Faculty & Staff Awards

Celebration of Excellence

In an effort to centralize the majority of faculty/staff awards previously presented at separate events such as Convocation* (Fall), Provost and Faculty Senate Awards Ceremony (Spring), and the Employee Recognition Ceremony (Spring), and to create a more cohesive and inclusive celebration of all Western employees, a new awards event, the “Celebration of Excellence,” will be held annually in the late spring. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the June 5, 2020 awards ceremony and reception has been postponed until October, 2020. More information will be provided as soon as the new event date is confirmed. 

This event will include an awards ceremony to present all of the faculty and staff awards listed below, followed by a reception to bring Western employees together to celebrate collectively. In addition to the awards presentations, employees reaching service milestones (recognition begins with the fifth year of continuous employment at WWU, and every five years after that) will receive their years of service pins and other individual and group honors will be showcased.

*Convocation will still be held at the start of each academic year, it will just no longer include an employee awards portion.

Please click on the arrow next to each award for more information on the award, nomination details, and links to the appropriate college or department that manages the award and nomination process.

Arlan Norman Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring [Nominations closed]

Description

The Arlan Norman Award for Excellence recognizes a faculty member in the College of Science and Engineering for excellence in mentoring student research. The financial award goes to the student(s) of the faculty member’s in the form of a stipend plus additional funds for supplies to support the student recipient’s summer research.

The award will be given for excellence shown by a faculty member in either graduate or undergraduate student mentoring, with preference given to graduate student mentoring. The faculty awardee will have a demonstrated record of mentoring student research as evidenced by student co-authored conference presentations, student co-authored peer reviewed publications in high quality journals and proceedings, and other evidence of student success such as research awards, fellowships, etc. The faculty awardee will select a student from their research group (preferably a graduate student) to receive the funds for research associated with this award based upon a demonstrated merit and outstanding promise in research.

The Fund’s distribution may be used to pay any costs related to educational expenses, including, but not limited to, tuition, books, materials/supplies, summer research support or conference presentation attendance and travel, etc. The expenditures will be the responsibility of Western Washington University, acting through the designee of the President of the University.

Award/Recognition

The award recipient will be presented with a Western medallion award at the Celebration of Excellence Awards in June. Funds are provided to the student in the form of a summer stipend.

Award administration

College of Science & Engineering

Nomination Process

Nominations will be made by the Department Chairs or Program Directors each fall quarter with the award being presented at the Celebration of Excellence Awards in June. Awardee selection will be in accordance with an approved process by the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering and the Dean of the Graduate School. Nominations are currently closed for this award.

Additional Information

Arlan Norman Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring (CSE)

Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award [Nominations closed]

Description

The Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award is made annually to a student, staff or faculty member who has created bridges and forged new paths that others may follow and build upon in turn.  During his twenty-five years working at Western as a professor and administrator, Carl H. Simpson was a man dedicated to bridging intellectual, interpersonal and administrative worlds.  With kindness, enthusiasm and creativity, he sought to unite divisions within academia, faculty, staff, students and administrative campus life.  Carl helped people come together and facilitated creative process in a variety of settings.  He acknowledged people’s strengths and encouraged them to trust themselves, helping people find and give their best.

The Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award is intended to benefit a WWU student, staff, or faculty member who has demonstrated a remarkable ability or innovative approach that effectively connects some aspect of academic or campus life with another, resulting in the betterment the Western community. Some recent examples: developing a new style of teaching to improve the quality of education; developing interdisciplinary study or intercampus diplomacy; creating supportive service; or mentoring others. 

Award/Recognition

The award recipient will be presented with a Western medallion award at the Celebration of Excellence Awards in June. This award of also includes a payment of $1,000* from an endowment established by the Simpson family.

Award administration

Fairhaven Dean’s Office

Nomination Process

Nominations open in the fall and are due on December 1. Nominations are currently closed for this award.

The following criteria and policies are meant to secure comprehensive evaluation:

  1. Any current WWU faculty member, staff member or student is eligible.
  2. No person shall receive this award more than once.
  3. Only the name of the award recipient will be announced upon completion of the process; the names of other nominees and candidates shall not be published at any time during or after the process.
  4. Nominees will be asked if they wish to be considered, and, if so, will be required to submit supporting materials to the evaluation committee.
  5. The award is for creating bridges and forging new paths that others may follow and build upon in turn  and supporting materials should relate to this theme.
  6. To secure consistency in the evaluation process nominees may be asked to submit the following materials.
    • A current vita. 
    • Materials related to “bridging”-related contributions while at Western.
    • The candidate will solicit up to five letters of support. The letters should register the impact of the candidate’s leadership activities.  Letters of support should be sent directly to the Dean’s office administering the award.
    • The candidate will provide up to three pages describing aspects of his/her “bridging”-type activities that may not be covered by the requested materials.
  1. The evaluation committee will evaluate all materials secured through all processes and make its selection according to its best judgment.
  2. Faculty on leave in the year of nomination may choose to defer the nomination to the following academic year.

Nominees from the previous year may elect to remain under consideration for the subsequent year and resubmit supporting materials.

Additional Information

Provost Office

Equity & Inclusion Achievement Award* [Nominations closed]

Description

The Equity and Inclusion Achievement Award* recognizes a student, staff, faculty member or office for outstanding contributions to advancing inclusive student, faculty or staff success, enhancing academic excellence, and/or increasing Western’s impact in Washington within the context of equity and inclusion. These contributions should align with one or more of the following goals and values articulated in Western’s strategic plan:

  • Western will provide a transformative education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and based on innovative scholarship, research, and creative activity

  • Western will advance a deeper understanding of and engagement with place

  • Western will foster a caring and supportive environment where all members are respected and treated fairly

  • Western will pursue justice and equity in its policies, practices, and impacts

* Previously called the Diversity Achievement Award

Award/Recognition

The award recipient will be presented with a Western medallion award at the Celebration of Excellence Awards in June. The award includes $1,500 for use in research, teaching or professional enhancement, made possible through the WWU Foundation.

Award administration

Equal Opportunity Office

Nomination Process

To be considered, the individual must demonstrate one or more of the following criteria, within the context of equity and inclusion, while aligning with Western’s Strategic Plan:

  • Advancing student, faculty or staff success
  • Enhancing academic excellence
  • Increasing Western’s impact in Washington 

 

Nominations may be made by any university faculty member or staff member. All nominations must be submitted via the online form.  

Nominations are closed for 2020.

Additional Information

Equity & Inclusion Achievement Award (Previously called Diversity Achievement Award)

Excellence in Teaching Award [Nominations closed]

Description

This award for excellent teaching goes to a faculty member from one of the following colleges: 

  • Business and Economics
  • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • Huxley College of the Environment
  • Woodring College of Education

 

The criteria that will be considered include:

  • Inspirational/Transformational and value of learning for career/life decisions/etc.
  • Vision, purpose, and intentionality for teaching
  • Engagement beyond class, mentoring student (students, other faculty, etc.)
  • Innovative pedagogy, continual development
  • Overall awesomeness

Award/Recognition

The award recipient will be presented with a Western medallion award at the Celebration of Excellence Awards in June. This award also includes a payment of $2,500, made possible by the Western Washington University Foundation. (Please note: for each payment, the University also contributes approximately $1,553.66 for tax related deductibles plus benefits for a total expenditure of approximately $3,553 per award).

Award administration

Huxley College of the Environment and Woodring College of Education (rotates)

Nomination Process

Students, alumni, faculty and staff members are encouraged to nominate faculty members for the Excellence in Teaching Awards. Nominations open in the fall and are due by December 1. Nominations are currently closed for this award.

Additional Information

Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards (Provost Office)

Outstanding Classified Staff Award [Nominations closed]

Description

The Outstanding Classified Staff Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies a positive and creative approach to problem solving and innovation that significantly advances departmental goals and/or the university mission through initiative, leadership or scholarly or creative work that contributes to Western's learning community. With the support of the President, the two classified staff unions on campus (WFSE and PSE) together select one of their members to receive this award.

Award/Recognition

The award recipient will be presented with a Western medallion award at the Celebration of Excellence Awards in June.

Award administration

Heather Christianson, PSE Vice President and Award Committee Chair - heather.christianson@wwu.edu

Nomination Process

To be considered, the individual must demonstrate contribution to the work unit, department, college or university that furthers the university's mission and strategic goals through any of the following ways:

  • Excellence in job performance that results in efficiencies
  • Personal initiative and leadership that supports and builds a positive work environment
  • Innovative approach to problem-solving that enables sustained improvement and/or
  • Completed scholarly or creative work that contributes to Western's learning community.

 

Nominations may be made by any university faculty member or staff member. Nominees must be a permanent classified staff member who has completed one year of service by January 31, 2020. 

Nominations are closed for 2020.

Additional Information

Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award [Nominations closed]

Description

The Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award recognizes a WWU faculty member who has made outstanding and impactful efforts that have enriched the intellectual vitality of the campus and/or the broader community.  This work may include service to the University, to service-learning programs, to outreach programs to the local and broader community, and service to the profession. 

Award/Recognition

The award recipient will be presented with a Western medallion award at the Celebration of Excellence Awards in June. The recipient will also receive a payment for $1,000, made possible by the Western Washington University Foundation. (Please note: for each payment, the University also contributes approximately $421 for tax related deductibles plus benefits for a total expenditure of approximately $1,421 per award).

Award administration

College of Business and Economics Dean's Office

Nomination Process

You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Nominee’s name
  • Nominee’s department
  • Nomination statement/letter of recommendation (approximately 1-2 pages) about why this faculty member is being nominated for this award
     

Nominator information including:

  • Your name
  • Your email address or telephone number
  • Indication of whether you are a current student, alumni, faculty member or staff member

 

Nominations open in the fall and close December 1. Nominations are currently closed for this award.

Additional Information

Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award (Provost Office)

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award [Nominations closed]

Description

The Western Alumni Association has partnered with the Office of the Provost to request nominations from WWU alumni for the Outstanding Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.  A “call for nominations” is sent to all alumni in the WWU alumni database, inviting them to submit the name of a faculty member who made an impact on their life as a student and describe in detail why that person deserves this distinguished recognition. 

Award/Recognition

The award recipient will be presented with a Western medallion award at the Celebration of Excellence Awards in June.

Award administration

Western Alumni Association

Nomination Process

A “call for nominations” is sent to all alumni in the WWU alumni database, inviting them to submit the name of a faculty member who made an impact on their life as a student and describe in detail why that person deserves this distinguished recognition. Nominations are currently closed for this award.

Additional Information

Outstanding Scholarship Award [Nominations closed]

Description

One Outstanding Scholarship Award is given each year to a faculty member from one of the following colleges in recognition of their excellent record of scholarship and research at Western:

  • Business and Economics,
  • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies,
  • Fine and Performing Arts,
  • Huxley College of the Environment,
  • Woodring College of Education
  • Western Libraries

 

While the award is intended to recognize all of one’s excellence in scholarship while at Western, supporting research and scholarship materials from the candidate shall be limited to no more than five years, but should include the last three.

Award/Recognition

The award recipient will be presented with a Western medallion award at the Celebration of Excellence Awards in June. This award also includes a payment of $2,500, made possible by the Western Washington University Foundation.   (Please note: for each payment, the University also contributes approximately $1,553.66 for tax related deductibles plus benefits for a total expenditure of approximately $3,553 per award). 

Award administration

College of Fine and Performing Arts and Library Dean’s Office (rotating)

Nomination Process

Only WWU faculty members, department chairs, and academic deans may nominate their faculty colleagues for a Scholarship/Research award.  Nominations open in the fall and are due by December 1. Nominations are currently closed for this award.

Additional Information

Olscamp Research & Outstanding Scholarship Awards (Provost Office)

Paul J. Olscamp Research Award [Nominations closed]

Description

A faculty member from either the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or the College of Science and Engineering is selected each year in recognition for their impressive record of achievement in scholarship and research during their time at Western. While the award is intended to recognize all of one’s excellence in scholarship while at Western, supporting research and scholarship materials from the candidate shall be limited to no more than five years, but should include the last three.

Award/Recognition

The award recipient will be presented with a Western medallion award at the Celebration of Excellence Awards in June. This award also includes a payment of $2,500, made possible by the Western Washington University Foundation. (Please note: for each payment, the University also contributes approximately $1,553.66 for tax related deductibles plus benefits for a total expenditure of approximately $3,553 per award).

Award administration

College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Science and Engineering Dean’s Offices (rotating)

Nomination Process

Only WWU faculty members, department chairs, and academic deans may nominate their faculty colleagues for a Scholarship/Research award.  Nominations open in the fall and are due by December 1. Nominations are currently closed for this award.

Additional Information

Olscamp Research & Outstanding Scholarship Awards (Provost Office)

Peter J. Elich Excellence in Teaching Award [Nominations closed]

Description

The Peter J. Elich Excellence in Teaching Award, named for Western’s former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is given to a faculty member from either the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or the College of Science and Engineering, in recognition for their exemplary teaching practices. 

In the past, the Elich Award Committee has evaluated nominees using the following criteria:

  1. Challenge Level
  2. Student Engagement
  3. Breadth/Versatility
  4. Risk/Innovation
  5. Impact
  6. Passion/Energy

Award/Recognition

The award recipient will be presented with a Western medallion award at the Celebration of Excellence Awards in June. This award also includes a payment of $2,500, made possible by the Western Washington University Foundation. (Please note: for each payment, the University also contributes approximately $1,553.66 for tax related deductibles plus benefits for a total expenditure of approximately $3,553 per award).

Award administration

College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Science and Engineering Dean’s Offices (rotating)

Nomination Process

Students, alumni, faculty and staff members are encouraged to nominate faculty members for the Excellence in Teaching Awards. Nominations open in the fall and are due by December 1. Nominations are currently closed for this award.

Additional Information

Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards (Provost Office)

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