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 May. 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 for the 2023 award CLOSED December 1. Thank you to those of you that took the time to nomination someone!


Scott Linneman wearing WWU award medallion

Scott Linneman - Honors College

Since his arrival at Western in 2000, Dr. Scott Linneman has been a Professor of Geology and Science Education and, since 2015, Director of the University Honors College. He earned a B.A. from Carleton College and a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming. His research has focused on volcanoes (in the Cascades, Central America, and Turkey) and large landslides. He used laser scanning and time-lapse photography to study surface geologic processes and how students learn about the rates of those processes. He has served on the thesis committees of more than 30 MS students and a few PhD students.

Also certified as a middle school teacher, he served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow working on teacher preparation at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. He has directed an NSF GK-12 Project and was co-PI for WWU’s North Cascades and Olympics Science Partnership. He also worked on Western’s Change-at-the-Core professional development project. After serving on the executive committee of the Washington Science Teachers Association, Dr. Linneman served as president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. In 2011, he was named the Higher Ed Science Teacher of the Year by WSTA and, in 2013, chosen the Carnegie Professor of the Year for Washington. Under his leadership, Honors at WWU has successfully recruited and nurtured more than a 1,000 diverse, high-potential, high-achieving Western students.

Past Awardees

1 awardee(s) for this year

2021 Awardees

Photo of Kimberly Peters, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Kimberly 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.