Call for applications for Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence

The Academic Excellence Committee has issued a call for applications for the annual Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence. All full-time, tenured SUNY Oneonta faculty members are eligible to apply for the $1,000 prize.

Monday, March 12, is the deadline to submit all application materials electronically to Written materials should be submitted as a single PDF. The successful applicant will be notified the week of March 26. See selection criteria and checklist of materials to submit below.

The winner of the award will give the Smith Lecture in Otsego Grille on April 10, with a reception to follow in Le Café, Morris Conference Center. At the evening lecture, students with outstanding GPAs will receive awards funded by gifts to the Fund for Oneonta.

The Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence is funded by a gift from Thomas and Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, and in honor of her commitment to academic excellence. The College at Oneonta Alumni Association’s Fund for Oneonta also supports this effort.

If you have any questions concerning the application, you may contact co-chairs of the AEC, Cynthia Falk at 547-2586 or or Joe Pignato, at X3463 or


Selection criteria:

1. Evidence of academic achievement, such as the publication of books or articles, grants for research or other scholarly endeavors, exhibits, presentations at conferences, creative achievements, performance events, or works in progress.

2. Evidence of ability to present a 45-minute lecture on a topic related to the applicant’s scholarly area of expertise that is appropriate for an audience of non-specialists.

Checklist of materials to submit:

1. Statement of up to 500 words regarding academic excellence.

2. Current vita which includes a list of published books, articles, chapters, creative activities, presentations, or other scholarly achievements.

3. A representative example of material listed above.

4. Title and abstract of proposed presentation, identifying subject, thesis/interpretation, mode (e.g., transparencies, slides, video, PowerPoint, demonstration), and relevance to an audience of non-specialists.

5. Two letters supporting your ability to give such a presentation to a general audience, at least one of which must be from an external (non-SUNY Oneonta) reviewer.

6. Audio/visual file of a past presentation or class lecture (optional).