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Call for Nominations for the first Watson School Recognition Awards

The banners for the individual departments in the Watson School.
The banners for the individual departments in the Watson School. Photography: Jonathan Cohen, Binghamton University.

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the inaugural call for nominations for Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science Recognition Awards.

Nominations are sought for the following awards:

Nominations are due January 23 to Liz Kradjian, Assistant Dean for Strategy and External Affairs at kradjian@binghamton.edu.

Final documentation is due March 1.

Winners will be honored at the Watson School’s Faculty and Staff Luncheon on April 27.

Questions can be directed to kradjian@binghamton.edu.

General eligibility guidelines

  • If a person received an award in a category at the Watson School level, then this person is not eligible to receive the same award in the future. If a person received a campuswide or SUNY system-wide award, that would preclude this person from receiving an award in the same category at the Watson level.
  • A candidate will not be eligible to receive more than one award in the same academic year.
  • A person who received a Watson School award is still eligible to receive a higher-level (i.e., campus-wide and SUNY-wide) award. Faculty who hold a distinguished rank are not eligible for Watson School awards.
  • At least one person will be selected for each award each year, if nominations are received and the awards committee identifies an individual fitting of the award based on the eligibility and criteria.
  • The chairs of the committees will discuss their recommendations with the Dean of the Watson School, and subsequently the awardees will be notified.

Early-Stage Distinguished Research Award

Additional Eligibility: This award is limited to tenure-track faculty in the Watson School and are within the first ten years of receiving their doctorate. The candidate must have been active (not on leave) in the current academic year, including the semester prior to when the award is given, and the previous two semesters.

Criteria: A nominee for this award should have significant accomplishment(s) in one or more of the following areas within the last five years:

  • Received a significant, highly competitive research grant as PI. Examples of such grants are the NSF Career Award and the NIH R01 Award. Grants from industry are included.
  • Played a truly instrumental role in bringing a very large grant or an accumulation of multiple grants to campus as PI or co-PI. Grants from industry are included.
  • Published multiple high impact papers in highly selective and prestigious venue(s).
  • Made technical inventions that have resulted in patents and have significant potential for licensing.
  • Nominations are made by the Department Chair of the nominee.

Nomination package must include:

  • Letter of support from the nominator.
  • Nominee’s CV.
  • Three recommendation letters (including two from external recommenders).

Outstanding Research Achievement Award

Additional Eligibility: This award is limited to tenured faculty in the Watson School who are active (not on leave or on sabbatical) in the current academic year, including the semester prior to when the award is given.

Criteria: A nominee for this award should have significant accomplishment(s) in one or more of the following areas within the last five years and demonstrated consistent superior evidence of sound scholarship and creative productivity:

  • A track record that reflects sustained funding of research from external sources that could include federal, state or industrial sponsors.
  • An international reputation as a scholar with a record that is built on excellent sustained research publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or highly selective conferences along with the citation of work by individuals or groups other than the nominee’s collaborators.
  • Evidence of presenting at national and/or international conferences as a keynote or plenary speaker.
  • High impact technical inventions that have resulted in patent(s). Nominations are made by the Department Chair of the nominee.

Nomination package must include:

  • Letter of support from the nominator.
  • Nominee’s CV.
  • At least three recommendation letters with the majority from external sources.

Distinguished Educator Award

Additional Eligibility: Any faculty in the Watson School who has taught in the School in the current academic year, including the semester prior to when the award is given, and the previous two semesters is eligible. It includes tenured and tenure-track faculty, lecturers, visiting faculty and adjunct faculty.

Criteria: A nominee for this award should have accomplishments in one or more of the following areas:

  • Praised by students, alumni and faculty peers as an effective instructor. SOOT surveys should be considered.
  • Have been an active researcher and innovator about pedagogy and effective teaching, as demonstrated by publishing pedagogy-related papers/articles, receiving education grants, providing lectures on and off campus about pedagogy and innovative teaching practices.
  • Have an outstanding track record as a mentor for students at different levels (undergraduate or graduate students).

Nominations are made by the Department Chair of the nominee.

Nomination package must include:

  • Letter of support from the nominator.
  • Nominee’s CV.
  • At least three recommendation letters, including one from a current student or alumnus/alumna.
  • Summary of the candidate’s SOOT scores, by semester, for the previous four years.

Outstanding Faculty Service Award

Additional Eligibility: Any faculty in the Watson School who has been active (not on leave) in the School in the current academic year, including the semester prior to when the award is given, and the previous two semesters is eligible. It includes tenure-track faculty, lecturers, visiting faculty and adjunct faculty.

Criteria: A nominee for this award should have accomplishment(s) in one or more of the following areas:

  • Made significant service contributions to the department, the Watson School and/or Binghamton University.
  • Made significant service contributions to the profession of the nominee. Examples of such service includes serving as a key organizer for a prestigious technical conference (as general chair or as program committee chair), editor-in-chief of prestigious technical journals, chair of a steering committee of a prestigious conference, and serving in a leadership capacity in a professional society (such as an IEEE Society or an ACM SIG).
  • Contributions including diversity and inclusion initiatives, social service, outreach and engagement with schools or organizations that serve the K-12 community, government service (e.g. congressional fellows), and government study panels (e.g. scientific advisory boards, proposal review panels, etc.).

Nominations are made by the Department Chair of the nominee.

Nomination package must include:

  • Letter of support from the nominator
  • Nominee’s CV
  • Three recommendation letters

Outstanding Staff Service Award

Additional Eligibility: Any staff member in the Watson School who has been active (not on leave) in the School in the current academic year, including the semester prior to when the award is given, and the previous two semesters is eligible.

Criteria: A nominee for this award should have made significant service contributions to the department, the Watson School and/or Binghamton University. At all position levels, nominees shall be those individuals who can serve as professional role models for a School in the pursuit of excellence.

The following criteria (or a subset) shall be used in selecting persons for nomination for the award:

  • Evidence of superb performance in fulfilling the job description, with the candidate demonstrating excellence in professional activities beyond the parameters of the job description.
  • Specific examples of professional recognitions, initiation of ideas, development of proposals, committee activities, etc.
  • Instances wherein the candidate has demonstrated leadership, outstanding decision making, or exceptional problem-solving skills when addressing complex challenges.
  • A candidate who epitomizes excellence and exemplifies teamwork. Nominations may be made by any faculty or staff member in the Watson School.

Nomination package must include:

  • Letter of support from the nominator
  • Nominee’s CV
  • Three recommendation letters

Distinguished Alumni Award

Additional Eligibility: All alumni of Binghamton University.

Criteria: A nominee for this award should have accomplishment(s) in one or more of the following areas:

  • Has been an active alumnus or alumna who has (i) provided significant advice to the Watson School, (ii) organized alumni events, (iii) been a strong advocate, or (iv) helped bring benefits to the Watson School (e.g., grants/contracts, internships/scholarships, donations, graduate recruitment, and outreach).
  • Has achieved prominence in his/her profession or in society.
  • Nominations may be made by any faculty or staff member in the Watson School.

Nomination package must include:

  • Letter of support from the nominator.
  • Nominee’s CV.
  • Three recommendation letters.

Last Updated: 8/30/16