Outstanding Scholarship Award

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,
  • The College of the Environment,
  • Woodring College of Education,
  • Western Libraries

*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.)

Selection Criteria

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.

2022

Erika McPhee-Shaw wearing a WWU award medallion

Erika McPhee-Shaw - Environmental Sciences

Erika McPhee-Shaw, a native of Eastern Washington, received her BA in Physics from Dartmouth College and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington. After postdoctoral research at UC Santa Barbara, Dr. McPhee-Shaw was on the faculty at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, SJSU, for 10 years before coming to Western in 2014. She studies ocean physics, coastal circulation, deep subsurface waves and their interactions with continental margin topography, and is an interdisciplinary scientist who often works with marine ecologists and chemists. She is currently co-lead investigator of a $1.3M National Science Foundation funded project studying internal waves and boundary-interior exchange in a fjord-like lake with colleagues at Cornell. This project has provided opportunity to involve graduate and undergraduate students in field work, instrument design, and data analysis. McPhee-Shaw has organized sessions at many national and international conferences over the past two decades, and her leadership has been particularly evident in being an invited speaker at several international conferences on ocean mixing and submarine canyon dynamics, and her election as Vice Chair and Chair of the influential Gordon Research Conference in Coastal Ocean Dynamics.

Past Awardees

1 awardee(s) for this year

2021 Awardees

No nominations received for 2020/2021 - ---