MSU Distinguished Academic Staff Awards provide university-wide recognition and reward to outstanding individuals with careers demonstrating long-term excellence and exceptional contributions to Michigan State University. Eligibility for nomination requires a minimum of ten years of continuous MSU employment as an academic specialist or an MSU Extension academic staff member.
These awards recognize professionals who serve the University in advising, curriculum development, outreach, extension, research and teaching. Distinguished Academic Staff Awards are made to members of the academic staff who are appointed as Academic Specialists or Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) Academic Staff (faculty with extension supported appointments are not eligible for this award).
Up to four Distinguished Academic Staff Awards are given annually.
Awards will be granted according to the following criteria (not in order of importance):
- Evidence of excellence and widely recognized academic unit contributions in areas such as advising, curriculum development, outreach, extension, research, teaching and related administrative involvement with support from the University community.
- Evidence of innovative and creative contributions to individual or team membership efforts in areas such as advising, curriculum development, outreach, extension, research, teaching and related administrative involvement with support from the University community.
- Nominees shall represent the character and qualities of excellence reflective of MSU, including the application of diversity principles in the ongoing conduct of the nominee’s responsibilities.
There is no limit to the number of individuals who may be nominated from the College of Arts & Letters. This is the first step in initiating the nomination process for the MSU Distinguished Academic Staff Award. The College of Arts & Letters Award Committee will review all submissions. Once the nomination has been approved by the committee, you will then complete and assemble the nomination packet according to the All-University Awards requirements for the MSU Distinguished Academic Staff Award.
NOMINATOR STATEMENT (no more than 4 pages):
Please enclose a written statement summarizing the nominee’s continuous demonstration of excellence and that reflects a distinguished career as defined by the nominating criteria listed above in the description of the award (or on page 3).
Also, include pertinent information concerning the quality of performance, contributions to the unit and the academy, as well as the community outside of Michigan State University.
You may use evidence of scholarly activities, advising, public service, teaching, program development or enhancement, and any other pertinent information to substantiate demonstrations of excellence; also include any University, regional and/or national awards or recognition the nominee has received that demonstrate this.
Additionally, any pertinent information that demonstrates the nominee’s attainment of excellence will be considered.
The above is neither exhaustive nor restrictive, but rather representative.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 1, 2021.
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