The Faculty Broader Impacts (BI) & Engagement Award



Coming in 2018/2019, The Faculty Broader Impacts & Engagement (BI&E) Award:  

The Faculty BI&E Award is for faculty at the University of Oklahoma who show and/or has a track record that demonstrates a commitment to high-quality broader impacts and engagement in their everyday professional lives.  


Broader Impacts (BI) defined: The conceptual definition of broader impacts is a process with stakeholders/people for achieving a specified goal that is societally beneficial in a finite amount of time that is measured (BICF Lexicon, 2014). This means that faculty's broader impacts can be achieved through research, teaching, service, etc., to benefit any aspect of society. There are (5) structures/aspects of broader impacts that ensure successful BI. They are BI Identity, outcomes, outputs, activities, and inputs. Utilizing the BI conceptual definition along with the BI (5) strucutres leads to the achievement of high-quality broader impacts. The achievement of high-quality broader impacts has the highest potential to generate sustainable beneficial impacts (BICF, 2014).


Basic items needed before faculty can apply or be nominated for the award:

  1. Have one's Broader Impacts Identity (BII) detailed on their webpage or website. If a website has not been developed, OU Create, facilitated through the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is a great mechanism to build a faculty website. BI identity in general is who you are and how you plan to engage and benefit others by leaving a legacy through your research, teaching, occupation, and/or service. Please contact Dr. Michael Thompson for how to develop a BI Identity canvas.
  2. Have evidence of actively accomplishing your BI Identity and broader impacts. Must have a spreadsheet that list respective inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes with ways you are evaluating your success.
  3. Evidence that you are an University of Oklahoma faculty and provide a statement that if awarded you will serve on the award nomination committee.


*Full description will be provided at a later date. Please contact Dr. Michael Thompson, Director of Broader Impacts in Research (BIR),, for further details and/or requests.