Norman and Irma Mann Stearns Distinguished Faculty Award

Internal Pre-Approval Form

Please submit your Internal Funding Proposal - Pre-Approval form to in the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship by the May 7, 2016 deadline outlined in the calendar.


Several years ago, Dr. Norman Stearns and Irma Mann Stearns 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 one applicant. This funding may be used to enhance an ongoing project or for the development of a new scholarly or creative endeavor. Travel is strongly encouraged as part of the project.


In evaluating proposals, the committee 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; and
  • publications, DVDs, or other supporting material.

Review Process

All online applications will be reviewed by the Faculty Development and Research Council (FDRC), augmented by a part-time faculty member, and with input from department Chairs, school Deans, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs regarding feasibility based on department, school, and college resources. Applicants will need to fill out and submit a pre-approval form before the application deadline in order to identify and define the proposal’s impact on workload and College resources.  The FDRC will make the final recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for funding.

FY2017 Calendar

March 30, 2016 Application period
May 7 Internal Pre-Approval Form due to
May 21 Online application deadline
September 2015 Award will be announced
September 30, 2016 - June 30, 2017 Grant Period
July 15, 2017 Receipts for expenditures needing reimbursement must be turned in by this date to be honored.

Application Instructions

  1. Eligible faculty members can access the online application through eCampus by going to and logging in using their Emerson username and password.
  2. Applicants should select the Mann Stearns FY2017 to access the application 
  3. Applicants can fill out the application, save, and return to finish at any time until the application deadline.
  4. You may upload supplemental materials (publications, PDFs, media) to the online application that supports the proposal. 

Final Progress Report Requirement

A final written report is not required, but the successful applicant is expected to meet with Irma Mann Stearns and other members of Emerson College to discuss the final outcome and deliverables.