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Office of Faculty Affairs – Awards

The college is pleased to be able to recognize the achievements of our outstanding faculty and staff through annual awards for teaching, student advising, and research. A call for nominations is typically issued in late fall. To learn more about the awards administered by the Chancellor’s office, please check the Chancellors Honors page.

Past winners and staff nominations »

Click the award title for descriptions and selection criteria:

  • A faculty member in the College who has not received this award in the last five years.
  • Demonstrates outstanding teaching skills, including clear communication with students, subject knowledge, a sincere concern for students and the learning process, and an ability to positively motivate students.
  • Is effective in undergraduate student advising and counseling, where the focus for these activities is providing curricular and professional career advice.
  • Is currently active with teaching and advising responsibilities.
  • The nomination package should include: (1) a departmental nomination letter addressing both the teaching and advising-related criteria for the award; (2) evidence of teaching quality and quantity, including a summary of student teaching evaluations for the last five years (course numbers, ratings and class sizes), peer review reports, and teaching awards; and (3) a nominee’s resume for the last five years only.
  • Full-time faculty member with professional rank (i.e. not instructor, lecturer, Distinguished Scientist, Governors Chairs, etc.), who has not received the award in the last five years.
  • Effectiveness in teaching based on student, peer and administrative evaluation.
  • Distinction in an area of engineering practice as demonstrated by the application of the engineering expertise of the nominee to community and/or societal problems and issues, patents, designs, regional or national professional service, and professional outreach activities.
  • The nomination package should include: (1) a departmental nomination letter that explicitly addresses both teaching effectiveness and the nominee’s distinctive work with respect to engineering practice; (2) nominee’s resume for the past five years only and organized to emphasize information for the two award criteria; and (3) evidence of teaching quality and quantity, including a summary of student teaching evaluations for the last five years (course numbers, ratings and class sizes) only, peer review reports and teaching awards.
  • Full time or part-time faculty member in the College who has not received the award in the last five years.
  • Distinguished record of research and teaching as relate to the advancement of technology.
  • A solid record of participation in the affairs of the greater Knoxville and Oak Ridge communities with respect to bringing together the technical talent of the community and the public for solving civic problems as this goal is a founding Objective of the Knoxville Technical Society.
  • The nomination package should include: (1) a departmental nomination letter that explicitly addresses the nomination in terms of research/instruction related to technology and the professional service criteria; and (2) nominee’s resume for only the last five years organized to emphasize information with respect to the two key criteria.
  • A faculty member in the Tickle College of Engineering who has not received the award in the last five years.
  • Strong record of undergraduate and graduate advising and mentoring, particularly with respect to curriculum, profession and career.
  • The nomination package should include: (1) a departmental nomination letter emphasizing the nominee’s performance in advising and mentoring: (2) a nominee’s resume for the last five years only.

The purpose of the Tickle College of Engineering Teaching Fellow award is to recognize and reward superior teaching in the Tickle College of Engineering.

  • Full-time faculty member(s) teaching in the college including faculty members at UTSI who have not received the award in the last five years
  • Awards may be made to teaching teams. If awarded to a team, each team member will bear the title of 2014 Teaching Fellow; and the award amount will be equally divided among the team members.
  • Exceptional record of graduate and undergraduate teaching
  • Strong performance in teaching-related service activities
  • Efforts clearly contribute to the overall mission of the college
  • Nomination package should include: (1) A departmental nomination letter; (2) A short summary of teaching accomplishments (maximum of two pages). The narrative should summarize the nominee’s accomplishments with a focus on the most recent five years and should address: courses taught, student/peer evaluations, advising/service activities, publications, teaming efforts, educational impact upon students, and other relevant information; (3) summary of teaching evaluations for last 5 years (classes, class sizes, ratings); and (4) a nominee’s resume for only the last five years to provide evidence of acceptable performance in research and service.

The purpose of the Tickle College of Engineering Award for Translational Research is to recognize a faculty member whose research has achieved societal benefit through the development of intellectual property via licensing agreements, patents, and/or business startups.

  • Tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the College including faculty members at UTSI who have not received the award in the last five years
  • Nominee may be either a single faculty member or a group of persons involving one or more faculty members plus postdocs, staff and/or students
  • Nomination package should include: (1) A departmental nomination letter that explicitly addresses the contribution of the faculty member to developing the intellectual property of their research through licensing agreements, patents and/or business startups; and (2) a nominee’s resume for only the last five years.

The purpose of these awards is to recognize tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the assistant or associate professor rank who have received national and/or international recognition in their fields and show professional promise in their research.  These awards are to encourage excellence in research and creative achievement, to emphasize the critical role of research in the professional development of our faculty, and to reinforce that faculty research is integral to the mission of the Tickle College of Engineering.

Eligibility is limited to tenured or tenure track faculty members at the assistant or associate professor rank who have ten or less years as a tenure-line faculty member.  Nominees must have a minimum of three years of service as a tenure-line faculty member in the Tickle College of Engineering (UTK, UTSI).  An individual may not receive the award in consecutive academic years.

A total of up to four awards will be made annually. Because of the differing number of faculty members between departments, the maximum number of nominations from each department is:

  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – 1
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering – 2
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – 3
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering – 1
  • Materials Science and Engineering – 2
  • Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering – 2
  • Nuclear Engineering – 1

The purpose of these awards is to recognize tenured faculty members who have received national and/or international recognition in their field, to stimulate research and creative achievement, and to emphasize that faculty research is integral to the mission of the Tickle College of Engineering.  Only tenured faculty members who have more than 10 years of as a tenure-line faculty member are eligible.  Nominees must have a minimum of three years of service as a tenure-line faculty member in the Tickle College of Engineering (UTK, UTSI).  If applicable, a nominee must be more than 3 years beyond winning the Tickle College of Engineering Professional Promise in Research Award are eligible, and if applicable, more than one year beyond winning the Tickle College of Engineering Research Achievement Award.  Note: Governors Chairs are not eligible.

A total of up to six awards will be made annually.

Because of the differing number of faculty members between departments, the maximum number of nominations from each department is:

  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – 1
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering – 2
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – 3
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering – 1
  • Materials Science and Engineering – 2
  • Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering – 3
  • Nuclear Engineering – 1

All nomination packages must include the following items:

  • Narrative summary of accomplishments, which is a maximum of two pages, is provided by the department and describes the nominee’s accomplishments focusing on the last five years (or less in the case of some nominations for Professional Promise Award) and should consider achievements such as funding levels, quality of research, graduate/undergraduate student research support, mentoring and placement, publications, teaming efforts, patents, licensing agreements and other relevant information.
  • A curriculum vita for the nominee for ONLY the last five years.  The vita should include a detailed list of research contracts/grants that specifies whether the faculty member is PI or Co-PI and states the prorated funding share for each entry, refereed journal articles, refereed proceedings, refereed book chapters, authored books, edited books, invited presentations, patents, license agreements, and students with degree and graduation year for which the nominee served as major professor plus a list of MS and PhD students currently being supervised. IMPORTANT NOTE: The curriculum vita should only contain these items and they should be placed in this order.
  • A separate resume reporting on teaching, and university and professional service for the last five years.



Annual Awards

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