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Goodnight Early Career Innovator Award

Note: All internal due dates are currently based on an estimated university due date. If the actual university due date is sooner than the estimated date, internal due dates may need to be updated. Any changes to due dates will be communicated as quickly as possible.

10-3-23    Packages are due to department heads – contact your department head for what is required
10-31-23     Full packages are due to the Award Review Group – department heads submit nominations (up to 2) – nominees to email materials to Xiangwu Zhang
11-14-23   Award Review Group selects college nominations; all nominees are notified; comments and suggestions on packages are due to the college nominees
11-28-23    Final packages are due to the dean’s office – nominees to email them to the dean’s EA
12-12-23   Packages are due to the university – Dean’s EA will submit

Wilson College of Textiles Nomination Limit: 2

Award Review Group (all by position): Emiel DenHartog, Jeff Joines, Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Abdel-Fattah Seyam, Xiangwu Zhang

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Award Information
The Goodnight Early Career Innovators Award, established in 2021, supports early career faculty excellence and promotes retention of tenure-track assistant professors whose scholarship is in STEM or STEM education.

Selection Criteria
Nominees should show outstanding promise for future achievement and impact in STEM and STEM education. A strong nominee will have demonstrated superior scholarly achievement at an early career stage and will have a rigorous research agenda that speaks to the candidate’s potential to advance knowledge in STEM or STEM education. Evidence of early productivity in research and innovation may include a strong early record of scholarly publication or dissemination appropriate to the discipline (including co-authorship with leaders in their field, external funding, or recognition as an early career leader in their field (e.g. NSF or NIH pre- and post-doctoral awards).

Nominees must be tenure-track assistant professors at the time of application. Their scholarship must be clearly and substantively contributing to innovations and advancement in STEM or STEM education. No faculty member may be selected as a recipient more than once.