Scholarly Achievement Awards

Purpose: The purpose of this award is to recognize the involvement of faculty members in scholarly pursuits.

The focus of the Award for Scholarship is on the 'Scholarship of Discovery,' 'Scholarship of Practice' and 'Scholarship of Integration' as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in the Position Statement on Defining Scholarship for the Discipline of Nursing. The following definition and standards are quoted from this position statement.

Scholarship in nursing can be defined as those activities that systematically advance the teaching, research and practice of nursing through rigorous inquiry that is significant to the profession, is creative, can be documented, can be replicated or elaborated and can be peer-reviewed through various methods. This definition is applied in the following standards that describe scholarship in nursing.

Standards: The scholarship of discovery is inquiry that produces the disciplinary and professional knowledge that is at the very heart of academic pursuits (Boyer, 1990). Within nursing, the scholarship of discovery reflects the unique perspective of nursing that "takes an expanded view of health by emphasizing health promotion, restoration and rehabilitation, as well as a commitment to caring and comfort," (AACN, 1998, p.1). The scholarship of discovery takes the form of primary empirical research, historical research, theory development and testing, methodological studies and philosophical inquiry and analysis. It increasingly is interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature, across professional groups and within nursing itself.

Eligibility: The award is open to all nursing faculty who teach at Avila University, Research College of Nursing/Rockhurst University or William Jewell College. Faculty members will be eligible for the award once every two years. These awards will be given to faculty member’s who have made a positive difference in scholarly activities and includes a $1,000 honorarium. The Nursing Program Administrator, Nursing Dean and/or the appropriate committee should nominate and recommend the recipient of the award. The Nursing Program Administrator, Nursing Dean and/or appropriate committee invites all teaching faculty to submit nominations for the annual Scholarly Achievement Award. Faculty members may also self-nominate.

Deadline: Nomination materials must be submitted to the Nursing Program Administrator, Nursing Dean and/or appropriate committee by November 1. The Nursing Program Administrator or Nursing Dean must forward their final recommendation to The Research Foundation and it must be received by January 1.

Process for nomination:

  • Completed Scholarly Achievement Award application form.
  • A short essay from the nominee that describes how the they meet at least one of the three standards (discovery, practice, integrative)of scholarship in nursing (no more than one typed page).
  • Copy of the scholarly work (peer-reviewed publications of research, policy analysis, case studies, integrative reviews of the literature and others; copyrights, licenses, patents or products for sale; published books; positive peer evaluations of contributions to integrative scholarship; reports of interdisciplinary programs or service projects; interdisciplinary grant awards; presentations or policy papers designed to influence organizations or governments).
  • Curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Letter of support from a peer.
  • Criteria for Candidacy:

  • Research and presentation/publication must be completed during the year immediately preceding that in which the award is given.
  • Only one award will be given for any one project; subsequent nominations must be for substantially different projects.
  • Faculty members will be eligible for the award only once every two years.
  • Nominate now.

    Send completed application materials to (official transcripts must be sent from university or college):

    The Research Foundation
    2316 E. Meyer Blvd.
    Kansas City, MO 64132