Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs Awards

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.

Nomination and Application Procedures

  • Candidates must be nominated. Nominations can be made by academic colleagues, alumni, administrators, students, and/or community members. Letters of nomination should describe how the nominee meets the criteria and desired qualifications outlined above.
  • Nominees must provide a curriculum vitae and letter of application that highlights accomplishments that address the selection criteria. In addition, candidates must provide a minimum of three letters of support; at least one of the three letters of support must come from a student. Those writing the letters must be able to speak to the applicant’s/nominee’s accomplishments in Public Affairs. Applications should not exceed more than 10 pages maximum, excluding the curriculum vitae.
  • Nominations will first be vetted by the colleges, including the Meyer Library. Students should be included in the selection committees. Each college/school may put forward one nominee. In addition, one nominee may be sent forward from the West Plains campus.
  • Faculty applications will be forwarded to the Board of Governors Selection Committee for final review and award determination. The committee will consist of one previous award winner, current class of Citizen Scholar Award winners as available, Board of Governor (BOG) members from the Academic and Student Affairs committees, the current Student Governor of the BOG, and the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs.

Additional Information

Printable Award Information


Up to three faculty awards winners may be selected each year to receive a certificate, recognition by the Board of Governors, and a $1,500 grant to be used for travel, research and/or projects related to their work with public affairs.


  • January 11, 2017
    Call for faculty nominations
  • February 6, 2017
    Nominations due to individual college committees
  • February 10, 2017
    Nominees notified by college committees
  • March 10, 2017
    Applications from nominees due back to college committees
  • March 20, 2017
    College committees review their applications and make their recommendations to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • March 27, 2017
    Nominees are submitted to the Board of Governors sub-committee
  • April 14, 2017
    Final recommendations are submitted
  • May 2017
    Awardees recognized during the May Board of Governors' Meeting


Please direct questions to Rachelle Darabi or call Stacey Trewatha-Bach 836-8832.