In 1994, The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) established an Outstanding Scholar Award. In May 1998, it was renamed the Donald W. Sink Outstanding Scholar Award. Dr. Sink served as the Dean of the College from 1991 to 1998 and was a professor in the Department of Chemistry. The award honors the tenured faculty member in CAS who has made outstanding scholarly contributions throughout his/her career.
Outstanding tenured faculty (including emerita) with at least two full years of employment in CAS and a history of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to the faculty member's academic field. Nominees must have assumed a standard teaching and service load for the majority of their career.
The award will carry the following recognition:
- Up to $1,000 to apply toward research endeavors including research-related travel (All equipment remains property of ASU)
- Medallion and certificate presented at the fall CAS Awards Luncheon
All faculty, as well as outside experts in the academic discipline, are eligible to submit nominations. (No self-nominations).
To nominate a faculty member for this award, please complete the nomination form and submit it to CAS Selection Committee. Nominations should describe the accomplishments of the nominee that demonstrate scholarly excellence in the discipline over the course of his/her career. In particular, reference should be made to the impact of the nominee's contributions to his/her academic field and/or the community of scholars at ASU.
Once nominated, CAS will contact the nominee for additional materials including:
- A cover letter describing how the nominee feels he/she is deserving of the award, discussing career accomplishments and the impact of scholarly contributions to the discipline in a language understandable to colleagues from a wide array of disciplines.
- An updated curriculum vita emphasizing contributions made to his/her discipline.
- Two examples of primary scholarly products.
- Two letters of support (internal or external).
Selection of Awardee
The Sink Award Committee reviews the applications and makes a recommendation to the Dean of CAS. The Committee consists of five members of CAS faculty. At least one member is chosen from each of the following areas: mathematics/natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Procedures and Deadlines
Deadline for nominations is August 31. The Committee will begin review of applications at the beginning of the fall semester.
Pervious Award Winners
- Richard Gray (2017-2018)
- Kim Hall (2016-2017)
- Jari Eloranta (2015-2016)
- Andrew Heckert (2014-2015)
- Martha McCaughey (2013-2014)
- Michael Krenn (2012-2013)
- Howard Neufeld (2011-2012)
- Robert Creed (2010-2011)
- Cheryl Claassen (2009-2010)
- Michael Wade (2008-2009)
- Thomas McLaughlin (2007-2008)
- Matthew Robinson (2006-2007)
- William Hutchins (2005-2006)
- Alan Hauser (2004-2005)
- Tim Silver (2003-2004)
- William Brewer (2002-2003)
- James Winders (2001-2002)
- Jeffrey Bortz (2000-2001)
- Peter Soulé (1999-2000)
- Ellen Cowan (1998-1999)
- Joel Thompson (1997-1998)
- Susan Keefe (1996-1997)
- Edwin T. Arnold (1995-1996)
- Frank McKinney (1994-1995)