Dalton Eminent Scholar Award

(Left to Right) President Bret Danilowicz, Dr. Rick Van Noy, Dr. Steven Fesmire, Dr. Zachary Collier, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Bethany Usher.

The Dalton Eminent Senior Scholar Award serves to recognize faculty members with a distinguished national and/or international reputation in their disciplines. Each award includes $10,000 to fund research travel and materials, and $5,000 to be granted upon successful completion of a current or future scholarly activity and notification of the Office of the Provost. Award recipients are encouraged to involve student investigators in the funded activity. 

Eligibility for Senior Scholars

Recipients of the Dalton Eminent Senior Scholar Award must be Radford University Associate or Full Professors with service in the rank at Radford University for a minimum of three academic years. Awardees may be considered for this award again after at least three years from the conclusion of the previous award.

The Dalton Eminent Scholar Rising Star

One award is reserved for a Dalton Eminent Scholar Rising Star. A nominee in the Rising Star category must be:

  • In no more than their sixth year of continuous service as a full-time faculty member at a higher education institution.
  • In at least their third year of continuous faculty service at Radford University.

The Rising Star designation recognizes a faculty member showing extraordinary promise for a career of excellence with research or creative scholarship in the recipient’s discipline. Faculty members are only eligible to receive the Rising Star designation once.

Procedures for Nomination and Selection

Nominations for this award may be submitted to the Provost by a faculty member’s colleague, department chair or school director. A nominating colleague does not need to be affiliated with Radford University.

The nomination letter should provide clear and compelling evidence of the faculty member’s superior accomplishments and lasting contributions in research or creative scholarship in the member’s discipline.

Nomination Package

The nomination package for a candidate should include:

  1. Nomination letter
  2. Up to three additional one-page letters of support addressing the faculty member’s merit for the Dalton Eminent Scholar Award. These cannot be from a member of the review committee.
  3. Faculty member’s curriculum vitae

The complete nomination package is to be submitted via submission form between September 20, 2023 and by 5 p.m. on October 20, 2023.

Review Process

Members of the Academic Affairs Leadership Team will serve as the review committee for the Dalton Eminent Scholar Award. The nomination is considered through a confidential process.

Faculty members will be notified of selection decisions by Nov. 16, 2023.