Staff Excellence in Public Affairs Awards

Staff Award Information


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.   

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.

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.  

  • Applications should not exceed 10 pages maximum.

  • 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           


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 to be used toward activities related to their on campus public affairs work.  


  • January 21, 2020
    Call for nominations
  • March 6, 2020
    Nominations due to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • March 9, 2020
    Nominees notified by Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • April 27, 2020
    Formal applications from nominees due to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • April 29, 2020
    Applications submitted to the Board of Governors selection committee
  • May 11, 2020
    Selection committee submits recommendations to Dr. Rachelle Darabi
  • Fall semester
    Awardees recognized during the Board of Governors Meeting 


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