CAFA Awards

CAFA DISTINGUISHED ACADEMIC AWARDS          Nomination Form      Deadline:  April 28, 2017

The purpose of the CAFA Distinguished Academic Awards is to recognize members of the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association [ULFA], the Athabasca University Faculty Association [AUFA], The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary and the Association of Academic Staff of the University of Alberta [AASUA], who through their research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activities have made outstanding contributions to the community beyond the university.

CAFA Distinguished Academic Award

Recognizing an academic staff member, or group of staff members, who through their research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activities have made an outstanding contribution to the wider community beyond the university.

CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award

Recognizing an academic staff member at an early stage of his or her career, who through his or her research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activity has made an outstanding contribution to the wider community beyond the university.

Each Award recipient will receive a cheque for $2,000 and an original piece of Alberta artwork.

Nominees must be current members of one of the academic staff associations within CAFA – the AASUA, AUFA, Calgary, or ULFA. For a group nomination, a majority of group members, including the primary researcher or group leader, must be current members of one of the CAFA academic staff associations.

An Award recipient must be willing and able to attend the annual CAFA Distinguished Academic Awards dinner and to make a brief presentation on his research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activity and its contribution to the wider community. Some contact with the media may also be required. Travel and hotel expenses for Award recipients attending the Awards dinner will be paid for by CAFA.

The 2017 CAFA Awards Dinner will take place in Edmonton on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

Nominees for the CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award must be no more than eight (8) years beyond the completion of a doctoral degree or equivalent qualification.

ELIGIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS

Any type or form of research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activity which makes a contribution to the community beyond the university is eligible for consideration by the Selection Committee.

In making its decision, the Selection Committee, at its discretion, may also take into account such factors as a nominee’s teaching and service record, as well as other aspects of his or her professional life.

CAFA Awards FAQ

Nominations for either Award must include the following:

1. A completed Nomination Form

2. A Nomination Letter describing specifically how the research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activity of the nominee(s) has made a contribution to the community beyond the university. Nominations from any source are welcome.

[N.B. The work of the Selection Committee is dependent on the quality and completeness of the information it receives in the Nomination Letters.]

3. The current CV of the nominee(s).

4. Two (2) Letters of Reference.

[N.B. Letters of reference should be from persons qualified to comment on the research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activity of the nominee(s), and the contribution it has made to the community outside the university.]

Send your Nomination package to CAFA, 8909S – 112 Street (HUB Mall), U of A, Edmonton, AB, T6G 25C. You can also e-mail your package in pdf format to lori.morinville@ualberta.ca

Nominations for both CAFA Awards must be received by April 28, 2017.

Nomination Form

The Selection Committee consists of the president of CAFA, as Chair, and the presidents of the four CAFA member associations – AASUA, AUFA, Calgary, and ULFA – or their designates. The Executive Director of CAFA, ex-officio, sits as a (non-voting) member of the Committee.

The Selection Committee may deliberate, consult and arrive at its decisions as it shall determine, subject to the Terms of Reference of the CAFA Distinguished Academic Awards. The decisions of the Selection Committee are final.

Award recipients will be selected by May 17, 2017.

CAFA Award Nominations – FAQ

Can I nominate someone for both the CAFA Distinguished Academic Award and the CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award?

No, each nomination must be for one Award only, but the CAFA Awards Selection Committee may, at its discretion, consider a nominee in both categories.

Can I re-submit a nomination I made last year?

Yes, but you must submit a new Nomination Form, together with a new Nomination Letter to the Selection Committee indicating that you wish them to reconsider the previous year’s nomination. In addition, you should include any relevant new information for the Committee’s consideration.

If the original nomination was made more than a year ago, you must submit a completely new nomination package, including a Nomination Form, Nomination Letter, CV, and Letters of Reference.

Does the nominee have to be a member of one of the academic staff associations belonging to CAFA?

Yes, if you are nominating an individual. If you are nominating a group, the majority of group members, including the primary researcher or team leader (if there is one), must be members of one of the academic staff associations belonging to CAFA – that is, AUFA, ULFA, Calgary or the AASUA.

How can I confirm that a nominee is a member of one of the academic staff associations belonging to CAFA?

If you are uncertain, please contact the local academic staff association for more information.

At what level of detail should the Nomination Letter and other nomination materials describe the nominee’s research or other scholarly activity?

The Selection Committee is comprised of association members from a variety of academic disciplines, so any detailed description of the nominee’s research or other scholarly activity should take into account that individual members of the Committee may not have the necessary background to follow overly technical explanations. As far as possible, the nomination materials should attempt to describe the nominee’s contributions in terms accessible to the informed layperson.

Does a nominee for one of the CAFA Awards have to have an extensive publication record?

Not necessarily. The Selection Committee will use its discretion in assigning appropriate weight to publications.

The CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award is intended to recognize specific, recent contributions to the community beyond the academy by academic staff members at an early stage of their careers, perhaps before they have had time to compile an extensive publication record.

In the case of nominees for the CAFA Distinguished Academic Award, expectations of an extensive publication record are likely to be higher, but the Selection Committee certainly may find that a nominee has made an outstanding contribution to the community beyond the academy through his or her research, creative or scholarly work, without an extensive publication record.

For either Award, it is essential that the nomination materials should explain fully the nature of the nominee’s research, creative, or scholarly activity, and how it has made a contribution to the community beyond the academy.

What is a “contribution to the community beyond the university”?

A “contribution to the community beyond the university” refers to the impact that the nominee’s research, creative, or scholarly activity has had outside the academic world. This impact might be direct, as in a discovery or development of a new process or product of benefit to the public; or it might be indirect, as in scholarship, which helps advance understanding of a public policy issue. It could also result from academic research or creative work undertaken in cooperation with or in support of a community project. Work in any discipline is eligible for consideration.

Why do the Awards recognize “contributions to the community beyond the university”?

In creating the CAFA Distinguished Academic Awards, CAFA wanted to celebrate and publicize the impact on the wider community of the world-class research, creative and scholarly activities undertaken by academic staff at Alberta universities. The sheer range, scale and complexity of these activities has perhaps tended to limit public awareness of, and appreciation for, the major contributions these activities make to our community. The CAFA Awards are designed to help bring into better focus this important aspect of the work of academic staff.

Why do you limit the awards to “research and scholarly activity”? Why don’t you recognize teaching?

There already are a number of high-profile awards recognizing teaching. The CAFA Awards are aimed specifically at fostering public awareness and understanding of the research, creative and scholarly activities of academic staff members, and the many ways in which they benefit the wider community.

How important is teaching and service in deciding who receives an award?

The CAFA Awards are primarily about research, creative and scholarly activities, but the Selection Committee may also consider other aspects of a nominee’s professional life. So, it is advisable to include some information about teaching, service and other aspects of the nominee’s professional life.

Does the nominee have to sign the consent section of the awards application form?

Yes. Under the privacy laws, it is necessary for CAFA to obtain informed consent from individuals for the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information.

Does the nominee have to be present at the CAFA Awards ceremony to receive the award?

Yes. Only to those people who are able to attend the CAFA Awards dinner and presentation in September are eligible to receive an Award. Before filing a nomination, please confirm that the nominee is available to attend the CAFA Awards dinner if he or she is chosen to receive an Award.

CAFA DISTINGUISHED ACADEMIC AWARDS

2015

Dr. Lars Hallström, Professor of Political Studies in the Department of Social Sciences, Augustana Campus, with a joint appointment in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, at the University of Alberta, has been chosen to receive the 2015 CAFA Distinguished Academic Award.

Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law, with a cross appointment in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, at the University of Alberta, is the recipient of this year’s CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award.

2014

Dr. Norm Campbell, Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, is the recipient of the 2014 CAFA Distinguished Academic Award for his work in the field of hypertension prevention and control.

Dr. Chris Hugenholtz, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Calgary, has been chosen to receive the 2014 CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award for his contributions in the field of geomorphology.

2013

Dr. Bryan Kolb, Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge, is the recipient of the 2013 CAFA Distinguished Academic Award.

Dr. Morris Flynn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, has been chosen to receive this year’s CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award.

2012

Dr. Trudy Govier, Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Lethbridge, is the recipient of the 2012 CAFA Distinguished Academic Award.

Dr. Gregory McDermid, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Calgary, has been chosen to receive this year’s CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award.

2011

Jeffrey Bisanz, Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta has been chosen to receive this year’s CAFA Distinguished Academic Award.

Dr. Glynnis Hood, Associate Professor in the Department of Science at the Augustana Campus, University of Alberta, is the recipient of the 2011 CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award.

2010

Dr. Carole Estabrooks, Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Nursing, has been chosen to receive this year’s CAFA Distinguished Academic Award.

Dr. Paul Hayes, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Lethbridge, is the recipient of the 2010 CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award.

2009

Dr. Reginald Bibby, Board of Governors Research Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge, has been chosen to receive the CAFA Distinguished Academic Award for 2009.

Dr. Sara Dorow, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Community Service-Learning Program, University of Alberta, and Dr. Candace Nykiforuk, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta, will each be honoured with the CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award.

2008

Dr. Claude Couture, a professor at Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta has been chosen to receive the CAFA Distinguished Academic Award for 2008.

Dr. Diane Conrad, from the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, is the recipient of this year’s CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award.

2007

Professor Alvin Finkel, of Athabasca University, and Professor Lisa Doolittle, of the University of Lethbridge, have been chosen to receive the CAFA Distinguished Academic Awards for 2007. Professor Emily Luce, of the University of Lethbridge, is the recipient of this year’s CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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