate fringe benefits, of full salary for one semester or one-half salary for the academic year.

 

Submission Process for PDA

Required Actions Deadlines for the 2021-2022 award application cycle

***Electronic Application Form submitted to workflow early enough to receive approval of Head and Dean***

Wednesday, September 8, 2021: electronic application submitted to workflow by 4:30 p.m.

 

 


Faculty Summer Fellowship

Faculty of the University of Northern Iowa, holding a full-time (9 month) tenure-track and tenured appointment are eligible to apply for a Summer Fellowship.  Through these awards, the University seeks to encourage, assist, support faculty research, creative activity, and grant applications. Joint applications that are collaborative or interdisciplinary are eligible. One summer must elapse between successive Summer Fellowships. All Summer Fellowship recipients may be asked to serve on the University Research Committee upon the successful completion of their fellowship.

There are 6 four-week awards available for month of May 2022 and 6 four-week awards for the month of June 2022. The compensation for a 4-week fellowship will be $3800 plus fringe benefits. Per Faculty Handbook, section 4.16: ​Deviation for 2021-2022​, ​​preference shall be given to probationary faculty​.​

As per the Faculty Handbook (Section 4.16 Summer Research Fellowships), “During the summer fellowship period, recipients cannot generally hold another assignment or receive additional compensation from the university. However, recipients may receive compensation from other sources up to a total amount equal to their standard 1/9 salary if the projects funded by other sources also relate to the focus of the Summer Research Fellowship proposal.” Faculty who have not received on-campus research or scholarship funding, or do not have course release for summer are eligible to receive SRF award.

Accepting this internal funding requires you to agree either to return to the institution granting such an assignment for a period of not less than one year or to repay to the University such compensation as you shall have received during such assignment.

 

Submission Process

Required Actions Deadlines for 2021-2022

***Electronic Application Form submitted to workflow early enough to receive approval of Head and Dean***

Friday, October 15, 2021: electronic application submitted to workflow by 4:30 p.m. (Extended)

 

 


James F. Lubker Research Award

The Lubker Award was created to honor Dr. Jim Lubker, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders (1995 - 2009), Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (1995 - 2005), and Interim Executive Vice President and Provost (2005 - 2009) at UNI. This award is an annual cash prize recognizing a UNI faculty member for excellence in their area of research and scholarship, including the creative and performing arts. Nominees must be a tenured member of the University of Northern Iowa faculty with at least five years of full-time service at the time of nomination. Faculty are limited to receiving the award every ten years. 

Submission Process

Required Actions Deadline for 2020-2021
1. Head nominates one faculty member to Dean (include faculty CV) 1. Friday, October 15, 2021: Head's nomination due to Dean by 4:30 p.m.
2. Following consultation with Faculty Senate, the Dean sends names of up to two nominees, along with that of the college representative selected for the award committee, to the Graduate College. 2. Friday, November 5, 2021: Dean's nominations due to Graduate College by 4:30 p.m.
3. Graduate College informs nominees of selection and requests materials 3. Monday, January 28, 2022: Nominee's submission of digital materials due by 4:30 p.m.

Note: when possible, the composition should be CHAS (4); COE (2); CSBS (2); CBA (2)

 

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award

The Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award honors outstanding graduate teaching, which includes: commitment to academic excellence; attention to individual student needs, interests, and development; excellent teaching of graduate courses; and service on thesis and dissertation committees. Nominees must be full-time tenured or tenure-track Regular Graduate Faculty members who have been on the UNI faculty for a minimum of three years at the time of nomination. A faculty member may receive the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award only once and may not be nominated for any additional University teaching award in the same academic year.

Submission Process for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award

Required Actions Deadline for 2020-2021
1. Official nomination letters accepted from the Graduate Students, Department Head, Faculty, Graduate Program Coordinators and must be submitted as a PDF to the Graduate College email (rubina.chowdhury@uni.edu) 1. Friday, November 5, 2021: Nominations due to Graduate College by 4:30 p.m.
2. Graduate College informs nominees of selection and requests materials 2. Monday, January 28, 2022: Nominee’s submission of digital materials due by 4:30 p.m

Distinguished Scholar Award

The Distinguished Scholar Award honors senior scholars and artists with a long and distinguished record of publications, exhibits and/or creative activities while a member of the UNI faculty and whose professional reputation is national (and international where appropriate). Nominees must be a late-career tenured Regular Member of the Graduate Faculty with at least five years of full-time UNI service at the time of nomination. A faculty member may receive the Distinguished Scholar Award only once.

Submission Process

Required Actions Deadlines for 2019-2020
1. Nominations must originate with Department Faculty and official nomination letter(s) as PDF must be submitted to the Graduate College email (rubina.chowdhury@uni.edu) 1. Friday, November 5, 2021: Nominations due to Graduate College by 4:30 p.m.
2. Graduate College informs nominees of selection and requests materials 2. Friday, January 28, 2022: Nominee’s submission of digital materials due by 4:30 p.m.
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