Creative Research & Scholarship Awards

The Creative Research and Scholarship Awards were created to recognize the research achievements and contributions of Auburn University faculty through the presentation of two annual awards. These awards are presented to faculty who have distinguished themselves through research, scholarly works, and/or creative contributions to their fields.

Emerging Faculty Creative Research & Scholarship Awards

The Emerging Faculty Creative Research and Scholarship Awards recognize faculty, specifically at the level of Assistant Professor, who have demonstrated excellence in research, scholarly work, and creative contributions. This award recognizes two categories: sciences, medical sciences, engineering, and agriculture; and fine arts, liberal arts, architecture and design, business, and social and human sciences.

Congratulations to the 2023 Creative Research and Scholarship Award winners:

Eric Marcus Daowei Zhang

(from the left): Eric Marcus / Daowei Zhang


Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Agriculture

Daowei Zhang, Alumni and George W. Peake Jr. Professor / Associate Dean for Research, College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment

Daowei Zhang, Ph.D., is recognized for his 29 years of high-profile forest economics research at Auburn University. The author of more than 130 publications, including eight books, Zhang is internationally recognized for his innovative contributions to planted forest development at the global level. He has received more than $4.7 million in extramural research grants, and his 2021 book, From Backwoods to Boardrooms: The Rise of Institutional Investment in Timberland, received the 2022 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation. A fellow of the Society of American Foresters, Zhang has lectured around the world and has mentored 24 graduate students in forest economics and policy, including 16 Ph.D. students.

Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Architecture & Design, Business, Social and Human Sciences 

Eric Marcus, professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts

Eric Marcus, Ph.D., a member of Auburn’s faculty for 23 years, has received widespread acclaim for two groundbreaking books in the philosophical fields of human rationality, self-consciousness and inference. His most recent book—Belief, Inference, and the Self-Conscious Mind—was published in 2021 by Oxford University Press and has been described by peers as “transformative” and “the new gold standard” in its field. His previous book, Rational Causation, was published by Harvard University Press and is likewise considered highly influential. The American Society of Aesthetics awarded Marcus its Arthur Danto Prize for the Best Paper in Aesthetics in 2020.

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Important Dates:

Nomination period opens:  June 7, 2024

Nomination period closes:  September 20, 2024 at 4:45 p.m.

Awards Ceremony:  November 19, 2024

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