|Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award|
USC recognizes individual faculty research accomplishments through a wide range of awards; however, a number of USC faculty members provide outstanding leadership which impacts the research performed by others and the community at large, and such efforts often go unrecognized. The goal of this award is to recognize such faculty members who utilize a synergistic approach to promote and inspire excellence in research, resulting in a significant impact on USC and the community.
The overall objective of this award is to promote leadership qualities in support of research by not only recognizing the awardee, but also by developing a culture of future leaders in research who value and engage in a wide range of activities which benefit USC and the community.
Criteria for Awards
The primary criterion for the award is the demonstration of leadership through sustained commitment towards synergistic activities such as: successful mentoring of junior faculty, establishing research centers with university-wide impact, promoting research at K-12, community outreach through research, creating programs aimed at increasing diversity, or any other activities that are considered non-traditional for which USC currently does not provide recognition.
Examples of possible activities considered for this award are listed below:
Please note that there could be many other unique ways through which the faculty may provide leadership to help promote research and scholarly activity. Consideration for these awards are not restricted to the above examples.
Examples of faculty activities not considered for this award:
Eligibility for Nominations
Any full-time faculty member currently employed within the USC system can be nominated by colleagues or administrative leadership. A nominee may not win two years in a row.
Any faculty member or administrative leader can nominate. To complete the nomination package, the nominator must complete the nomination form. In addition, the nominator must include the current CV of the nominee and solicit one additional Letter of Support. The Letter of Support and Nomination should clearly describe how the nominee's leadership has positively impacted research and scholarly activity across USC and/or the community. The entire package must be emailed directly to Lauren Clark in the Office of Research by 5PM on August 2, 2013. Nomination materials should be saved as a PDF or Word document.
Complete nomination packages will be reviewed by the Breakthrough Awards Committee, who will evaluate the submissions based on a rubric and will select the awardees. The Breakthrough Awards Committee is comprised of senior faculty and administrators from a wide range of disciplines. Awards will be presented at a dinner during the Fall 2013 semester, and the awardees will be featured in a special Breakthrough publication.