SEAS Faculty & Staff Award Descriptions and Criteria

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences recognizes faculty and staff excellence through an awards program. Recipients are nominated by fellow faculty/staff and vetted by the SEAS Faculty Awards Committee or the SEAS Staff Awards Committee. 

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Faculty Awards

SEAS for JEDI Best Teaching Early Career Researcher Early Career Teacher Senior Researcher Senior Teacher

Senior Researcher of the Year Award


This award is presented to senior faculty member(s) whose recent research demonstrates relevance and importance to the overall mission of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Eligible awardees must be full-time members of one of the School's departments/units and they must be at the Associate or Full Professor level, and must have been at UB for at least 5 years. The award recognizes outstanding performance during the past 5 years. A recipient may receive the award multiple times, but not more than once in 5 years. A maximum of two awards will be made each year. Individuals who have received the UB Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement, or the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities are not eligible for this award. UB Distinguished Award recipients and those holding the SUNY Distinguished Professor rank are also not eligible for this award. 


Each Chair may nominate up to three persons from his/her department for this award. A cover letter from the chair (maximum 1 page) and recent CV (maximum 3 pages) must accompany the nomination, together with a citation paragraph which states succinctly why the individual being nominated is worthy of the award. Applications shall be considered by the SEAS Awards Committee. The nominee's name (with nomination materials) will be forwarded to the Dean for final approval.


This award recognizes an outstanding senior researcher in the school whose recent work (last 5 years) has made significant contributions to his or her field while at UB. The researcher’s scholarship may have garnered public and/or professional accolades beyond the norm for other bodies of work in his or her research area or may reflect a sustained record of external grant funding at the national or international level.

Deadline: February 1

Staff Awards


Nominees may be individuals or teams. With supportive examples, describe why and how the nominee(s) demonstrate(s) excellence in relation to the award criteria. Please submit a document that addresses the following:

  1. Nominee(s) Name(s), Department(s), Job Title(s), Supervisor Name(s)
  2. Nominator (can be staff or faculty) Name(s), Department(s), Title(s)
  3. Duration of time you have worked with nominee(s)
  4. Describe how the nominee(s) demonstrates excellence in relation to the award criteria. (maximum 2 pages)
  5. Nominee(s) may be full or part time (minimum .5 FTE), from any classification, and any paid entity.
  6. No re-nomination for a minimum of 3 years for any award category for all prior awardees.
  7. Email Shannon Phillips ( to alert her that you plan to nominate a colleague(s), and cc the nominee’s supervisor. 
  8. Nominations are uploaded to a secure Box folder. 

Deadline for all
Staff Awards:
February 16th

SEAS for JEDI Dean's Award Rising Star Excellence in Student Support Outstanding Leadership

SEAS for JEDI Staff Award


This award recognizes faculty and staff members who are outstanding advocates for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in SEAS. (A maximum of two awards will be made each year.)


Efforts may include the following:

  • Collaboration with colleagues in SEAS, across campus or beyond
  • Leadership in identifying and dismantling barriers to JEDI for students, faculty, or staff in SEAS
  • Innovations that advance JEDI in SEAS
  • Modeling a culture of inclusion and belonging through one’s own professional interactions and relationships
  • The creation of a project, initiative or program that supports and uplifts marginalized SEAS students, faculty, or staff

Note: Colleagues who do diversity work as part of their professional responsibility are eligible to be nominated. However, nominators must detail how nominees have exceeded expectations in relation to the award criteria as well as how they have gone over and above their professional responsibility to advance JEDI in SEAS.