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Academic Affairs Awards

Academic Affairs Awards 2022-2023 

The Tennessee Tech Academic Affairs Awards recognize faculty, staff, and students across campus who are promoting an atmosphere of excellence, inclusion, innovation, and embody the Wings Up Way. Each year, awards are given to faculty, staff, and students from the various offices and centers. Recipients are recognized at the Academic Affairs Awards Ceremony in the fall. 

Nominations for this year's Academic Affairs awards are now open. You can nominate below. Please contact Amy McCoy at with any questions. 


Teaching & Learning 



Campus Engagement 

Caplenor Faculty Research Award 

The Caplenor Faculty Research Award is the highest honor that Tennessee Tech bestows upon its faculty. The award represents a level of achievement beyond the basic requirements for tenure and promotion, and serves as an inspiration for interested faculty to excel in their fields of study. The Caplenor Committee seeks out those faculty members who will continue to produce and add to the depth of their field of study.

Selection for the Caplenor Faculty Research Award is a lengthy, rigorous, peer-reviewed process that evaluates a faculty member’s performance as measured by contributions to scholarship and creativity that received wide recognition far beyond the University. There are numerous areas for potential contribution, and major criteria for nomination are as follows:

  • Significant recognized peer-reviewed publications, including work with her/his students and collaborators in the field of scholarship or creativity.
  • Presentations such as seminars, lectures, performances, galleries, etc. related to her/his field of scholarship or creativity, including those made by invitation as keynote and/or plenary lectures.
  • Contributions to the profession, impact on society and Tennessee Tech such as membership on editorial boards, editing journals, special issues, books, etc. and the organization of professional meetings (technical, educational, art exhibitions, etc.)

As a committee, we invite you to participate in the selection process for this prestigious award by identifying and nominating a faculty member you consider outstanding in their field and accomplishments. If you believe that to be you, we encourage you to self-advocate and seek out a nomination. The deadline to nominate a faculty member is Friday, November 18. Please submit nominations to Jill Dicey in the Office of Research by emailing the form to The nomination form can be found here.

Scholar-Mentor Award 

The Scholar-Mentor Award honors a current full-time faculty member who displays outstanding mentorship, integrating scholarship, research and teaching excellence. It has been awarded annually since 2015.

Nominees for the award should demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in mentoring, scholarship, research and teaching while a member of the Tennessee Tech University faculty. The Award Committee looks for evidence of excellence in a variety of areas which can include publications and presentations; performances and exhibitions; music scores, recordings, and curatorial activities; citations of one’s work by others; evaluations by students, peers, journal editors/referees; internal and external grants awarded; and professional or alumni recognition.

Once nominated, faculty are requested to submit evidence of mentoring relationships with students and/or faculty citing how the nominee has guided their mentees to attain their goals; publications co- authored by students and the nominee; presentations given by students and the nominee; involvement in Tennessee Tech’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Program; and involvement in Student Research Day projects. They are also asked to submit their mentoring philosophy, recent IDEA evaluations, and letters of recommendation from students and colleagues.

The Scholar-Mentor Award Committee consists of eight faculty members from a variety of disciplines. We invite you to submit your nomination for a deserving colleague. The Nomination Form is available under the Forms menu on the Scholar-Mentor Award web page. Please submit completed forms to Jill Dicey ( in the Office of Research. This year’s deadline for submissions is Friday, November 11.

Scholastic Research Award

The annual Scholastic Research Award is a university-wide award for a single, significant, and innovative work produced, published, performed, or exhibited during the preceding calendar year (January 1-December 31). 

Nomination information coming soon! 

Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching 

Do you know a student-centered educator who practices innovative teaching designed to promote student success and engagement? Does the teacher inspire student learning or model best teaching practices for colleagues? Nominate them for the Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching! You can complete your nomination using the form below. Please note, you can only complete one nomination per form.


Faculty Excellence in Course Design 

Nominations are now open for the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning Faculty Excellence Awards. This is your opportunity to recognize a course that stands out for its engaging content, effective assessments, and innovation in design and layout. Nominate them for the Faculty Excellence in Course Design Award! You can complete your nomination using the form below. Please note, you can only complete one nomination per form.  


Faculty Excellence in Online Education 

Or maybe you know an educator that excels in the online environment. Whose course includes innovative technology, engaging online content, and creates an online environment where students feel challenged and inspired. Nominate them for the Faculty Excellence in Online Teaching Award. Nominations for both awards close on Friday, March 11th. You can complete your nomination using the form below. Please note, you can only complete one nomination per form.  


General Education Award for Outstanding Teaching 

The General Education Award for Outstanding Teaching is awarded to a full-time or part-time faculty member, instructor, or graduate teaching assistant for outstanding instruction in a general education course. Any student, faculty member, administrator, or recent graduate may nominate a teacher for this award. Two winners are selected each year to receive a plaque or certificate and a monetary award. 

Nomination information coming soon! 

Outstanding Faculty Award for Professional Service

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Faculty Awards in Professional Service.  Maybe you know an educator who volunteers their time and professional expertise on a regular basis? Whose commitment to professional service makes a positive impact for those they serve? Nominate them for the Outstanding Faculty Award for Professional Service. You can complete your nomination using the form below. Please note, you can only complete one nomination per form.


Distinguished Service Learning Award 

Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.The Distinguished Service Learning Award is presented to a member of the Tennessee Tech community who shows exceptional dedication and commitment to engaging in service learning while inspiring and equipping others to do the same.  


Outstanding Diversity Award

The Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award recognizes faculty who lead by example in providing exceptional mentoring as well as social and academic support to minority students on Tennessee Tech's campus.

Nomination Information Coming Soon!

Commission on the Status of Women Excellence Award

The Commission on the Status of Women in Excellence award is present annually to an individual employed by Tennessee Tech University who has contributed significantly to gender equity. The award honors three qualities that characterize the tradition of women’s leadership at Tech: perseverance, ongoing commitment, and mentorship. The award celebrates the efforts of Tennessee Tech employees to provide ongoing leadership and mentoring for the campus community and work towards gender equity for all. 


Tech Togetherness Awards 

Nominations are now being accepted for the Tech Togetherness Awards sponsored by the Office of the Provost. The goal of Tech Togetherness is to bridge the gaps and create stronger relationships across administrators, faculty, staff, and the Tech community at large. With everyone moving in the same direction we can all individually and collectively reach this goal. As we wrap up another academic year, we want to acknowledge those that have helped us remain together in spirit and who have embodied the Wings Up Way. 

This year, four (4) Tech Togetherness awards will be awarded. If you know of an employee who: is encouraging or has initiative; is a team player; goes the extra mile to find solutions; builds better relationships by standing in the gap; or is simply considered an unsung hero, please consider nominating them for the Tech Togetherness Awards. All regular full-time and part-time Tennessee Tech employees are eligible for nomination. Any Tech employee, student or friend of the university may fill out this online application.  


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