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                                                                             November 2022
Hello, members of the NEOMED faculty!

University Faculty Council is a faculty body to facilitate shared governance. Our work depends on effective and open communication. Please take a moment to review our website to learn about our membership, view dates of upcoming meetings, and review meeting minutes. Our website is at this link:

University Faculty Council is actively working on the issue of academic freedom. We have previously endorsed a statement on academic freedom that urges the development of language within our University bylaws to define academic freedom and describe the related rights and responsibilities of faculty and the University.

This month, our Council is seeking your input on this issue. The University Faculty Council Academic Freedom Task Force has drafted some suggested revisions to the University Bylaws that would incorporate the concept of academic freedom.

You may review the suggested revisions (in red) for the following Bylaws and relevant appendices:

AFTF Univ Fac Bylaws -9-27-2022 recommendations.doc
AFTF Appendix C -9-27-2022 recommendations.doc
AFTF Appendix E -9-27-2022 recommendations.doc

Please email me directly at with any questions or comments you may have about these suggested revisions.

We will be discussing this topic at our upcoming University Faculty Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6. All of our meetings are at 4 p.m. and are hybrid, with a Zoom or in-person option. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Thank you for your input on this important issue.


Natalie Bonfine, PhD
Chair, University Faculty Council
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All faculty are invited to attend the next University Faculty Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 4-5:30 p.m.
From the Office of the
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Final few days remaining to nominate deserving faculty members for the 2022 Junior Faculty Award, Liebelt-Wheeler Award for Faculty Excellence, and the Outstanding Faculty Research Award. 

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2022 AT 5 P.M.

Please don't miss this opportunity to recognize exemplary commitment and performance!
NEOMED faculty, staff, students, and colleagues may nominate qualified candidates for a faculty recognition award.
Nominations must include:
1)  a letter of nomination that provides evidence of and establishes the candidate's qualifications for the award
2)  nominee’s current curriculum vitae
3)  any other substantiating information

All nomination materials must be submitted by the nominator.
Self-nominations are welcome.
To submit your nomination, please email it to
Andrea Coard, Academic Affairs Specialist,
Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs,
at or mail to:
4209 State Route 44,
Rootstown, OH 44272.

Nominations must be submitted before:
5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022.

Please consider a faculty colleague
for the following awards:
The Junior Faculty Award honors a faculty member at the instructor or assistant professor level within the consortium who has demonstrated exemplary performance and has made a noteworthy contribution to the NEOMED community.

To be eligible, the nominee must meet the following requirements:
  • Hold a NEOMED faculty appointment for a minimum of two (2) years
  • Hold an instructor or assistant professor rank for fewer than seven (7) years from the date of his/her appointment at NEOMED through Dec. 31 of award year 2022 
This award will be presented to up to two (2) faculty. Areas of evaluation include, but are not limited to:
  • Teaching – freshness of content, capability to transmit information effectively, personal interest and engagement in the students’ education and development, and mentoring of others
  • Research and Scholarly Accomplishments – magnitude of contributions to his/her field of research interest (e.g., research, grants, publications, extra-mural awards, fellowships, mentoring, etc.)
  • Service- levels of service to NEOMED (e.g. contributions to institutional decision-making, administration of programming) and service outside of the institution (e.g. service to the community, professional practice, service to the profession and/or scholarly service) and service to the field (e.g., mentoring)
The Liebelt-Wheeler Award for Faculty Excellence honors a faculty member within the consortium who has demonstrated exemplary performance in the areas of teaching, service, professional standing, or patient care.

Areas of evaluation include, but are not limited to:
  • Teaching – current in content of information, capability to transmit information effectively, and personal interest in students’ learning
  • Service – administrative and committee services that promote the educational and scholarly programs of NEOMED
  • Professional Standing – invited memberships in honorary societies or post-doctoral experiences
  • Patient Care – demonstration of exemplary patient care, clinical skills, or mentoring
The Outstanding Faculty Research Award honors a NEOMED faculty member who is an outstanding researcher in his or her field. The award focuses on nationally and internationally recognized excellence and productivity in research and the individual recognized should have contributed substantively to his or her field of research interest. The nature of the research may be basic, translational, or clinically focused.

This award will be presented to up to two (2) faculty. To be eligible, the nominee must meet the following requirements:
  • Hold a NEOMED faculty appointment in the College of Medicine, Pharmacy, or Graduate Studies
  • Must have completed at least six (6) years of progressive engagement in research while associated with NEOMED.
From the University
From Faculty Enrichment
and Engagement
Welcome Ashley Stitzel!
We are excited to welcome Ashley Stitzel to the role of Program Coordinator in the Office of Faculty Enrichment and Engagement. Ashley will be supporting the FAME Research Track, the new Faculty Innovation-Research and Entrepreneurship (FIRE) program, and assisting with additional faculty development and faculty relations initiatives. Ashley may be reached via email at 
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