Faculty Excellence Awards
The faculty in the College of Education at Washington State University have established the College of Education Faculty Excellence Awards in order to recognize truly outstanding accomplishments and exceptional individual scholastic achievements. The awards are designed to honor faculty members who demonstrate the highest levels of leadership, performance, and excellence in the pursuit of the college’s academic and professional goals and, thereby, the fulfillment of its mission.
Nominations for the awards are solicited annually. These categories are:
- Faculty Excellence in Teaching
- Faculty Excellence in Research
- Faculty Excellence in Service
- Faculty Excellence in Diversity
The selection committee, appointed by the College of Education Faculty Affairs Committee (CEFAC), may elect to give a combination of awards to a faculty member or not to give an award.
All regularly appointed members of the College of Education faculty (half time or greater) at the time of the nomination are eligible for this award.
An eligible person can be nominated by any member of the College of Education faculty or any person with an in-depth knowledge of the activities of the person. Self-nominations may be made.
Each nominator is responsible for submitting to the dean’s office, by March 8, a complete two-page nomination form and a curriculum vita of the nominee, and other materials deemed useful in supporting the nominee’s contributions and achievements.
Information required for finalists
- A brief description of the nominee’s work in the College of Education relative to the award.
- An interpretive evaluation of the nominee’s contribution in relation to the award, including a summary of major accomplishments and evidence of impact on the nominee’s field. An assessment of the role of collaborators such as graduate students and co-workers should be included.
- A list of invited addresses and other honors related to the nominee’s contribution.
- A selected bibliography; appropriate descriptions of artistic and other creative works; or other documentary items relevant to the award. One copy each of especially significant papers, books, monographs, or book reviews may be submitted at the discretion of the nominator.
The selection committee for the awards will be appointed by the College of Education Faculty Affairs Committee (CEFAC). The committee will be comprised of four faculty members, two from each of the two departments in the college as well as the associate dean for academic affairs. Of the two members from each department, one will be from Pullman and one from a regional campus. The selection committee will review all nominations for the award and select the award recipients.
Presentation of awards
Each award, consisting of a medallion, a certificate and letter of recognition from the dean of the college and the chair of the college of Education Faculty Affairs Committee, and a $750 cash award will be presented by the dean at an appropriate event as a way of recognizing the contribution of the recipient and of reaffirming the college’s dedication to excellence in its activities. The name and award of each recipient will be placed on a plaque that will be prominently displayed in the College of Education.
Descriptions of individual awards
Purpose: The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward faculty who have made significant contributions for promoting diversity, broadly conceived, as an essential component of the college’s quest for excellence.
Criteria: Successful nominees should have taken a leadership role beyond the expectations of their position to:
- Demonstrate efforts to bring change on issues regarding diversity within his/her academic unit, campus, or community.
- Demonstrate via scholarship or other substantive contributions a commitment to diversity.
- Demonstrate a commitment to promoting access, equity, and success for all people embraced by the mission of the College of Education.
- Demonstrate the use of diversity to generate shifts in knowledge and perspective and develop a more vibrant college culture.
Purpose: The College of Education Faculty Excellence Award for Research is presented to members of the faculty in the College in recognition of excellence and outstanding accomplishment in research, scholarship, or other types of creative activity.
Criteria: This award will be given for a research or creative contribution completed as a member of the College of Education at Washington State University. Activities encompassed by this award may be empirical, theoretical, and/or artistic. They may be either an outstanding singular accomplishment or a record of excellence over a period of years which may include:
- A novel or creative contribution.
- A contribution with a significant impact on the field.
- A contribution recognized through honors or stature in the field
Purpose: The intent of the College of Education Faculty Excellence Award for Service is to recognize the outstanding performance by a College of Education faculty member toward fulfilling the College’s service mission. The award serves to honor exceptional accomplishments through activities directed toward extending instruction, research, and other resources to a broader public both within and beyond the college and university.
Criteria: Activities encompassed by this award are either an outstanding singular accomplishment or a collective record of excellence in service which has a major impact on the College of Education, the University, the discipline or the community. Contributions may include:
- Developing successful new ideas for extended university services and activities.
- Revitalizing an existing service program.
- Bridging the gap between college-based resources and the public.
- Enhancing the public’s appreciation of the College of Education within and beyond the university.
Purpose: The College of Education Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching is presented to members of the faculty in recognition of truly outstanding accomplishment in the establishment of excellence in the instructional programs of the College of Education.
Criteria: Activities encompassed by this award may be either an outstanding singular accomplishment or a record of excellence over a period of years which may include:
- Curriculum and course development.
- Innovation and originality.
- Enthusiasm for and in teaching.
- Interest in, care and concern for, and availability to students.
- Range of teaching performance, undergraduate, graduate, peer, and professional.
- Duration of demonstrated excellence.
- Evidence of high quality/effective/impacting course instruction.