Provost's Early Career Scholars Program

Provost's Early Career Scholars Program

The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the Provost's Early Career Scholars Program and its inaugural cohort.

The Provost's Early Career Scholars Program is designed to attract, recruit and retain the highest caliber early-career faculty. Open to all disciplines, this program demonstrates Ohio State’s commitment to academic excellence.

Program Overview

Upon entry to the program, Scholars become part of a multidisciplinary cohort and will take part in dedicated activities focused on research and scholarship, participate in social programming, and interact with university leaders and administrators. In addition, each Scholar will receive a named professorship for the first five years of their appointment, annual research funding and a year to devote to their scholarship in which they are released from regular duties.

    Call for nominations

    Background

    The Provost’s Early Career Scholars Program is designed to attract and retain outstanding early career scholars. The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) manages this competitive and sought-after program. Deans will nominate individuals who are being recruited to tenure track assistant professor faculty positions whom they consider to be of exceptional promise. Nominees will be considered by a selection committee of senior faculty.

    Successful Provost’s Early Career Scholars will receive:

    • A Provost's Early Career Scholar professorship for the first five years of their career
    • A $50K annual stipend to be used for research support, start-up costs, and/or to invite collaborators to campus.
    • One year devoted to research and scholarship that includes a release from teaching and service duties
    • Participation in the Early Career Scholars multi-disciplinary cohort, which will include social and professional development events

    2023-24 Competition

    The program will seek up to eight (8) scholars for the 2023-2024 academic year. Scholars will be nominated by their dean. The nomination will need to make a clear case why the scholar is outstanding and a rising star in their field. Beginning with the 2023-2024 cycle, only early career faculty candidates being recruited to Ohio State will be considered for the program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting immediately.

    Nomination Process

    Nominating units will determine their own processes for selecting nominees, but candidates should be evaluated by faculty who themselves possess distinguished academic records.  The materials are submitted to OAA after the letter of offer is extended to the candidate. The nomination must be kept confidential.

    To ensure consideration of the nomination, the following information must be submitted, using “Provost's Early Career Scholars Program” in the subject line, to facultyaffairs@osu.edu.

    • A cover sheet including the following:
      • Candidate’s name
      • College/Division/Unit making the nomination
      • Degrees held: institution, degree, and date
      • Position(s) held since PhD
    • Nomination letter from the dean (up to 2,000 words)
      • Include an assessment of the candidate’s work and promise; explain the rationale for the nomination (e.g., creativity, shaping future direction); what specific contributions the candidate will bring to the college and university
    • Candidate’s curriculum vitae
    • Candidate’s cover letter or statement of scholarship (if available)
    • One sample publication (preferably in a leading venue as applies)
    • Three external letters of recommendation from appointment packet

    Nominations should be submitted as a single PDF file.

    2022 Provost's Early Career Scholars

    Assistant Professor (beginning 2023)
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Chinyere Agbai

    Assistant Professor
    College of Nursing

    Christina Dyar

    Assistant Professor
    Fisher College of Business

    Hun Lee

    Assistant Professor
    College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

    Horacio Lopez-Nicora

    Assistant Professor
    College of Public Health

    Ashleigh LoVette

    Assistant Professor
    College of Public Health

    Parvati Singh

    Assistant Professor
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Brian Skinner

    Assistant Professor & Seth Andre Myers Professor
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Lydia Walker

    The Provost Early Career Scholars Program is designed to attract, recruit and retain the highest caliber early-career faculty. Open to all disciplines, this program demonstrates Ohio State’s commitment to academic excellence.

    Upon entry to the program, scholars will receive research funding, become part of a multi-disciplinary cohort, and participate in dedicated programmatic activities offered by OAA to support their research and scholarship efforts, and to assist with their long-term career success at Ohio State. 

    Specific benefits include:

    • $50,000 per year for five years, or until promotion to associate professor (whichever is first) of support from OAA to be used for research, start-up costs, and/or to invite collaborators to campus. 
    • Holding the Provost's Early Career Scholar professorship for the first five years of the scholar’s appointment.
    • A year devoted to research and scholarship (releasing the scholar from instruction and service duties; mentoring graduate students will continue).
    • Participation in the scholar’s cohort, which will include social and professional development events focused on research and scholarship.

    Candidates are confidentially nominated by their dean, who submits a rationale for why the candidate is outstanding and a rising star in their field. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates must have a PhD or terminal degree in hand at the time of nomination. There are many measures of excellence, however, having a competing offer from a peer institution is a compelling measure. Nominations will be assessed by a faculty committee which will make a recommendation to the Office of Academic Affairs. The award is communicated to candidates by OAA following the departmental offer of hire.

    Beginning with the 2023-2024 cycle, only early career faculty candidates being recruited to Ohio State will be considered for the program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting immediately.

    To ensure consideration of the nomination, and before an offer is made, deans are to submit the following information, using “Provost's Early Career Scholars Program” in the subject line, to facultyaffairs@osu.edu as soon as a final candidate has been identified.

    • a cover sheet including the following:
      • candidate’s name
      • college/Division/Unit making the nomination
      • degrees held: institution, degree, and date
      • position(s) held since PhD
    • nomination letter from the dean (up to 2,000 words)
      • include an assessment of the candidate’s work and promise; explain the rationale for the nomination (e.g., creativity, shaping future direction); what specific contributions the candidate will bring to the college and university
    • candidate’s curriculum vitae
    • candidate’s cover letter or statement of scholarship (if available)
    • one sample publication (preferably in a leading venue as applies)
    • three external letters of recommendation from appointment packet

    Nominations should be submitted as a single PDF file.

    Per Faculty Rule 3335-6-03, appointments on the tenure track are probationary until the sixth-year review with required annual reviews.

    The program

    • a Provost's Early Career Scholars professorship for the first five years of their Ohio State career
    • a contribution from OAA for five years, or until promotion to associate professor (whichever comes first), to be used for research support, start-up costs, and/or to invite collaborators to campus
    • a year devoted to scholarship (releasing the Scholar from instruction and service duties; mentoring graduate students will continue)
    • participation in a multidisciplinary cohort of Scholars, which will include social and professional development events focused on research and scholarship

    Additional funding for research and professional development and all funding towards annual salary and benefits will be the responsibility of the tenure initiating unit. As with all faculty, units are to provide appropriate arrangements for space and other necessary resources, including all technology. Scholars can and should be encouraged to pursue their own lines of research.

    Beginning with the 2023-2024 cycle, only early career faculty candidates being recruited to Ohio State will be considered for the program.

    Approximately eight scholars will be named each year, and the Early Career Scholars Program will include no more than 40 scholars at any time.

    Other than limiting the program to new faculty to the university, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis during each academic year with scholars being nominated by their dean, who, before an offer is made, presents to OAA why the scholar is outstanding and is a rising scholar in their field. 

    The program is designed to attract the highest caliber early-career faculty candidates from all disciplines who are considered rising scholars with exceptional promise in their respective fields (e.g., creativity, shaping future direction). There are many measures of excellence, however, having a competing offer from a peer institution may be a compelling measure. Candidates must have a PhD or terminal degree in hand at the time of nomination.

    The $50,000 annual research contribution from OAA will be provided to the Scholar at the beginning of their start date and near their anniversary date thereafter. Any unspent funds remain with the Scholar and can be rolled over to the following academic year.  

    Scholars are to use the funding for research support, start-up costs, and/or to invite collaborators to campus. It is not to be used for salary, housing, or other personal uses, or for items unrelated to research and scholarship.