UIC University Scholar Award: Guidelines and Required Documents

Please Note: This process is confidential. A nominator should not inform the individual of his or her nomination. University Scholar Award recipients will be notified by the President in late summer.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. Nominators often will be the chair or head of the faculty member’s unit; when this is not the case, it is requested that a nominator submit a copy of the nomination materials to the appropriate head or chair for endorsement.
  2. Nominees need not come from the nominator’s own unit.
  3. Department heads and chairs are themselves eligible for nomination.
  4. Past University Scholars are not eligible for the award.
  5. Only tenured or tenure track faculty are eligible for the award.

Required Documents for Nomination

  1. Checklist
  2. Nominee’s up-to-date curriculum vitae, which should include research funding history and external honors and awards.
  3. A detailed statement of justification from the nominator.
  4. Outside letters of appreciation or recommendation should not be included or quoted within the nomination.
  5. Nominators must make every effort to include complete information on the history of the nominee’s research funding and external awards, and provide evidence of the nominee’s excellence in teaching.
  6. Nominators are required to include a  description of what criteria are especially important for defining excellence and national eminence in the nominee’s field of learning.  Keep in mind that nomination materials will be reviewed at the campus level by a panel of faculty from differing disciplines, i.e., non-specialists.
  7. Failure to supply all required materials may result in a returned application.
  8. All nominations must be reviewed by the College Faculty Awards Committee who will make recommendations to the Dean.    Materials should be submitted electronically as a PDF file to [email protected] by Monday, February 20th, 2023.  


Past recipients of the University Scholars award

If you have any questions, please contact the COM Office of Faculty Affairs.