Outstanding Classified Staff Award

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.

Selection Criteria

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.


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

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, 2021. 

The nomination process for the 2021 award is now CLOSED. Thank you to those that nominated a colleague.


Photo of Teri Hall, CBETeri Hall - College of Business & Economics

Teri Hall is the Student Success Specialist for the College of Business and Economics (CBE). She provides advising, both academic and developmental, to students interested in, or already pursuing, a degree within CBE. Teri believes in the transformative power of education, and is dedicated to helping students achieve their goals.

Teri served on the 2019-20 President’s Council for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, which works to identify structural barriers at Western, and recommends policies and practices that help create and sustain a more just and inclusive community. She is also a founding member of the CBE Equity, Inclusion and (EID) Task Force. She procured a $32,000 grant for the EID Task Force for 2020-2021, which will enable the Task Force to hire five EID student advocates and to invest in programmatic efforts to increase cultural competency at CBE. Teri also serves on the Value Leader Team for Navigate, the student outreach platform for advising at Western, and has utilized the platform to provide innovative outreach campaigns and advising services in order to reach CBE students and help them on their educational paths. 

Past Awardees


Photo of Clarissa MansfieldClarissa Mansfield - Western Libraries

Clarissa Mansfield began working at Western Libraries in 2006, and she became the Libraries’ Communications Manager in 2013. In this role, she leads, coordinates, and manages the communication and marketing needs of all units of Western Libraries. Her work has elevated the Libraries’ communications and publicity efforts to unprecedented levels. Her relationships with her colleagues and the opportunities she has to collaborate with so many dedicated students, staff, and faculty at Western are among her favorite aspects of the work she does.

Clarissa is an advocate for students and cares deeply about their experience at Western. She serves on the Libraries’ Social Justice Advisory Team, a group dedicated to advancing social justice in the library for all stakeholders. She has also been a leader among her classified colleagues, pursuing equity in the Libraries, as well as emphasizing the critical role of classified employees university-wide.  Clarissa is courageous in pursuit of improving the workplace, and is unafraid to speak up and challenge workplace inequity.  

Clarissa is a graduate of Western, receiving her B.A. in 2001 in both Liberal Studies (now known as “Global Humanities and Religions”), and in English. She also received her M.Ed. in Environmental Education from Western’s Huxley College of the Environment in 2014, with her master’s project concentration on exploring the role of academic libraries in environmental education.