Staff Excellence in Public Affairs Awards

Nomination and Formal Application Requirements

  • Candidates must be nominated.  Nominations can be made by colleagues, faculty, alumni, administrators, students, and/or community members.  Letters of nomination should describe how the nominee meets the criteria and desired qualifications outlined.  Nominees from the West Plains campus are welcomed.
  • Nominees must provide a letter of application and a minimum of 3 letters of support.  The letter of application written by the nominee should highlight their work and accomplishments in support of the University’s Public Affairs mission.  Support letters should be from those that can speak to the nominee’s work efforts in public affairs.  A minimum of one of the three letters must be from a current or recent student. 
  • Complete applications should not exceed more than 10 pages maximum.  
  • Staff applications will first be reviewed by Student Development and Public Affairs and the Office of Public Affairs Support for minimum eligibility and desired qualifications.  If there are more than eight staff applications, then a university level committee will first review all applications.  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, as available, will be selected by the Student Government Association to serve as well.
  • Three to six staff applications, or as appropriate, will be forwarded to the Board of Governors Selection Committee for final review and award determination. This committee will consist of one previous award winner, current class of Citizen Scholar Award winners as available, current SGA President, Board of Governor (BOG) members from the Academic and Student Affairs committees, and the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs.  

Eligibility Criteria and Desired Qualifications

Recipients of the Board of Governors’ Award for Staff Excellence in Public Affairs will be selected from current, full-time Missouri State University staff.   Staff must have been employed full-time at Missouri State for at least 3 years at the time of nomination.  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 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.  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.

Additional Information

Printable Award 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.  


  • January 22, 2018
    Call for nominations
  • February 26, 2018
    Nominations due to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • February 28, 2018
    Nominees notified by Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • March 26, 2018
    Formal applications from nominees due to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • April 2, 2018
    Applications submitted to the Board of Governors selection committe
  • April 16, 2018
    Selection committe submits reccomendations to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • May 2018
    Awardees recognized during the May 2018 Board of Governors Meeting 


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