Faculty Handbook

40.13 Endowed Faculty Chairs, Awards, and Prizes

Revised September 7, 2015

The Frank and Evelyn Steinbrucker ’42 Endowed Chair

The Steinbrucker Chair is held by a tenured, senior member of the Arcadia University faculty for a period of two years. In some cases, the term may be extended to three years. Although faculty members in all disciplines are eligible, preference will be given to an associate or full professor working in the social sciences. He or she will have compiled a distinguished record of teaching, professional achievements, and service to the University, and will have shown considerable leadership ability. Applicants will be expected to submit a prospectus for a major project designed to fulfill one or more elements of the Arcadia University Mission Statement through the enhancement of the curriculum, pedagogy, and/or student-faculty interaction. This project should be capable of being brought to fruition within two-to-three years and should hold strong promise of making a permanent contribution to the further development of academic life at the University. 

Financial and logistic support provided may take one or more of the following forms: a supplemental sabbatical stipend; reduction of teaching load (which may precede or follow a sabbatical); a sabbatical from service; secretarial or clerical assistance; travel subsidies; money to purchase equipment, supplies, and materials; a budget for consultants and guest speakers (when appropriate); and, in exceptional cases, temporary salary augmentation. Annual funding will be in the range of $20-$30,000. Announcement of the award, including application and selection procedures, comes from the Provost’s Office and submission date is spring of the open year. 

The Stacy Anne Vitetta ’82 Professorship

Preference for this Professorship is given to tenure-track assistant professors who work in the natural sciences and have been teaching full-time at Arcadia University for a period of six years or less. The recipient holds the professorship for two consecutive years with an annual stipend of up to $20,000, which may be used for independent research, the enhancement of teaching skills, and/or curriculum development. Announcement of the award, including application and selection procedures, comes from the Provost’s Office. Submission deadline is usually spring of the open year. 

Ellington Beavers Fund for Intellectual Inquiry

Faculty awards under this program are intended to provide both time freed from normal responsibilities and funds to support expenses associated with scholarly work (including student co-investigators and assistants). The primary goal of the awards, consistent with the overall purpose of the institution and the Ellington Beavers Fund, is the enhancement of our educational program, either directly or indirectly. 

All full-time faculty who are expected to return to Arcadia University for at least the subsequent two years are eligible to apply for these awards, including those who are tenured, probationary, and non-tenure track. Preference will be given to junior faculty. Awards may not be given to the same individual more than once in any three-year period. Announcement of the award, including application and selection procedures, comes from the Provost’s Office and submission date is in the spring semester. 

Dr. Thomas P. Dougherty Endowed Faculty-Student Research Fund

In July of 1997, family and friends of the late Tom Dougherty, an Arcadia University faculty member from 1994 to 1997, established the Dr. Thomas P. Dougherty Endowed Faculty-Student Research Fund. The Deed of Gift states that the funds are to be used for “assisting in the education of capable young men and women and the development of [the research potential] of junior faculty members in the sciences,” with preference given to work in the disciplines of chemistry and physics. 

The Deed of Gift goes on to state that, in selecting the recipient, due consideration is to be given not only to the quality of the research proposal and the individual’s need for assistance, but also to his or her willingness to actively involve one or more students in the research process and to establish thereby a mentoring relationship. Announcement of the award, including application and selection procedures, comes from the Provost’s Office and the submission date is in the spring semester. 

Professor of the Year Award

Arcadia University annually recognizes one of its most outstanding faculty members by designating him or her as “Professor of the Year.” The purpose of the award is to recognize people who, through their outstanding professional competence, affect the lives and careers of students and contribute to the overall welfare of our society. 

Following the criteria established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in their national competition for Professor of the Year, the Selection Committee looks for (1) extraordinary dedication to teaching, (2) service to the institution and the profession, (3) a scholarly approach to teaching, (4) evidence of impact on, and involvement with, students, and (5) support materials from current and former students. 

Announcement of the award, including application and selection procedures, comes from the Provost’s Office and the submission date is in the spring semester. 

Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award

Each year during the spring semester, Arcadia students are invited to submit nominations for the Lindback Outstanding Teaching Award. A faculty committee meets to review student nominations. The normal selection process is for the committee to focus on the group of nominees receiving a substantial number of student nominations. Within this pool, the committee is not bound by the number of nominations as though they were votes; rather, the committee has discretion to evaluate candidates based on the nature of the nominators’ written comments and their own knowledge of the candidates. Selection criteria include the nature of the teaching/learning environment created by the faculty member, his or her dedication to student needs, and imaginative curricular innovations that have been introduced in the course(s). The committee also considers the experience of the candidate, rarely giving the award to a relatively new faculty member. 

Lloyd M. Abernethy Faculty Outstanding Service Award

The Abernethy Service Award is presented every two years to a full-time faculty member or professional librarian who has distinguished her/himself through an exceptional record of service to Arcadia University. A willingness to provide service to the University is regarded as implicit in employment at Arcadia. However, some individuals go beyond normal expectations to truly distinguish themselves in this regard. They help improve substantially one or more aspects of the academic environment, enrich and enliven campus life, and/or enhance the University’s image and reputation in the external community. Ordinarily, the recipient will be honored for a lengthy record of service, although recognition of an extraordinary effort in a single academic year is possible. The Abernethy Award can be received only once by an individual faculty member. Announcement of the award, including application and selection procedures, comes from the Provost’s Office and the submission date is in the spring semester of alternate years. 

Michael L. Berger Faculty Scholars & Artists Prize

The Berger Prize provides recognition by peers of scholarly and artistic work(s) that is/are judged to evidence groundbreaking thinking or creative activity that contributes in a significant and innovative manner to knowledge or artistic expression in the recipient’s field, and that brings enhanced recognition and distinction to the recipient and the University. Assuming there is a worthy recipient, the Prize will be presented every two years. The Berger Prize may be awarded to the same individual (or group) more than once. However, the Prize must be given for a different scholarly or artistic work(s), and there must be an interval of at least six years between the initial and subsequent awarding(s) of this honor to the same recipient(s). Announcement of the award, including application and selection procedures, comes from the Provost’s Office and submission date is spring of the open year. 

Rosemary and Walbert Blankley Endowed Chair in Education

The Rosemary and Walter Blankley Endowed Chair in Education was established in 2013 by a most generous donation from Education alumna, Rosemary Deniken Blankley ’57, and Walter Blankley. This Chair is held by a member of the Arcadia University School of Education faculty for a period of three years. At the end of the term, the Chair passes to a different faculty member in the School of Education. The same individual may hold the Blankley Chair more than once, but a full term of at least three years must pass before eligibility may be reinstated. 

The purpose of this fund is to support the research and projects of the selected faculty member in order to enhance the instruction and learning experienced by students in the School of Education. The fund and its administration is intended to capture the spirit of Rosemary and Walter Blankley’s deep and abiding belief in the transformative power of education. The appointee will have a strong record of teaching, professional achievements, and service to the School and University, and will have shown considerable leadership potential or ability. 

The Blankley Chair will provide financial and logistic support, which may take one or more of the following forms: a supplemental sabbatical stipend; reduction of teaching load (which may precede or follow a sabbatical); offset for course release; a sabbatical from service; secretarial or clerical assistance; travel subsidies; money to purchase equipment, supplies, and materials; a budget for consultants and guest speakers (when appropriate); and, in exceptional cases, temporary salary augmentation. Annual funding is pursuant to the University’s endowment spending policy applied to the Blankley fund, and will initially be in the range of $10,000-$25,000. (The inaugural award is anticipated in 2014. Subsequent announcement materials will include updated funding amounts.) 

The application process, which will include submission of a prospectus for a major project, is open to all full-time, tenured faculty members in the School of Education. Announcement of the Chair comes from the Dean of the School of Education and includes application and selection procedures. Submission deadline is usually early spring of the open year.