The Distinguished Author Award
Web Based/Social Media


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About this Award

The Distinguished Author Awards may be presented in three distinct categories:

  • To honor the author of a specific article or research paper that raises facility managers’ and/or the general public’s awareness of a subject important to the facility management profession and/or the built environment.
  • To honor the author and recognize the publisher of a book on current topic(s) relevant to facility management and/or the built environment or the the developer of instructional materials for facility management students and practitioners.
  • To honor the author of web and social media relevant to facility management.

The judging panel will consist of one IFMA staff member and four IFMA champions.

Eligibility:
Articles or papers must have been published in 2012, 2013 or 2014. Articles or papers must be in English or an English translation must be made available. Nominees may be facility management professionals, educators, researchers or professionals in other disciplines who have been associated with the facility management profession for at least five years but not necessarily as an IFMA member. Members of IFMA’s current board of directors and their companies or institutions are not eligible. An eligible author may win in more than one category in the same year. Submissions are to contain only one article or research paper. A nominee’s other publications may be listed in question 2, but are not to be included in the submission. Judges only rate one article or research paper per submission.

Criteria & Scoring

Judges score entries based on the following criteria and point guidance. Learn more »

  1. Provide background on the nominee and describe how this electronic media content contribution provides relevant and timely benefits to the facility management profession. (0-20 pts.)
  2. Describe the nominee's inspiration or intent in choosing the electronic/social media delivery medium to make public their observations, opinions and/or expertise. (We recommend that the nominee participate in preparing this explanation.)  (0-20 pts.)
  3. What demographic/audience for the authors electronic contributions or publications? How is the material made public (i.e. author website, commercial social media outlet, association or commercial services website, etc.)? List the internet URL address(s) where the authors contributions may be located. Does the author have statistical information on content distribution or audience reach (i.e. number of electronic document downloads, number of registered followers, number of website page hits, etc.)? Does the author have evidence of market recognition (i.e.  testimonials, "Likes", reference/referrals from other content provider sites, etc.)? ? (0-20 pts.)
  4. What facility management discipline, practice, technology or future is the author's primary area of focus? (0-20 points)
  5. How does the author's contribution leverage the power of contemporary Web 2.0 technology to engage and interact with their audience? Examples might include the ability to comment on author content, the ability to rate (or Like) the content/contributions, providing references/linkage to authoritative sources supporting the author's content, integration of audio and/or video content along with text commentary, or the ability for readers to add/contribute to the author's initial published content.(0-20 pts.)

Additional Information

Specific requirements for the Distinguished Author Award — Article or Research:

  • Nominator must be an IFMA member in good standing (dues current).
  • Article or research paper must have been published in 2012, 2013 or 2014..
  • Nominees may be facility management professionals, educators, researchers or professionals in other disciplines who have been associated with the facility management profession for at least five years.Chapter must be recertified for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.
  • Articles or papers must be in English or an English translation must be made available.

General Information

  • Nominations are scored on content only, not creative presentation of the submission.
  • The submission covers activities from May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.
  • Submission forms are PDF documents. Get Adobe Reader
  • Submission form information should be typed or computer-generated within the PDF form.
  • Please be sure to email the completed submission form and exhibit files as email attachments to awards@ifma.org.
  • Exhibits, such as booklets, pictures, are an important part of this submission.
  • All questions on the nomination form should be completed as requested.
  • Authorization should be made digitally on the PDF form.
  • Deadline for receipt of nomination to IFMA is May 12, 2014.