Staff Excellence in Public Affairs Awards

Eligibility Criteria and Desired Qualifications

The recipient of the Board of Governors’ Award for Staff Excellence in Public Affairs will be selected from among current full-time University staff that have been employed full-time at Missouri State University for a minimum of 3 years at the time of nomination and who provide evidence of significant and meaningful involvement in support of the University’s Public Affairs mission.

Examples of significant and meaningful 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.  Inclusion of students in this engagement is essential.
  • A successful record of inspiring and motivating students to develop the skills to become informed and culturally competent citizens who are knowledgeable about public policy issues affecting our society.
  • A sustained record of leadership involving students in the process of addressing and seeking solutions to important public policy, educational, cultural, health, economic development, or environmental issues.
  • Development of successful partnerships between students and community members and/or organizations in carrying out Public Affairs initiatives.
  • 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 and evidence of mentorship of students in these areas.

Nomination Procedures

  • Candidates must be nominated.  Nominations can be made by colleagues, faculty, alumni, administrators, students, and/or community members.  Letters of nomination should describe how the nominee meets the criteria and desired qualifications outlined above.  Nominees from the West Plains campus are welcomed.
  • Nominees must provide a 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 nominee’s accomplishments in Public Affairs. Applications should not exceed more than 10 pages maximum.
  • Staff applications will first be reviewed by Student Development and Public Affairs and the Office of Public Affairs Support for minimum eligibility and desired qualifications.  If there are more than eight staff applications, then a university level committee will first review all applications.  The university level committee will consist of the chair of the Staff Senate and one staff member each from the Divisions of Student Affairs, Student Development and Public Affairs, International Programs, and Administrative and Information Services. Three student members, as available, will be selected by the Student Government Association to serve as well.
  • Three to six staff applications, or as appropriate, will be forwarded to the Board of Governors Selection Committee for final review and award determination. This committee will consist of one previous award winner, current class of Citizen Scholar Award winners as available, current SGA President, Board of Governor (BOG) members from the Academic and Student Affairs committees, and the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs.  

Additional Information

Printable Award Information


Up to three staff recipients may be selected each year. Recipients will receive a certificate, recognition during a meeting of the Board of Governors, and a $1500 grant for travel, research and/or projects related to their work with Public Affairs.


  • January 11, 2017
    Call for nominations
  • February23, 2017
    Nominations due to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • March 20, 2017
    Applications from nominees due to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • March 24, 2017
    If applicable, campus committee will review applications and make 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.