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Faculty Awards

Alfred R. Glancy, Lehigh class of 1903 and distinguished Lehigh Trustee known as “The General,” set up the Alfred Noble Robinson Award to be awarded annually to a faculty member or, in exceptional cases, divided between two members of the Lehigh faculty. Previous winners of this award have shown extraordinary enthusiasm for Lehigh’s goals and priorities, often working beyond their direct area/unit on University-wide projects or committees. There is no age restriction on this award; however, nominees must be below the rank of associate professor or its equivalent. Only current, full-time faculty and staff are permitted to submit nominations for this award. Only current, full-time faculty members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired/emeriti faculty are not eligible). The nominations will be reviewed by the Faculty Awards Committee, which will submit a recommendation to the Senior Officers.

This award is given to highlight quality research and refereed scholarship in business and applied economic disciplines at Lehigh; reward those involved in distinguished research, and place research on an equal level with teaching and University service in the annual recognition of faculty achievements. The recipient will be selected on the basis of one or more of the following: a) A major research accomplishment in the last five years; b) Development of a significant research program or activity; c) Extended demonstration of research or scholarly competence over many years; d) Bringing significant recognition to Lehigh University and the College of Business and Economics based on research and scholarly achievement. Only current, full-time faculty members are permitted to submit nominations for this award. Only current, full-time faculty members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired/emeriti faculty are not eligible).

Awarded to a member of the teaching staff for distinguished teaching performed during the academic year. This award will be made to a tenured member of the faculty (professor or associate professor). Only current, full-time faculty and staff are permitted to submit nominations for this award. Only current, full-time faculty members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired/emeriti faculty are not eligible). The nominations will be reviewed by the Faculty Awards Committee which will submit its recommendation to the Senior Officers.

This award recognizes excellence in teaching, research or advancing the interests of Lehigh University. In that context, this award recognizes exemplary student advising defined as either: a) Guiding students through their exploration and pursuit of an academic course of study; or b) Assisting students in the development and/or completion of research related to their degree program. Traditionally the University reserves this award for those who have distinguished themselves through long-term excellence or service to the institution. Only current graduate students are permitted to submit nominations for this award. Only current, full-time faculty members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired/emeriti faculty are not eligible). No single recipient is to receive the award two years in succession or more than twice altogether.

This award recognizes excellence in teaching, research or advancing the interests of Lehigh University. In that context, this award recognizes exemplary undergraduate student advising defined as either: a) Guiding students through their exploration and pursuit of an academic course of study; or b) Assisting students in the development and/or completion of research related to their degree program. Only current, undergraduate students are permitted to submit nominations for this award. Only current, full-time faculty members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired/emeriti faculty are not eligible). Traditionally the University reserves this award for those who have distinguished themselves through long-term excellence or service to the institution.

Awarded for excellence in teaching or research work, or for advancing the interests of the University in any way the Trustees may select, or for a special financial need requiring aid, of which the Trustees may become aware, or for any other reason which they may deem just and proper. Traditionally the University reserves this award for those who have distinguished themselves through long-term excellence or service to the institution. Only current, full-time faculty are permitted to submit nominations for this award. Only current, full-time faculty members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired/emeriti faculty are not eligible). The nominations will be reviewed by the Faculty Awards Committee, which will submit its recommendation to the Senior Officers.

Lehigh University sponsors this award to be given to a member or members of the teaching staff for distinguished teaching performed during the academic year. This award was previously supported by the Lindback Foundation and was known as the Junior Lindback Award. This award will be made to an early-career faculty member (assistant professor, lecturer or instructor). Only current, full-time faculty are permitted to submit nominations for this award. Only current, full-time faculty members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired/emeriti faculty are not eligible). No one is eligible to receive this award more than once.

This award is presented to: a) Highlight faculty members who are early in their research career (typically 5-10 years since the Ph.D. and/or at the rank of tenure-track assistant or associate professor). b) Reward those who have demonstrated the potential for high-quality research and scholarship done at Lehigh University. c) Place research and scholarship on an equal footing with teaching and university service in the annual awarding of recognition. The recipient(s), who must have held a position at Lehigh University for at least 2 years, will be selected on the basis of one or a combination of the following: a) Demonstration of the potential for nationally recognized scholarly excellence (e.g. significant national-level funding, invitations to speak at prestigious universities and conferences); b) High level of research of as evidenced by prolific scholarly output (e.g. books, papers, reviews, performances); c) Initiation of a potentially significant field of research. Only current, full-time faculty are permitted to submit nominations for this award. Only current, full-time faculty members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired/emeriti faculty are not eligible). The nominations will be reviewed by Libsch Awards Committee who will submit their recommendation to the Senior Officers.

The objectives of this award are to: a) Recognize excellence in research, scholarship and/or artistic achievement, including the overall impact, as well as the quality and quantity of scholarly contributions; b) Reward those who perform distinguished research; c) Place research and scholarship on an equal footing with teaching and university service in the annual awarding of recognition. The recipient(s), who must typically have completed at least ten years as a tenure-track faculty at a college, university or in an equivalent position at another type of institution, will be selected on the basis of one or a combination of the following: a) Extended demonstration of nationally/internationally recognized scholarly excellence; b) Bringing significant recognition to Lehigh (national/international fellowships, academy Memberships, reviews and/or high profile publicity in national/international media); c) A major research accomplishment in the last five years (scientific or technological Breakthrough, widely acclaimed book(s), publication or artistic production(s). Only current, full-time faculty are permitted to submit nominations for this award. Only current, full-time faculty members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired/emeriti faculty are not eligible). The nominations will be reviewed by Libsch Awards Committee, which will submit its recommendation to the Senior Officers.

Nominee must be a current, full-time faculty member in the College of Business & Economics and should exemplify a number of the following characteristics: Classroom Interaction: a) Engaging & Enthusiastic; b) Inspires students to learn; c) Approachable and accessible; d) Relates course material (theory) to practical application. Course Design: a) Innovative course structure; b) Makes material lively and interesting; c) Incorporates student input and feedback. Faculty Contributions: a) Mentor to other faculty; b) Designs new courses or programs; c) Significant research, publication or presentations. Overall, the nominee must be perceived to have made a positive difference in the lives of students, the college community, or with fellow faculty members. Only current faculty members and CBE seniors are permitted to submit nominations for this award. Only current, full-time College of Business & Economics faculty members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired/emeriti faculty are not eligible).

Awarded to a member of the faculty who comes closest to the following standards: a) Mastery of his or her field and superior ability in communicating it to others; b) An exceptional talent for encouraging students to want to understand alternatives and to make choices; c) Knows how to extract from students the full measure of their potential to learn; d) Guides their thoughts in a spirit of free inquiry and learns from them as he or she teaches; e) Never rests from being a teacher and is so infectious in his or her manner that the students scarcely know how deeply he or she is teaching; f) Impresses on his or her students that they have only begun to learn while at Lehigh and that their real quest for knowledge and application of what they are taught will come after graduation; g) Ultimate goal is not only to lead his or her students to excellence in their chosen field, but also to excellence as human beings and as leaders of society. Only current undergraduate students are permitted to submit nominations for this award. Only current, full-time faculty members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired/emeriti faculty are not eligible). The Student Undergraduate Awards Committee reviews nominations and makes recommendations, which are then forwarded to Faculty Awards Committee for their review and recommendation.

Staff Awards

Recognizes outstanding performance in service to the University and unusual promise of professional achievement. Each year one award will be given to the most deserving exempt or nonexempt staff member of those nominated. Previous winners of this award have shown extraordinary enthusiasm for Lehigh’s goals and priorities, often working beyond their direct area/unit on University-wide projects or committees. Nominees must be employed full-time by Lehigh University in administration, research, or any combination of these and in at least the second year of such employment. Nominees must be less than 35 years of age on Founders Day. Only current staff members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired staff are not eligible). When a nominee is from the exempt staff, it will be screened by the Exempt Staff Award Committee, which will rank the top three candidates. Similarly, when a nominee is from the nonexempt staff, it will be screened by the Nonexempt Staff Award Committee, which will rank the top three candidates. The Nonexempt and Exempt Staff Award Committees will confer and in turn provide the name of the top staff candidate, along with a second and third ranked selections for affirmation by the Senior Officers.

Recognizes a member of the exempt staff for excellence in administrative and/or research work, or for advancing the interests of the University; sustained excellence in performance that has major impact on advancing the department/university goals; and exemplary initiative and service. Previous winners of this award have exemplified the highest level of achievement at the University. Nominee must be a current exempt staff member to receive nominations for this award (retired staff are not eligible). Nominations will be screened by the Exempt Staff Award Committee which will rank the top three candidates. The final selection will be made by the Senior Officers.

Recognizes a member of the nonexempt staff for excellence in performance or for advancing the interests of the University; sustained excellence in performance that has major impact on advancing the department/university goals; and exemplary initiative and service. Previous winners of this award have exemplified the highest level of achievement at the University. Nominee must be a current nonexempt staff member to receive nominations for this award (retired staff are not eligible). Nominations will be screened by the Nonexempt Staff Award Committee, which will rank the top three candidates. The final selection will be made by the Senior Officers.

Recognizes a member of the exempt staff who has contributed in significant ways to the Lehigh community over a number of years. Only current exempt staff members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired staff are not eligible). Nominations for this award may come from any member of the faculty, exempt staff, or nonexempt staff. Nominations will be screened by the Exempt Staff Award Committee. The final selection will be made by the Senior Officers.

Established to recognize outstanding performance and service by a member of the exempt or nonexempt staff of the University Libraries. Nominations for this award may come from any member of the faculty, exempt staff, nonexempt staff or other patrons of the Lehigh University Libraries. Only current staff members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired staff are not eligible). Faculty and staff are not eligible to win any given University Award in two consecutive years, in addition to eligibility restrictions that apply for certain awards. The Library Users Committee will select the winner.

Established to recognize outstanding performance and contributions by a member of the nonexempt staff. No one is eligible to win this award more than once. Nonexempt staff are those individuals classified as secretarial, clerical, or technical employees (e.g. administrative secretaries, department coordinators). Exempt staff are not eligible (e.g. administrative associates, managers). Only current nonexempt staff members are eligible to receive nominations for this award (retired staff are not eligible). Nominations may come from any member of the faculty, exempt staff, or nonexempt staff. Faculty and staff are not eligible to win any given University Award in two consecutive years, in addition to eligibility restrictions that apply for certain awards. Nominations will be screened by the Nonexempt Awards Review Committee. The final selection will be made by the Senior Officers.