The Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Public Affairs was established at Missouri State University to recognize faculty and staff who excel at carrying out the public affairs mission.
From left to right: Katie Stinnett, Sheryl Ruff-Hensley, Heather Blades, Dr. Carol Miller, Dr. Janice Greene and Dr. Lyle Foster.
- Dr. Lyle Foster
Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Hunanities and Public Affairs
- Dr. Janice Greene
Professor of Biology, College of Natural and Applied Sciences
- Dr. Carol Miller
Distinguished Professor, College of Business
- Heather Blades
Associate Director, Center for Dispute Resolution
- Sheryl Ruff-Hensley
Administrative Assistant II, Marketing Department
- Katie Stinnett
Program Manager, Student Development and Public Affairs
Call for 2020 nominations begins January 21, 2020.
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.
There is no limit to how many staff nominations can be submitted for consideration. Nomination letters must be emailed or campus mailed to Dr. Rachelle Darabi no later than March 6, 2020. 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 6 deadline. 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) the Dean may directly submit a faculty nominee, at their discretion.
Faculty nominee submitted via Dean: By March 6, 2020 the Dean must submit by email the faculty name to Dr. Rachelle Darabi. 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 6 deadline.
Faculty nominee submitted via College Committee: By April 6, 2020 the final nominee's name, along with their fully completed formal application materials, must be submitted to Dr. Rachelle Darabi by email or campus mail. Please contact the award coordinator, Stacey Trewatha-Bach for questions/confirmation regarding application materials.