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I recently received an unsolicited email from https://facultyawards.org. I tried Google to get a better sense of just what this group intends, but I couldn't find much insight. My question is simply this:

What is the origin of this group and do their awards carry any merit towards a typical promotion for faculty tenure, etc?

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I did not know this site either, but I'll be damned if what boils down to a popularity contest ("cast your votes for your peers") holds any relevance for tenure review or promotion. –  xLeitix Jul 14 at 20:14
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Buried deep in the web site is a description of a "high-quality leather-bound volume" for each discipline that they plan to produce and offer for sale. It's a typical "Who's Who" scam. –  JeffE Jul 14 at 20:20
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If it appears too good to be true... it usually isn't true. –  keshlam Jul 14 at 23:23
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What is the origin of this group

Nobody knows.

and do their awards carry any merit towards a typical promotion for faculty tenure or promotion?

No.

At least, I certainly hope not. Nobody in their right mind would trust an award of completely unknown provenance.

I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if everyone who signs up is selected for an award and then immediately offered a high-quality leather-bound archival book listing your achievements and those of other winners, all for the absurdly low price of $500, but only if you reply in the next fifteen seconds with your credit card information. See also "Who's Who".

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Yup, definite scam site. Avoid like the plague. –  RoboKaren Jul 15 at 2:56
    
Thank you for answering my question. I only hope this shows up on Google as prominently as the tripe the originators of the spam have plastered there. –  James S. Cook Jul 15 at 4:37
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