(Application Information)


The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities supports the pursuits foundational to sustaining the intellectual growth of SUNY institutions by recognizing consistently outstanding scholarly and creative productivity, conducted in addition to teaching, by SUNY’s instructional faculty.

Award criteria:

Evidence of sound scholarship (traditionally research and publication in the sciences and humanities) and creative productivity (in fields where scholarship takes the form of artistic production, performance, composition, etc.) can be demonstrated through a variety of avenues, including grants, release time, honors, etc. The selection criteria for this award shall include a reasonable combination of, but not be restricted to, those appearing below. Nominees should be individuals who have:

For Scholarship (research in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities):

An excellent, sustained record of research publications in peer-reviewed journals, and/or research monographs, and/or research-oriented texts; or a record of presenting at national and/or international conferences, presentation of papers published in conference proceedings and/or digests, patents awarded, grants secured, and citation of work by individuals or groups other than the nominee’s collaborators.


For Creative Productivity (generally the fine or performing arts or those fields where creative productivity constitutes scholarship e.g., culinary arts, etc.):

A record of excellence in creative activity appropriate for the specific field or discipline, such as exhibitions, shows, performances, productions, and stage work; or a record demonstrating evidence of critical reviews, grants, inclusion of works in permanent collections, retrospectives, and other forms of external recognition and acclaim.


Academic Background -Nominations for the award must be full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty.

Academic Rank -Nominees for the award may hold any academic rank.

Length of Service -Candidates must have completed at least three years of full-time service on the home campus prior to the year of nomination.


  • Individuals holding Distinguished Faculty Rank: Distinguished Librarian, Distinguished Professor, Distinguished Service Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor – may not be nominated for an Excellence Award in any of the categories;

  • Recipients of an Excellence Award may not be nominated for another Excellence Award within a five-year interval;

  • Recipients of an Excellence Award may not be re-nominated for an award in the same category;

  • Individuals holding qualified academic appointments (as defined in SUNY Board of Trustees policies: individuals holding the title of lecturer or titles of academic rank preceded by the designation “visiting” or other similar designations) may not be nominated;

  • The chief campus officer for academic, student, or administrative affairs, or persons serving in these capacities, may not be nominated for an Excellence Award. Therefore, other examples of positions excluded are: the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Executive Vice Chancellors, Associate Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deputy Counsels, Campus Presidents, Campus Provosts, Deputy Provosts, Deputies to the President, Chiefs of Staff, Officers-in-Charge, Vice Presidents and Deans of the College of Ceramics at Alfred University and the New York State Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, of Human Ecology, of Industrial and Labor Relations and of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University are ineligible for nomination;

  • Individuals should not be nominated in the same season for promotion to Distinguished Faculty rank and an Excellence Award in the same category (e.g., an individual should not be nominated for a Distinguished Teaching Professorship and an Excellence in Teaching award); and

  • Under NO circumstances may candidates apply - or self-nominate - for these awards.

Number and frequency of awards:

Nomination allocations for a campus are based on a ratio to FTEs. One nomination allocation shall be allotted for every 5,000 total FTE students on the campus.

Selection process:

Nominating Process: The nomination process/procedure is in two parts: local (MCC) nominations and state level review.


  • Nominations for the award emanate from a broad representation of the campus community including library faculty and staff, other faculty, students, and administrators.

  • Employees may nominate colleagues for this award by submitting a formal nomination letter or memo. It must be printed and signed, then sent to Sandy Warren, Personnel Assistant in Human Resources (Brighton Campus, Building 1, Room 303), by the deadline listed on the main Faculty Senate Chancellors Award Page.

  • Human Resources will notify nominees shortly after the deadline so that the nominee may begin preparing and assembling his/her packet. If they choose to accept the nomination, nominees must submit packets to Sandy Warren by the deadline listed on the main Faculty Senate Chancellors Award Page.

  • The selection committee reviews packets and makes its recommendation to the President. The deliberations of the campus committee shall be confidential.

  • The committee forwards to the President no more than the number of nominations allowed.

  • Nominations endorsed by the President are forwarded to the State University of New York in care of the Office of the Provost.


  • Nominations for the awards are reviewed for compliance with the SUNY-wide criteria for selection and eligibility.

  • Failure by a campus to comply with the procedures established for the selection of nominees will result in the disqualification of all nominees from that institution.

  • After review, a report will be sent to the Chancellor in the form of recommendations for award.

Required documentation: Checklist of Packet Materials

  • Coversheet, available here
  • Personal narrative written by nominee describing how he/she excels, in addition to teaching, in meeting each of the award criteria, including sound scholarship (in the form of research in peer-reviewed journals, research monographs, or research-oriented texts, conference presentations, grants secured, etc.) and creative productivity (in the form of exhibitions, shows, performances, productions, stage work, critical reviews, grants, collections, retrospectives, etc.)
  • Up-to-date and moderately detailed vitae
  • Student evaluations (if applicable)
  • Performance appraisals
  • Letters of recommendation (not to exceed 5)
  • Other relevant materials


Eleven (11) copies and one complete set of signed (in blue ink) originals of the nomination packet should be submitted by the nominee. Originals should not be hole-punched or stapled.


All nomination materials must be submitted to Melissa Fingar, room 1 - 303, or Sandy Warren, Room 6 – 301 (Human Resources), by no later than 4 p.m. on (deadline date: see main Chancellor's award page).