The FACS awards and recognition program showcases faculty and staff successes surrounding learning, discovery, outreach and leadership in the college.

Nomination Process

Through a nomination process facilitated by the academic departments or units, including Extension Districts, awards packets are reviewed by members of the Faculty Advisory Committee, Staff Council and additional stakeholders following the criteria listed for each award. Some awards, not all, are supported by an endowment. Those endowed funds allow for a cash award in addition to the award plaque. Non-endowed award recipients receive only the plaque. All awardees are recognized at the annual Celebrating Excellence event, along with student scholarship and award recipients and donors or fund representatives of the endowments.

Unit Responsibilities

Each unit should have an awards committee and chair who promote all awards and facilitate the entire process, from the initial nomination process to completion of the awards packet, along with obtaining letters of support and vitae/resume to the appropriate entity by the deadline.  Units are encouraged to retain copies of awards submissions to accumulate a bank of awards packets to aide others in successful awards submissions.

Prestigious Awards

In addition to the college awards for faculty and staff, peers, supervisors and unit heads are encouraged to nominate faculty and staff for university and professional awards. The FACS departments reviewed the National Research Council lists of Highly Prestigious Awards and made recommendations for awards in the disciplines of the college but which are nationally highly prestigious and prestigious. The list of 61 awards, primarily in the social sciences, will augment the NRC list. A list of those prestigious and highly prestigious awards are provided for faculty of the departments of Foods and Nutrition, Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, Human Development and Family Science, and Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors. The FACS Plan to Enhance Prestigious External Faculty Awards is a resource for the college and units.

Publicity

Publicity of college award winners is orchestrated by the Dean’s Office. All departments and units are encouraged to inform the college’s Director of Communications of external and prestigious awards upon receipt to facilitate publicity. All award recipients are to be included in the department and unit’s Annual Report at the close of the calendar year.

Awards

Faculty: Teaching and Advising

Faculty and Staff: Outreach and Extension

Faculty: Research

Faculty and Staff Award: Diversity and Inclusion

Staff Awards

Graduate Student Award

Awards Table

These are tables with the basics of each award, divided by eligible audience: Faculty, Faculty and Staff, Staff, and Graduate Students.

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Faculty Awards Table

Teaching and Advising

Award

Rank & Eligibility

Recognizing

Prize

Nomination & Selection Process

Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Tenure-track & Non-Tenure track, all ranks

Superior quality and innovative approaches to course development and instructional methods; sustained teaching effectiveness shown by student evaluations and formal peer evaluation

$1,000 & plaque

Standard nomination packet & summary of student rating of courses taught during previous calendar year.

Nominations due Feb. 15.

Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Advisor Award

Tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty

Mastery of the advising process; accessibility, innovation & leadership in advising; exhibits a caring attitude; strong relationships with student advisees; dedication to professional development

Plaque

One page personal statement/philosophy on advising; 2-page vitae; nomination letter; comments of support from student surveys, exit interviews, letters & emails.

Nominations limited to 16 pages and due Jan. 15

Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award

Professional Advisor and New Advisor (first 3 years)

Mastery of the advising process; accessibility, innovation & leadership in advising; exhibits a caring attitude; strong relationships with student advisees; dedication to professional development

Plaque

Cover sheet; 2-page vitae; nomination letter; comments of support from student surveys, exit interviews, letters & emails.

Nominations limited to 16 pages and due Jan. 15

Outreach and Extension

Award

Rank & Eligibility Recognizing Price Nomination & Selection Process

Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Faculty Extension and Outreach Award

Tenure-track and non-tenure track, all ranks.

Superior quality and innovative approaches to program delivery; successful and sustained leadership in identifying and initiative programs targeted toward high priorities; effective communication of program results and impact; evidence of support through funding and partnerships.

$1,000 & plaque

Standard nomination packet & up to five examples of relevant support materials, limit of 8 pages total.

Nominations due Feb. 15.

Tom Rodgers Outreach County Agent Award

County agents & professional staff employed at least 3 years

Superior quality and innovative approaches to program delivery; successful and sustained leadership in identifying and initiative programs targeted toward high priorities; effective communication of program results and impact; evidence of support through funding and partnerships.

Cash award & plaque

Standard nomination packet, one from each Extension District & up to five examples of relevant support materials, limit of 8 pages.

Nominations due Feb. 15.

Outreach Paraprofessional Award

FACS paraprofessionals employed at least half-time for at least 1 year

Superior quality and innovative approaches to delivery program with maximum benefit to audience, community and stakeholders.

Commitment to program quality and enhancement of the reputation of the program, the program and area served.

Plaque

Standard nomination packet, one from each Extension District & up to five examples of relevant support materials, limit of 8 pages total.

Nominations due Feb. 15.

Chris Todd Outstanding Outreach Award

Any project or activity that is judged to be exceptionally creative and contributes to the scholarship of outreach and public service.

Demonstrated significant impact with tangible benefit to the community; promotes well-being, health and vitality of the community; enhanced opportunities for faculty, students and/or staff to participate in public service

Cash award & plaque

2-page summary, nominations letters, one internal one external; up to five examples of relevant support materials, limit of 8 pages.

Nominations due Feb. 15.

Research

Award Rank & Eligibility Recognizing Price Nomination & Selection Process

Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Research Faculty

Tenured member of the faculty; past recipients not eligible for re-nomination

Recognition of outstanding body of nationally and internationally recognized research by peers; high level of research productivity as evidenced by publications, grants, and mentoring of graduate students; positive contribution to college and/or campus-wide excellence

$1,000 & plaque

Standard nomination packet.

Nominations due Feb. 15.

Early Career Faculty Research Award

Tenure-track or tenured faculty with no more than 10 years of doctorate degree

Outstanding research  productivity; evidence of potential future success; positive contributions to college and/or campus-wide excellence

Plaque

Standard nomination packet.

Nominations due Feb. 15.

Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award

Tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty

Superior research mentorships with undergraduate students; strong research productivity

Plaque

Standard nomination packet.

Nominations due Feb. 15.

Faculty and Staff Award

Diversity and Inclusion

Award Rank & Eligibility Recognizing Price Nomination & Selection Process

Super-Includer Award

All faculty and staff of the college

Evidence and commitment to the spirit of inclusion and a supportive environment for all

Plaque

200 words or less describing how this faculty or staff member has gone above and beyond their formal duties in making the experiences of others in the college productive and positive. Nominations due Feb. 15.

Staff Awards

Award Rank & Eligibility Recognizing Price Nomination & Selection Process

Nettie Marie Nickols Outstanding Staff Award

All staff of the college with a minimum 1 year in FACS, 75% or greater appointment

Exemplary performance; adherence to high standards of work performance; commitment and loyalty to college and its constituents; unique contributions in support of teaching, research or outreach missons of the college

Cash award and plaque

Departments including administrative units of the college.

Nominations due Feb. 15.

Susan Hale Brooks Professional Development Staff Award

1 year in FACS; multiple staff may be funded each year depending on spending balance of Fund

High standards of work performance; innovation and creativity; congenial relationship for coworkers; commitment and loyalty to the college.

Funding for professional development

Candidate or supervisor can submit the request. Letter of written request, supporting letter from supervisor, supporting documents of professional development program with costs.

Due June 1.

Graduate Student Award

Award Rank & Eligibility Recognizing Price Nomination & Selection Process

Endsley-Peifer Student Research Award

Graduate student must have a peer reviewed, serial publication for dissemination of their research

Two cash awards. One for physical/biological science and one for behavioral/social science

Name of student and copy of peer reviewed publication.

Nominations due March 15.

Letters of Support

*Faculty Awards standard nomination packet is to include one (1) internal letter of nomination. Nomination letter detailing the nominee’s outstanding achievements in the areas of extension, outreach, or public service. The letter of support should draw attention to the significance of the individual’s work as it relates to the award criteria; one (1) external letter of support. This letter from someone outside the unit/department should be selected based on the logic of the award, e.g. student letter for teaching or advising award or mentoring research; alumni letter (former student); constituent or beneficiary for a public service and outreach and Extension award; peer or colleague researcher for research award; etc. The letter of support should draw attention to the significance of the individual’s work as it relates to the award criteria; and updated curriculum vitae (or resume)