Eligibility Criteria and Desired Qualifications
The recipient of the Board of Governors’ Award for Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs will be appointed from among current University full-time faculty. S/he may hold rank in any academic discipline but must have a distinguished record of performance and have been employed full-time at Missouri State for a minimum of 3 years at the time of nomination. In addition, the recipient of the award for Public Affairs should be able to provide evidence of distinctive work and accomplishments in support of the University’s Public Affairs mission.
Examples of distinctive work and accomplishments in support of the University’s Public Affairs mission include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Demonstration of active engagement with the community for a sustained period of time in one or more aspects of his/her teaching, research and service. Inclusion of students in this engagement is essential.
- A successful record of working with students in enabling them to develop the motivation and skills to become responsible, informed and culturally competent citizens who are knowledgeable about public policy issues affecting our society.
- Utilization of new, creative, and imaginative approaches in making applied research and scholarship accessible to the public. This will include a strong record of writings, presentations or other materials which have made a clear and positive impact on the community (region, state, nation, or beyond) and have expanded the public understanding of some specific problem or problems facing society and its institutions along with a record of involving students in this research.
- A sustained record of leadership in seeking solutions for important Public Affairs issues such as active involvement in addressing public policy, educational, cultural, health, economic development, or environmental issues.
- Good working relationships with community members and organizations as equal partners and in various forms of collaborations in carrying out Public Affairs initiatives. Inclusion of students in such collaborations is expected.
- Effective leadership within the University in support of priorities and projects that demonstrate the University’s Public Affairs Mission in action.
- Exemplification of the highest standards of citizenship, cultural competence, and ethical behavior. Demonstration of how the faculty member serves as a role model of Public Affairs and how s/he instills the Public Affairs Mission in students.
- Effective integration of the public affairs mission into his/her coursework as well as co-curricular support of the mission.