CUFA BC Distinguished Academics Awards
Call for Nominations
The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC (CUFA BC) announces its call for nominations to the 2021 Distinguished Academics Awards! Nominations close April 1, 2021 with an awards ceremony to take place in fall 2021.
We are pleased to announce the cash values of the awards have increased to $2,000 each starting in 2021.
The date of the 2021 DAAs is yet to be determined, as will the possibility of this event being held in person or virtually. We will continue to monitor the developments of COVID-19 and follow the advice of our provincial health officer when it comes to gathering in person.
The purpose of the CUFA BC Distinguished Academics Awards is to recognize academic staff members of British Columbia public research universities who have made outstanding contributions to the community beyond the academy through their academic work.
Early in Career Award
The Early in Career Award recognizes outstanding contributions made by scholars at relatively early stages in their careers. It is recognized that career patterns differ and so we encourage nominators to explain how this award is appropriate for their nominee. As a guide only, early in career is often defined as being “no more than five years from completion of a doctoral degree or equivalent” or “within three years of the initial appointment as an Assistant Professor”. The adjudication committee will determine the appropriateness of nominations.
Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award
Named after the president who created the Distinguished Academics Awards during his term, this award recognizes a specific and recent outstanding contribution to the community beyond the academy through research or other scholarly activity by an individual or group at any stage of their career. A recent contribution would typically be within the past three years.
Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award
Named in memory of Dr. Paz Buttedahl – academic, community builder and faculty association leader – this award is for sustained outstanding contributions to the community beyond the academy through research or other scholarly activities by an individual or a group over the major portion of their career.
To be considered for an award, nominees must be current members of a CUFA BC member faculty association (Royal Roads, SFU, UBC, UNBC, and UVic). For a group nomination, a majority of group members, including the primary researcher or leader, if there is one, must be current members of a CUFA BC member faculty association. Award recipients must be willing and able to attend the awards dinner and to make a brief presentation.
All forms of research and scholarly activity that contribute to the community beyond the academy are eligible for consideration. Examples of eligible contributions include:
- developing an innovative idea, process or framework;
- extending an idea, process or framework through novel applications;
- promoting a field of knowledge to the public;
- contributing to the understanding of public policy;
- developing innovative systems to access research materials, etc.
In making its decision, the selection committee may also take into account other aspects of the nominee’s academic life and other contributions to the community beyond the academy.
Nominations for each of the awards must include the following information:
- a completed Distinguished Academics Award nomination form available from the CUFA BC office or website;
- an abbreviated curriculum vitae of the nominee(s). CVs may be no more than 20 pages (single-sided) or 10 pages (double-sided); and
- two letters of reference, one of which must be from a person outside the university community who can comment on the contribution of the individual’s or group’s academic work to the community beyond the academy. These letters must specifically describe how the nominee(s) research or other scholarly activity has contributed to the community beyond the academy.
- a letter of nomination specifically describing how the research or other scholarly activity of the nominee(s) has contributed to the community beyond the academy.
- In the case of the Early in Career Award, the letter must address how the nominee(s) fit in to the early in career category.
- In the case of the Academic of the Year Award, the letter must refer to a specific and recent contribution.
- In the case of the Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award, the letter must refer to contributions over the course of the career.
CUFA BC no longer requires a physical nomination package. Please submit nominations as a single PDF, with documents in the following order: nomination form, cover letter from nominator, two letters of reference, CV(s) of nominee(s).
Dates and Deadlines
Nominations must be received by April 1, 2021. Nominations made for the 2020 awards may be resubmitted – contact the CUFA BC office for further details.
Obligations of the Recipient
Award recipients must be willing and able to attend the awards dinner and to make a brief presentation of their work.
Submit nominations by April 1, 2021, by e-mail to:
CUFA BC Distinguished Academics Awards
firstname.lastname@example.org / www.cufa.bc.ca