Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs Awards

Eligibility Criteria and Desired Qualifications

Recipients of the Board of Governors’ Award for Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs will be selected from current, full-time Missouri State Unviersity 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.  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 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 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.

Nomination and Application Procedures

  • Candidates must be nominated. Nominations can be made by academic colleagues, alumni, administrators, students, and/or community members. Letters of nomination should describe how the nominee meets the criteria and desired qualifications as suggested above.
  • Nominees must provide a curriculum vitae, letter of application and a minimum of 3 letters of support.  The application letter 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 accomplishments in Public Affairs.  A minimum of one of the three letters must be from a current or recent student.  
  • Applications should not exceed more than 10 pages maximum, excluding the curriculum vitae.
  • Each College may put forward one nominee, including the Meyer Library and the West Plains campus. Each College my use a selection committee to vet multiple faculty nominees within the same College.  Students should be included in the selection committees, if applicable. 
  • Faculty applications will be forwarded to the Board of Governors Selection Committee for final review and award determination. The committee will consist of one previous award winner, current class of Citizen Scholar Award winners as available, Board of Governor (BOG) members from the Academic and Student Affairs committees, the current Student Governor of the BOG, and the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs.

Additional Information

Printable Award 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 their University work in public affairs.  


If a College does not utilize an internal committee to select their faculty nominee, the deadline is March 26, 2018 for the appointed nominee to submit their completed application to Dr. Rachelle Darabi.

  • January 22, 2018
    Call for faculty nominations
  • February 12, 2018
    Nominations due to individual college selection committees
  • February 15, 2018
    Faculty nominees notified by college committees
  • March 12, 2018
    Applications from nominees due to college committees
  • March 26, 2018
    College committees reviews applications, selects nominee and forwards nominee application to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • April 2, 2018
    Nominees are submitted to the Board of Governors faculty selection committee
  • April 16, 2018
    Selection committe submits reccomendations to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • May 2018
    Awardees recognized at the May 2018 Board of Governors' Meeting


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