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Distinguished Creative Activity Award

Deadline - March 16th, 2016

Each year the faculty members at Middle Tennessee State University nominate their peers for the Distinguished Creative Activity Award. This award recognizes creative achievement defined as "original, imaginative works of artistic merit as distinguished from empirical/analytical works of scholarly research."  This award also carries a monetary honorarium from the Middle Tennessee State University Foundation.

For the purpose of this award, "creative achievement" is defined as original, imaginative works of artistic merit generally associated with the fine or performing arts. This award is NOTdesigned to recognize a single major work, but recognizes consistent and sustained contributions to the arts.

All full-time, non-temporary faculty members, except those who have been recipients within the previous five years (see below list), are eligible for nomination. No one is eligible for more than one Foundation Award in any given year.

To be eligible for the award, the activity should meet the following criteria.

  • Originality. The work should be an original product or performance of artistic inventiveness.
  • Recognition. The work must be recognized as a significant artistic contribution.
  • Time frame. The creative activity must have been performed while an employee of MTSU and either worked upon or completed within the last five years.

Nomination Procedures

The official nomination form must be completed and included. Nominations must be submitted by two faculty members within the discipline or closely allied fields. Please note that each faculty member may recommend no more than one nominee for the year. The nomination form for FRCAC Creative Activity Award can be obtained by Clicking here 

With reference to the stated criteria and in consultation with members of the academic discipline, the following materials are requested for consideration:

  1. Nomination Form - filled electronically and signed - Clicking here to download a template
  2. The form provides space for a short statement from the sponsors where they would summarize the nominee's creative contributions.  The completed forms should be sent as a single-PDF to
  3. THE NOMINATION FORM SHOULD BE ELECTRONICALLY TYPED BEFORE SIGNING.  Incomplete and hand-written forms will not be accepted.
  4. The FRCAC administration will inform the nominee within 4 days after receiving the properly filled nomination form.  .Once the nominee accepts the nomination, the sponsors will be notified for further action
    1. The sponsors must arrange for a minimum of 2 ference letters be sent directly to before the deadline
    2. The support letters must be typed on official letter head and scanned to PDF format.  The references must email their scanned letters of recommendations to
    3. There are restrictions on who can be a reference for the nominee - the references must be non-MTSU individuals who are familiar with the nominee's research but must not have worked with the nominee on the project for which the nomination has been made.
  5. The sponsors or the nominee can submit the following requirements for the FRCAC to judge their candidacy:
    1. Nominee's VItae- PDF preferred. 
    2. No more than three representative pieces of work (video, written materials, scores, etc.) - email to know how to send the pieces of work for review. 
    3. Documents and other types of media suitable for online sharing will be circulated among FRCAC through a shared-drive.  Other materials that are not compatible for online sharing will be stored in the Office of Research for committee review.  

The materials presented will be reviewed by the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee and the names and materials of athe finalists will be recommended to the Provost, who will make the final decision. In addition to a review of materials used in the initial screening, the committee may request additional information or a personal interview. The recipient(s) will be announced at the Annual Fall Faculty Meeting.

All nominations MUST be electronically submitted via email attachment to  Paper copies and hand-written forms WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.  

All nomination documents, including reference letters, must be received by the deadline listed above

The deadline for receiving all supporting documents in support of a nominee is for March 16, 2016 (5 PM CDT)



Recipients of the FRCAC Distinguished Creative Activities Award (previous five years)

Year Recipient(s)
2014-2015 NONE
2013 - 2014 Dr. Janis Brickey (Human Sciences)
2012-2013 Dr. Robert Wood (Recording Industry)
2011-2012 Dr. Claudia Barnett (English)
Dr. Raymond Thomas (Music)
2010-2011 Dr. Don Aliquo (School of Music)
2008-2009 Dr. Paul Osterfield (Music)

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