Excellence in Public Affairs Award

The Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Public Affairs is established at Missouri State University to recognize faculty and staff who excel at carrying out the public affairs mission.

Congratulations to the 2020 Recipients!


Professor, Geography, Geology, & Planning, College of Natural & Applied Sciences
Associate Professor, Psychology
McQueary College of Health & Human Services
Dr. Elizabeth Sobel
Professor, Anthropology
College of Humanities & Public Affairs


Marketing and Web Specialist, International Programs
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dr. Diana Garland
Director, Learning Commons, Student Success
A'dja Jones​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 
Director, Student Athlete Development & Community Relations, Dr. Mary Jo Winn Academic Achievement Center


Call for 2021 nominations begins January 19, 2021. 

Nominees should have evidence of distinctive work and accomplishments in support of the University’s Public Affairs mission. Up to three faculty and three staff are selected each year. Recipients will receive a framed certificate, recognition by the Board of Governors and a $1,500 grant award to be used toward travel, research and/or activities related to their public affairs projects within the University.  Nominees must be full-time Missouri State employees with a minimum of 3 years full-time employment at the time of nomination.

Staff Nominations

There is no limit to how many staff nominations can be submitted for consideration.  Nomination letters must be emailed or campus mailed to Dr. Keri Franklin March 10, 2021. The award coordinator, Stacey Trewatha-Bach, will follow-up with each staff nominee to ensure the formal application materials are completed prior to the April 12 application due date.  View the requirements link to the right.  

Faculty Nomination Options

Each College may submit forth one faculty nominee, including the Meyer Library and the West Plains campus. Colleges have two options for submitting their faculty nominee:  1) they may choose their nominee by college committee or 2) a Dean may directly submit a faculty nominee, at their discretion.

Faculty nominee submitted via Dean:  By March 10, 2021 the Dean must submit the faculty name by email to Dr. Keri Franklin.  A nomination letter may accompany the submission, but is not required. The award coordinator, Stacey Trewatha-Bach, will follow-up with the faculty nominee to ensure their formal application materials are completed prior to the April 12 due date.   

Faculty nominee submitted via College Committee:  By April 12, 2021 the final nominee's name, along with their FULLY completed formal application materials, must be submitted to Dr. Keri Franklin by email or campus mail.  Please contact the award coordinator, Stacey Trewatha-Bach for questions/confirmation regarding application materials.  

Questions & Contact Information

For assistance, please contact Stacey Trewatha-Bach, Coordinator, Office of Public Affairs Support at 417-836-8832 or Dr. Keri Franklin, Associate Provost for Student Development & Public Affairs.