Staff Excellence in Public Affairs Awards

Nominations

Nominations can be submitted by colleagues, faculty, administrators, students, alumni or community members.  Letters of nomination should describe how the nominee meets the criteria and desired qualifications outlined below.  Nominees from the West Plains campus are welcomed. There is no limit to how many staff nominations can be submitted for consideration. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Staff nominees must be current, full-time Missouri State University employees.   
  • Staff nominees must have a minimum of 3 years full-time employment at the time of their nomination.   

Nominee Application Requirements

  • The staff application packet must include a personal letter of application from the nominee plus a minimum of 3 support letters.  The letter of application written by the nominee should highlight their work and accomplishments in support of the University’s Public Affairs mission. 
  • At least one of the three support letters must be from a current or recent student.  Support letters should be from those that can speak to the nominee’s work efforts in public affairs.     

Letters of Support may be addressed to:

Dr. Rachelle Darabi

Assoc. Provost for Student Development & Public Affairs

Missouri State University

University Hall 115

901 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO  65897            

 
  • Complete applications should not exceed 10 pages maximum.  

Desired Qualifications

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 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.

Selection Process

  • Staff applications will first be reviewed by Student Development and Public Affairs and the Office of Public Affairs Support for minimum eligibility.  If there are more than eight staff applications, then a university level committee will first review all applications.  As available, 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 will be selected by the Student Government Association to serve as well.
  • Upward to six staff applications, or as appropriate, will be forwarded to the Board of Governors Selection Committee for final review and award determination. As available, this committee will consist of one previous award winner, current class of Citizen Scholar Award winners, current SGA President, Board of Governor (BOG) members from the Academic and Student Affairs committees and as needed the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs.  
Printable Information
Up to three staff awardees may be selected each year. Recipients will receive a framed certificate, recognition by the Board of Governors and a $1,500 grant award.  

Timeline 

  • January 21, 2019
    Call for nominations
  • March 1, 2019
    Nominations due to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • March 4, 2019
    Nominees notified by Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • April 1, 2019
    Formal applications from nominees due to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • April 8, 2019
    Applications submitted to the Board of Governors selection committe
  • April 19, 2019
    Selection committee submits recommendations to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • May 16, 2019
    Awardees recognized during the May 2019 Board of Governors Meeting 

Questions?

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