Eligibility Criteria and Desired Qualifications
Recipients of the Board of Governors’ Award for Staff Excellence in Public Affairs will be selected from current, full-time Missouri State University staff. Staff must have been employed full-time at Missouri State for at least 3 years at the time of nomination. Staff recipients should be able to 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.
- 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. Nominees from the West Plains campus are welcomed.
- Nominees must provide a letter of application and a minimum of 3 letters of support. The letter of application should highlight the nominee’s work and accomplishments in support of the University’s Public Affairs mission. Support letters should be from those that can speak to the applicant’s/nominee’s efforts in public affairs. A minimum of one of the three letters must be from a current or recent student.
- Complete 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 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.