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Early Career Faculty Excellence Award


This award recognizes excellence and promise in scholarship and teaching by a tenure-track assistant professor and carries a one-time allocation of $2,000 in support of faculty development.


This award is based on work done at UMBC, and nominees must have held the rank of assistant professor at UMBC for at least 3 years and have achieved contract renewal. Up to one award will be made in each college in any given year. Faculty members may receive this award only once.

Selection Criteria

This award is based on overall excellence and promise of the faculty member’s scholarship and teaching accomplishments while at UMBC.

Excellence in Scholarship can be shown through evidence of scholarship, research, or creative accomplishments that extend or deepen the bounds of knowledge.

Nominations should clearly describe how the nominee meets the following selection criteria:

  • the significance of the faculty member’s contributions to his/her field(s), and/or civically engaged scholarship
  • the originality of the faculty member’s work
  • the faculty member’s research productivity
  • where appropriate, involvement of undergraduate and/or graduate students in the faculty member’s research

Excellence in Teaching refers to accomplishments in areas directly related to teaching, learning, and mentoring, including but not limited to, course development and pedagogy, faculty development, direction of student research projects, civically engaged teaching, and leadership in teaching improvement. These accomplishments can be demonstrated in face-to-face or distance learning settings. The award recipient shall have demonstrated a record of improvement in student learning.

Nominations should clearly describe how the nominee meets the following selection criteria:

  • effectiveness in engaging students and supporting student success
  • innovation in course development, pedagogy, and assessment of student learning
  • effective mentoring of students
  • commitment to continuous improvement in learning outcomes