• Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee

Distinguished Creative Activity Award

Deadline For Nominations - February 12th, 2015


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 not designed 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.


The official nomination form must be completed and included. Nominations must be submitted by two faculty members within the discipline or closely allied fields. A faculty member may recommend no more than one nominee. Creative Activity NOMINATION FORM

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
  2. Statement from Nominee summarizing his/her creative activities and contributions.
  3. Nominee's Vita
  4. No more than three representative pieces of work (video, written materials, scores, etc.)
  5. Two letters of recommendation from individuals outside the university who are familiar with the nominee's research. These must be the ones names on the Nomination Form

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 should be electronically submitted via email attachment to frcac@mtsu.edu


Recipients of the MTSU Distinguished Creative Activities Award within the previous five years are:

2008-2009     Dr. Paul Osterfield (Music)

2010-2011     Dr. Don Aliquo (School of Music)

2011-2012     Dr. Claudia Barnett (English)

                      Dr. Raymond Thomas (Music)

2012-2013     Dr. Robert Wood (Recording Industry)

2013 - 2014    Dr. Janis Brickey (Human Sciences)