University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken has announced a new university-wide faculty award to be presented for the first time next spring. The Innovation, Development, and Entrepreneurship Award (IDEA) will complement the University of Nebraska’s highest awards for teaching and research, and will recognize faculty excellence in engagement and outreach.

IDEA will honor faculty members who extend their academic expertise beyond traditional boundaries of the university in ways that enrich the broader community. Faculty members will be honored for working with citizens, businesses, government and non-profit organizations, other educational institutions, communities, or regions to develop new ideas, technologies, programs, or businesses that strengthen the region or community economically, educationally or governmentally.

"We have a tradition of honoring excellence in research and teaching," Milliken said. "The university\'s engagement mission is critically important to Nebraska, and many faculty have a direct impact on the economic, cultural and educational growth of the state. This award will acknowledge excellence in their endeavors."

Potential areas of achievement include:

  • Development of research and technology that results in economic growth
  • Partnerships with the schools and communities that improve quality and access to education
  • Creation of new regional, national, or international partnerships across public and private sectors that foster economic growth
  • Initiatives that promote improved health, environment, and social services
  • Cultural activities that enrich the community’s understanding of the arts, letters, and history of the state, nation, and world
  • Service, research and consultation with government, social agencies, community organizations, and other civic or private groups working to build a better society
Up to two awards will be given each year for a sustained record of excellent accomplishments and documented impact in the creation of economic growth or partnerships with businesses, schools, or communities, commercialization of research and technology, or initiatives that improve social or cultural understanding.

Recipients will receive an award of $3,500, a presidential medallion, and a plaque. The award will be presented with the prestigious OTICA (Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award) and ORCA (Outstanding Research and Creative Activity) awards presented by the president each spring. These three awards are the highest faculty awards given by the university.

Contact:
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