The Foundation Prize
Established in 2003 by the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees as part of its effort to encourage, support and recognize scholarly activities among tenure-track faculty, the Foundation Prize recognizes high quality publications by a faculty member in each college/school of the University. 2003 Foundation Prize honorees received the "Flame of Excellence," which is a personally hand crafted from boron glass rods by Klaus Widmann of the Frabel studio, to "honor those who bravely go before and light the way for others."Honorees also receive a cash award from the KSU Foundation and an additional stipend, which is administered through the KSU Foundation, to use for professional travel, supplies, research, etc.
The Foundation supports the following Faculty Awards
KSU Foundation Distinguished Professor Award
Established in 2004, the KSU Foundation Distinguished Professor Award is conferred annually on a single faculty member who exhibits excellence in all three areas of teaching, scholarship, and professional service and has received national or international recognition for his or her contributions. This award is distinguished from those that recognize excellence in a single area (i.e., teaching, scholarship, or professional service). The KSU Foundation provides a cash award and professional development funds to the recipient. The recipient holds the title for the academic year following his or her selection.
KSU Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award
The principal campus award for excellence in teaching is the KSU Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award, which was established in 1982. Criteria for the award include:
- Consistent excellent teaching performance.
- Impact on students (including classroom teaching, mentoring, advising, supervising in and out of the classroom).
- Implementation of innovative approaches to teaching (including creativity, ability to teach in ways that students learn, honoring individuality and diversity).
- Contributions to improved instruction and curriculum (including special projects, innovative teaching methods, curriculum development).
KSU Foundation Distinguished Scholarship Award
The principal campus award for excellence in scholarship and creative activity is the Distinguished Scholarship Award, which was established in 1997. Scholarship is the term used to encompass a diverse and multidimensional array of research and creative activities through which faculty make significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge, understanding, problem solving, aesthetics, and pedagogy. Criteria for the award include:
- Significance of the research to the researcher's academic specialty, university and/or region.
- Relative level of research productivity maintained by the researcher.
- Use or impact of the findings or outcome, including but not limited to, publications, presentations, exhibits, and/or benefits derived by the community, region, and/or the university.
KSU Foundation Distinguished Service Award
The principal campus award for excellence in service is the Distinguished Service Award, which was established in 1997. Multiple service awards had been made to faculty for many years prior to 1997, however. Service activities must be tied directly to one's special field of knowledge and relate to, and flow directly out of, this professional activity. Criteria for the award include:
- The degree to which the service impacts KSU, the outside community, or an individual's profession in notable and substantive ways.
- Sustained leadership in service activities OR leadership in one or more outstanding activities.
For more information and selection process, please visit the
Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning