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updated 2.13.2013

College of Medicine: Office of Faculty Affairs
Faculty Awards

University Scholar Award

The prestigious University Scholars Program provides three-year awards to faculty members who have demonstrated superior performance in scholarly activities in both research and teaching and who show great promise for future achievements.

The program is designed to identify outstanding members of the faculty and to provide each with a modest amount of funds annually for a defined number of years. The importance of these awards lies in the flexibility with which the funds may be spent. Recipients may use the funds at their discretion to enhance their scholarly work, except for salary rate increases, which are not permitted. The awards are not made for a specific project or proposal; rather, they are a symbol of the recipient's excellence and the University's commitment to foster outstanding people and their work. Therefore, the awards are made through nominations, not by application.

Awards of $10,000 per year will be made on a three-year basis to members of the faculty whose work is clearly superior. University Scholars may be individuals already on the University of Illinois faculty, or the awards may be used to attract faculty from other institutions to the University. Nominees for these awards will be carefully screened to assure that those selected are among the very best in their fields.

Nominations for the 2013-14 cycle are due in the COM Office of Faculty Affairs on Monday, February 4, 2013. Please see the nomination guidelines above for further details.


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UIC Distinguished Professor Award

This appointment was created to recruit and recognize persons who have made a significant impact upon their field through scholarship, creativity and leadership. Professors selected for the award will receive a non-salaried, non-service appointment as UIC Distinguished Professor which will be effective with the next appointment year. A review panel will make recommendations to the Provost who will submit names to the University Board of Trustees for approval.

The campus deadline for this year's internal nominations is Friday, February 15, 2013. However, department heads are asked to submit the names of any proposed nominees to Dean Azar well in advance of this deadline, so that a decision may be made as to which nominations will be put forward by the College.

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Faculty of the Year Award

This award recognizes outstanding achievements in several aspects of the College's mission and is a distinct honor for the faculty member and his/her home department. Each College of Medicine site chooses one nomination and forwards the selection to the College Committee on Faculty Awards . All full time and part time faculty of the College of Medicine are eligible for this award, which is presented to the selected faculty member at the Convocation Ceremony at his/her site.

Nominations for the 2013 Faculty of the Year Award are due in the COM Office of Faculty Affairs on Monday, March 18, 2013. Please see the nomination guidelines above for further details on the criteria and the submission process.

Nominations for faculty at the Peoria, Rockford and Urbana campuses may have an earlier deadline at the local level. Please check with your Regional Dean's Office.


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Distinguished Faculty Award

The College of Medicine at Chicago annually reviews nominations for the Distinguished Faculty Award, which is presented to a senior faculty member in recognition of the recipient's excellence in research, service to the profession, or distinction as an educator. The expectation is that this honor will go to an individual who has fulfilled the highest goals of an academician and is nationally or internationally recognized for his or her achievements. The Distinguished Faculty Award is presented at the College's Commencement Ceremony.

Nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award are due in the COM Office of Faculty Affairs on Friday, March 22, 2013. Please see the nomination guidelines above for further details.


Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards

The Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards recognize the significant contributions to medical education made by gifted teachers. Special consideration will be given to those who have published in medical education and whose educational materials have been adopted by other institutions. Up to four awards will be granted each year. Each awardee will receive a $10,000 grant. The awardee's nominating institution will receive $2,500 for teaching activities, and, if the nominating institution has an AOA chapter, the chapter will receive a stipend of $1,000 toward its activities.

Each medical school in the United States and Canada may nominate one faculty member. The nomination is made by the Dean.

The College Committee on Faculty Awards reviews nominations and recommends to the Dean the faculty member who will represent the College in the national competition. 

The AAMC encourages a process that provides for broad student input as well as the peer judgment of faculty colleagues.  Students will be invited to endorse candidates they favor and their comments will be forwarded to the Faculty Awards Committee prior to its deliberations.

The deadline for the submission of nominations for 2013 has not yet been established but is likely to fall in early April. Please contact Loreen Troy (ltroy@uic.edu) for further information on deadlines and submission requirements.

AAMC Request for Nominations

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