2014 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Awards Guidelines and Criteria

 

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The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking nominations for the Breakthrough Leadership in Research Awards. Nominations will be accepted beginning Tuesday, July 1 through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Complete details about the award, nomination guidelines and necessary forms are provided below. If you have any questions, please contact Jack Beasley at 803-777-5458 or beaslejd@mailbox.sc.edu.

Rationale
The Office of the Vice President for Research created the Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award in 2013 as a means to recognize faculty members from the Columbia, Comprehensive, and Palmetto College campuses who have made outstanding contributions to research, and who also demonstrate sustained leadership in research. These faculty members excel in their own research and utilize a synergistic approach to promote and inspire excellence in research, and perform these activities beyond the scope of their expected duties. The Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award recognizes faculty for these truly exceptional achievements and celebrates their contributions to the university and surrounding communities.

Award Description
The recipients of this non-cash award are featured in a supplement to Breakthrough magazine, and are featured throughout the year in other mediums. Additionally, they are invited to attend the annual Breakthrough Awards Dinner, held each spring. The award raises awareness of the importance of leadership and mentoring amongst faculty, particularly senior faculty who take an interest in the development of junior faculty. It also recognizes those who work in capacities outside the university, utilizing their unique skills to promote research in the greater community. Breakthrough magazine and its supplement are widely distributed to all faculty and administration, peer institutions, program managers, legislative representatives, and selected alumni and donors.

Award Criteria
The primary criteria for the award are:

There are many unique ways through which faculty can demonstrate leadership in research. Award consideration is not limited to the above examples.

Eligibility Requirements

Nomination Procedures
Complete nomination packets should be compiled into a single PDF file that includes the following, in order:

  1. A completed nomination form.(871 kb PDF)
  2. A completed nominee-provided summary form. (466kb PDF)
  3. A letter of recommendation from the nominator (2-page limit).
  4. A letter of recommendation from another faculty member or administrator within USC, or a letter of recommendation from someone outside of USC who has first-hand knowledge of the nominee’s contributions and impact (2-page limit).
  5. The nominee’s complete CV.

Arrange all nomination materials in the order shown above, and save as a PDF file named:
NOMINEELASTNAME_2014 Breakthrough Leadership

Complete nomination packets should be emailed to beaslejd@mailbox.sc.edu with the subject: NOMINEELASTNAME_2014 Breakthrough Leadership

Complete nomination packets are due no later than 5PM EST, September 2, 2014.

If you have any questions or difficulty submitting nomination materials, please call Jack Beasley at 803-777-5458.

Notes and Exceptions


Selection Process
Nominations that are complete and responsive to the requirements of this announcement will be evaluated by the Breakthrough Awards Committee. The committee will evaluate nominations using specific review criteria. The committee will provide a prioritized list of recommended recipients to the Vice President for Research (VPR) based on the quality of the materials provided by the nominator. The VPR will determine recipients based on the committee’s recommendations.

Nominees and their nominators will receive notification of their selection or declination on or before October 10, 2014.

Review Criteria
Evaluations will be performed by the Breakthrough Awards Committee. The committee will use a weighted rubric to inform the prioritization of recommendations presented to the VPR. Committee members will evaluate nominations independently, then meet and come to a consensus for recommendations to the VPR.

The committee will evaluate nomination materials using a weighted rubric, and will look for specific evidence of key attributes in making their recommendations.

Nominee-Provided Summary (50% of score)
Nominee will use the provided summary form to answer the following statements:

Nominator Letter of Recommendation (2-page limit; 20% of score)

 

USC Letter of Recommendation (2-page limit; 15% of score)

OR

Outside Letter of Recommendation (2-page limit; 15% of score)

CV (15% of score)

 

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