Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award

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. 

*Please Note: Only Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, or Professors are eligible for this award. (Instructors, Lecturers, Senior Instructors are not eligible. Please check the staff directory for faculty titles.)


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

Nominations open in the fall and close December 1.


Photo of Kimberly Peters, Communication Sciences & DisordersKimberly Peters - Communication Sciences & Disorders

Kimberly Peters, Ph.D., is a speech-language pathologist and audiologist. She completed her graduate education and clinical training in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Connecticut. She has been at Western Washington University since the fall of 2002. Kimberly is a Full Professor, Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Program Director for the Speech Language Pathology Graduate Program, and Director of the Aural Rehabilitation Clinic. She provides clinical services to community members who are deaf or hard of hearing, supervises graduate students in speech language pathology and audiology, teaches courses in pediatric hearing loss and habilitation, and conducts research in language, cognitive development, and social competence in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Kimberly assumed the role of department chair in 2016. In 2017, the CSD Department opened the first doctoral level degree to be offered at Western, the doctorate in Audiology (AuD). The program is thriving with approximately 36 AuD students enrolled. In 2017 the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinics also launched the donations-based clinic model in order to provide a wider variety of clinical experiences to graduate students in speech language pathology and audiology, and to better serve children and adults with hearing and communication needs in the region.

Past Awardees


Photo of Keith Russell, Health & Human DevelopmentKeith Russell - Health & Human Development

Since his arrival to Western in 2008, Keith has taken on many leadership roles to serve his program, department, the university, his profession, and the community at large. He is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health and Human Development and a faculty member in the nationally accredited Recreation Degree Program. Keith’s colleagues extol his excellent skills in listening, facilitating discussion, resolving conflict, and communicating empathy to students, staff, and faculty. It is important to note that he was chair throughout the time when the faculty members in HHD were displaced from and relocated back to the Carver Academic Facility. The temporary location of faculty offices and laboratories, spread around campus provided many challenges that Keith successfully managed. Dr. Russell’s publications focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of educational and therapeutic nature-based programs for youth. He is a co-author of the recent text titled Adventure Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice (Routledge Mental Health) with Michael Gass and Lee Gillis. His over 50 publications have appeared in Psychotherapy, Group Dynamics, Mindfulness, Journal of Health Services Psychology, and Child and Youth Care Forum