Several years ago, the late Dr. Norman Stearns and Irma Mann Stearns '67 established a distinguished faculty award in their name to honor a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member in recognition of outstanding scholarly or creative achievement. A $3,000 award is presented annually to at least one applicant. This funding may be used to enhance an ongoing project or for the development of a new scholarly or creative endeavor. In accordance with the family’s wishes, travel is strongly encouraged to be a part of the project activity.
Key Due Dates
- Pre-Application Notification Due: March 11, 2024
- Final Applications due to ORCS: April 11, 2024
- FDRC Recommendations submitted to Provost: By April 22, 2024
- Applicants Notified of Funding Decision: By May 17, 2024
Current Mann Stearns awardees must utilize their funds between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024
Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply for the Mann Stearns Distinguished Faculty Award.
In evaluating proposals, the Faculty Development and Research Council (FDRC) will consider:
- The applicant’s scholarly or creative achievement(s);
- The quality, merits, feasibility, of the project for which the award funds will be used;
- The inclusion of travel as a necessary component of the project; and
- Publications, audio/video samples, or other supporting material.
If you intend to apply for a Mann Stearns Award, you must first submit a Pre-Application Notification email to ORCS by March 11, 2024. The body of the email should include a summary (1-2 paragraphs) of your proposed project, and a brief description of how you would use the $3,000 award. After you have submitted your notification, you will be sent the link for the Mann Stearns application form (see “Application Instructions” below).
All applications will be reviewed by the Faculty Development and Research Council (FDRC), and with input from department Chairs, school Deans, and Academic Affairs. The FDRC will make the final recommendations to the Provost for funding. The Provost’s selections are final.
|February 23, 2024||Norman & Irma Mann Stearns Distinguished Faculty Award is announced.|
|March 11, 2024||eric_asetta [at] emerson.edu (Pre-Application Notification Email due to ORCS.)|
|April 11, 2024||Applications due via Google Forms.|
|By April 22, 2024||The FDRC will evaluate all proposals and make recommendations to the Provost for funding.|
|By May 3, 2024||The Provost, in consideration of the recommendations provided by the FDRC, along with feedback from Department Chairs and School Deans, will make final selections|
|By May 17, 2024||Recipient(s) are notified that they are receiving the award.|
|July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025||Grant Period|
|June 15, 2025||Receipts for expenditures needing reimbursement must be submitted via Workday by this date.|
After you have submitted your pre-approval, you will be sent the link for the Mann Stearns application form. After you submit your proposal, you will receive a copy of your responses via email, and will have until April 11, 2024, to make any changes.
Applicants may include supplemental materials (publications, PDFs, media) that support their proposals with their submissions.
In addition to the application form and supplemental materials, a two-page curriculum vita should be included with each submission.
Final Progress Report Requirement
A final written report is not required, but the successful applicant is expected to meet with members of the Mann Stearns family and other members of Emerson College to discuss the final outcome and deliverables.