Call for applications for Susan Sutton Smith prize


Eligibility: All SUNY- Oneonta full-time, tenured faculty.


1. Recognition of academic excellence and scholarship.

2. Strengthen the relationship between SUNY Oneonta and the public community.

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).

Important dates:

Monday, March 11, 2019: Deadline to submit all application materials electronically to Written materials should be submitted as a single PDF.

Week of March 25, 2019: Successful applicant will be notified.

Evening of Tuesday, April 9, 2019: Successful applicant will give the Smith Lecture in Otsego Grille (7pm) – Reception will follow in Le Café, Morris Conference Center.

The Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is made possible by an endowment created by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, and in honor of her commitment to academic excellence. This annual event is also generously supported by the SUNY-Oneonta Fund for Oneonta.

At the evening lecture, students with outstanding GPA’s will receive awards funded by gifts to the Fund for Oneonta.

The selection committee includes the Provost, the Academic Deans, and members of the Academic Excellence Committee. The Academic Excellence Committee is comprised of past recipients of the Susan Sutton Smith Prize, Joseph Pignato (Chair), Florian Reyda and Matthew Hendley, as well as past recipients of the Richard Siegfried Prize, Kristin Blinne, William Walker and Tyra Olstad.