The Caplenor Faculty Research Award, established in 1984 in honor of the late Dr. Charles Donald Caplenor, former Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Instructional Development, is awarded annually to one member of the faculty of Tennessee Technological University for outstanding research accomplished while employed at the University.
Caplenor Faculty Research Award Committee
The purpose of the committee is to administer the program for selection of the Caplenor Faculty Research Award recipient.
The committee will consist of one faculty representative elected from each college or school, the Dean of Graduate Studies, the Associate Vice President for Research, and the two previous award recipients. An alternate for each representative will be elected to serve should the representative be nominated for the award or be unable to serve. These elections are to be held in each college/school during Spring Semester as required, and the terms of the elected representative and alternate will begin the following Fall Semester.
Terms of Office
The Executive Officer for the committee will be the Associate Vice President for Research. The award recipient in the second year of service to the committee will serve as Chairperson. In the event this award recipient is unable to serve as Chairperson, the committee will elect a Chairperson from the membership.
The Executive Officer will provide technical assistance to the committee.
The Chairperson will take office at the beginning of the academic year. Responsibilities are to:
Staff support will be provided by the Office of Research.
The committee will meet in November and at other times as needed.
Criteria for Nomination
Criteria to be considered for nomination for the Caplenor Faculty Research Award are outstanding accomplishments in pure or applied research.
Nominations will be made by submission of a signed nomination form. Any person who is a full-time Tennessee Technological University faculty member may submit a nomination on behalf of himself/herself or any other individual. No individual may make more than one nomination per year. All nominations must be submitted to the Office of Research. Only one nomination form is needed to place a candidate's name in nomination.
Nominations will be made on a form provided by the Office of Research which will include a request for the following information:
Letters of Recommendation
The committee will request a letter of recommendation from each of the three individuals listed on the nomination form as references.
Requested Materials from Nominees
Nominees for the Caplenor Faculty Research Award will be asked to:
The credentials of a nominee not selected for the award will automatically be reconsidered the next year. The individual will be given the opportunity to update materials. After the second year, consideration will be given to an individual only if renominated.
The name of the award recipient will be certified by the Associate Vice President for Research and forwarded to the President of the University through the Vice President for Academic Affairs for public release.
The University shall give appropriate recognition to the recipient in terms of a cash award, a plaque presented at Fall Commencement ceremonies, and a listing on a permanent plaque located in Derryberry Hall.
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised will govern the committee in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these procedures.
These procedures can be amended at any regular meeting of the committee by a vote of two-thirds of those present, provided that the proposed changes have been submitted in writing to each member at least one (1) week prior to the meeting.
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