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,
  • Huxley 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.


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.


No nominations received for 2020/2021 - ---

Past Awardees


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 No nominations received for this award for 2019/2020 academic year.