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    SEC Faculty Achievement Award Background Information

    SEC Faculty Achievement Award Backgrounder (PDF)

    -- Established by the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Presidents and Chancellors and administered by the SEC Provosts, the SEC Faculty Achievement and SEC Professor of the Year Awards recognize professors within the SEC for their accomplishments, scholarly contributions and discoveries.

    -- To be eligible for an SEC Faculty Achievement and SEC Professor of the Year Award, an individual must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor at an SEC university; have a record of extraordinary teaching; and have a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.

    -- SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners, one from each of the SEC’s fourteen (14) member universities, will receive a $5,000 honorarium and become their university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award.

    -- The SEC Professor of the Year Award winner receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized at the annual SEC awards dinner in Destin, Florida, and the SEC Symposium in Atlanta.

    -- The SEC Faculty Achievement and SEC Professor of the Year Awards were first presented in 2012. And the SEC is believed to be the first Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) conference to honor faculty for their achievements in research and scholarship, completely unrelated to athletics or student-athletes.

    -- The SEC Faculty Achievement and SEC Professor of the Year Awards are both part of a set of non-athletically related programs and activities the Southeastern Conference has undertaken through its SECU Academic Initiative. For more information about SECU, contact Torie Johnson at tjohnson@sec.org.

    -- The member universities of the Southeastern Conference are: University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), Auburn University (Auburn, Ala.), University of Florida (Gainesville), University of Georgia (Athens), University of Kentucky (Lexington), Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge), University of Mississippi [Ole Miss] (Oxford), Mississippi State University (Starkville), University of Missouri (Columbia), University of South Carolina (Columbia), University of Tennessee (Knoxville), Texas A&M University (College Station) and Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.).