Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs Awards

Faculty Award Information

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 via a college committee or 2) the Dean may directly submit a faculty nominee, at their discretion.    

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees must be current, full-time Missouri State University faculty. They 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 at least 3 years at the time of nomination.  

Desired Qualifications

Faculty recipients 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 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.

Application Packet

  1. A personal letter of application from the nominee. The application letter should highlight the nominee's work and accomplishments in support of the University's public affairs mission.

  2. A minimum of 3 letters of support. Support letters should be from those who can speak to the nominee's accomplishments in public affairs. At least one of the three support letters must be from a current or recent student.  

  3. Curriculum vitae. 

  • Applications should not exceed 10 pages maximum, excluding the curriculum vitae.

  • Materials may be submitted in pdf form via email or in paper format to UNIV 115.    

Letters of Support may be addressed to:

Dr. Rachelle Darabi

Assoc. Provost, Student Development & Public Affairs

Missouri State University

University Hall 115

901 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO  65897           

Email: RDarabi@MissouriState.edu

Selection Process

Faculty applications will be forwarded to the Board of Governors Selection Committee for final review and award determination. As available, the committee will consist of one previous award winner, current class of Citizen Scholar Award winners, Board of Governor (BOG) members from the Academic and Student Affairs committees, the current BOG Student Governor, and if needed the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs.


Printable Information
Up to three faculty awardees will be selected annually.  Each will receive a framed certificate, recognition by the Board of Governors and a $1,500 grant award to be used toward travel, research or other items related to their public affairs work on campus.    


January 21, 2019
Call for nominations
Option 1:  Nominee submitted by College Dean
  • March 6, 2020
    Faculty name submitted to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • April 6, 2020
    Faculty application packet due to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
Option 2:  Nominee submitted through College Committee [suggested timeline]
  • February 10, 2020
    Nominee names by faculty or others are due to individual college selection committee
  • February 14, 2020
    Committee notifies the faculty of their nomination and the required application packet requirements
  • March 20, 2020
    Nominee application packet(s) due to college committee
  • April 27, 2020 
    College committee forwards their chosen faculty nominee and application packet to Dr. Rachelle Darabi

April 29, 2020
All faculty application packets submitted to the Board of Governors faculty selection committee

May 11, 2020
BOG selection committee submits their recommendations to Dr. Rachelle Darabi

Fall semester
Awardees recognized at the Board of Governors' Meeting


Please contact Rachelle Darabi or Stacey Trewatha-Bach at 417-836-8832.