Campus Faculty Awards

Both the Missouri S&T campus and University of Missouri system offer a number of awards for faculty recognizing excellence in areas including research, teaching, service, leadership and other areas. Many of the awards include monetary prizes. The Provost's website also includes information about processes and timelines for several of the campus awards. Click the tabs below for more information.

  • Endowments
  • Faculty Excellence Award
  • Faculty Achievement Award
  • Faculty Teaching Award
  • Faculty Research Award
  • Faculty Service Award
  • Sustained Excellence in Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Outstanding Teaching Award

Endowments

Endowments from these individuals and groups make our awards possible. Thank you.

  • Class of 1937 Faculty Excellence
  • Forsee Family Engineering Faculty Fund
  • Faculty Excellence Fund – John Stafford Brown
  • Robert Keiser Faculty Award for Teaching, Research and Service
  • Finley Faculty Enhancement Fund

Faculty Excellence Award

The Faculty Excellence Award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated sustained excellence in all three missions of the institution: teaching, research and service. The award includes a $3,000 stipend. For more information and an application, go to the provost's website.

The 2019 Faculty Excellence Award recipients:

  • Dr. Jie Huang, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering
  • Dr. Patrick Huber, professor, history and political science
  • Dr. Michael Moats, professor, materials science and engineering
  • Dr. Fiona Nah, professor, business and information technology
  • Dr. Yanzhi Zhang, associate professor, mathematics and statistics

Faculty Achievement Award

The Faculty Achievement award recognizes non-tenure track faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in at least one of the categories of teaching, research, or service. The nomination and selection of indivdiuals for the award shall be based on teaching or research or service to the university and to the individual's profession. The award includes a $1,000 stipend. For more information and an application, go to the provost's website

The 2019 Faculty Achievement receipients:

  • Dr. Yu-Hsien Chiu, associate teaching professor, business and information technology
  • Dr. Victor Khilkevich, associate research professor, electrical and computer engineering
  • Dr. Simon Lekakh, research professor, materials science and engineering
  • Dr. Scott Miller, teaching professor, materials science and engineering
  • Dr. Jill Schmidt, assistant teaching professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Dr. Eric Showalter, teaching professor, civil, architectural and environmental engineering

Faculty Teaching Award

The Faculty Teaching Award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching-related activities.  Nomination packages include student and peer evaluations of teaching effectiveness and other supporting documentation of pedagogical innovation and effectiveness. The award includes a $1,000 stipend. For more information and an application, go to the provost's website.

The 2019 Faculty Teaching Award recipients:

  • Dr. Eric Bryan, associate professor, English and technical communication
  • Dr. Wayne Huebner, professor, materials science and engineering
  • Dr. K. Krishnamurthy, professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Dr. Dan Reardon, associate professor, English and technical communication
  • Dr. Clair Reynolds-Kueny, assistant professor, psychological science
  • Dr. Kate Sheppard, associate professor, history and political science
  • Dr. Yun Seong Song, assistant professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering

Faculty Research Award

The Faculty Research Award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship.  Awards are given based on the significance of the contributions of the individual in the preceding two years, as well as the long term impact of the individual’s research. The award includes a $1,000 stipend. For more information and an application, go to the provost's website.

The 2019 Faculty Research Award recipients:

  • Dr. Xiaoming He, associate professor, mathematics and statistics
  • Dr. Chulsoon Hwang, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering
  • Dr. Xinhua Liang, associate professor, chemical and biochemical engineering
  • Dr. Jenny Liu, professor, civil, architectural and environmental engineering
  • Dr. Hongyan Ma, assistant professor, civil, architectural and environmental engineering
  • Dr. Joseph Newkirk, professor, materials science and engineering
  • Dr. Daniel Shank, assistant professor, psychological science

Faculty Service Award

 

The Faculty Service Award recognizes faculty members who display exemplary, sustained service to the university and their profession.  The intent of the award is to honor outstanding citizens of the university for their commitment and service.  The nomination and selection of individuals for the award is based on any combination of service to the University and the individual’s profession. The award includes a $1,000 stipend. For more information and an application, go to the provost's website.

 The 2019 Faculty Service Award recipients:

  • Dr. Petra DeWitt, assistant professor, history and political science
  • Dr. Henry Pernicka, professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering

Sustained Excellence in Outstanding Teaching Award

The Outstanding Teaching Award Committee recognizes those faculty members who have demonstrated a high level of instructional effectiveness as measured by student evaluations of teaching effectiveness.  The Outstanding Teaching Award Committee typically recognizes approximately 30 faculty members per year for their excellence in instruction. Faculty who have earned Outstanding Teaching Awards for nine out of the previous 10 years, are recognized with a $500 stipend and the designation "Sustained Excellence in Outstanding Teaching" at the annual awards banquet. For more information and timeline, go to the provost's website.

The 2018-2019 Sustained Excellence in Outstanding Teaching Award recipients:

  • Dr. Petra DeWitt, assistant professor, history and political science
  • Dr. Greg Hilmas, chair, materials science and engineering
  • Dr. Irina Ivliyeva, professor, arts, languages, and philosophy
  • Dr. John McManus, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of History
  • Dr. Gary Mueller, associate professor, mining and nuclear engineering
  • Dr. Joe Stanley, professor, electrical and computer engineering
  • Dr. Greg Story, associate professor, physics

Outstanding Teaching Award

The Outstanding Teaching Award Committee recognizes those faculty members who have demonstrated a high level of instructional effectiveness as measured by student evaluations of teaching effectiveness.  The Outstanding Teaching Award Committee typically recognizes approximately 30 faculty members per year for their excellence in instruction. 

The 37 S&T faculty members who will be honored with the Outstanding Teaching Award for 2018-2019 are:

  • Dr. Ayodeji Alajo, interim director of nuclear engineering
  • Dr. Kwame Awuah-Offei, interim director of mining engineering
  • Dr. Andrew Behrendt, assistant teaching professor, history and political science
  • Dr. Michael Bruening, interim chair of history and political science
  • Dr. Eric Bryan, associate professor, English and technical communication
  • Dr. Mariesa Crow, Finley Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • Dr. Beth Cudney, associate professor, engineering management and systems engineering
  • Dr. Petra DeWitt, assistant professor, history and political science
  • Dr. Cassandra Elrod, associate professor, business and information technology
  • Dr. Nuran Ercal, Richard K. Vitek/FCR Endowed Chair in Biochemistry
  • Dr. Darin Finke, associate teaching professor, arts, languages, and philosophy
  • Dr. Shannon Fogg, interim associate dean for research, College of Arts, Sciences and Business
  • Dr. Sarah Hercula, assistant professor, English and technical communication
  • Dr. Greg Hilmas, Curators’ Professor of Ceramic Engineering
  • Dr. Sheryl Hodges, associate teaching professor, engineering management and systems engineering
  • Dr. Wayne Huebner, professor, materials science and engineering
  • Dr. Irina Ivliyeva, professor, arts, languages, and philosophy
  • Dr. Amardeep Kaur, assistant teaching professor, electrical and computer engineering
  • Ms. Merilee Krueger, teaching professor, psychological science
  • Dr. Nishant Kumar, associate teaching professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Dr. Jennifer Leopold, associate professor, computer science
  • Dr. Kelly Liu, professor, geoscience and geological and petroleum engineering
  • Dr. Yu Liu, assistant professor, business and information technology
  • Dr. Gary Mueller, associate professor, mining and nuclear engineering
  • Mr. Clayton Price, associate teaching professor, computer science
  • Dr. Dan Reardon, associate professor, English and technical communication
  • Dr. Terry Robertson, teaching professor, arts, languages, and philosophy
  • Dr. David Rogers, Hasselmann Missouri Professor of Geological Engineering
  • Dr. Jeff Schramm, associate professor, history and political science
  • Dr. John Singler, associate professor, mathematics and statistics
  • Dr. Jeffrey Smith, professor, materials science and engineering
  • Dr. Lesley Sneed, associate professor, civil, architectural and environmental engineering
  • Dr. Joe Stanley, professor, electrical and computer engineering
  • Dr. Greg Story, associate professor, physics
  • Dr. Theresa Swift, associate teaching professor, electrical and computer engineering
  • Dr. Max Tohline, assistant professor, arts, languages, and philosophy
  • Ms. Courtney Webster, lecturer, arts, languages, and philosophy
  • Experiential Learning Awards
  • Service Learning Awards
  • Woman of the Year Award
  • CEC Awards

Experiential Learning Awards

The Experiential Learning Award is sponsored by the Office of Academic Support and recognizes faculty and staff who require undergraduate students to go beyond mastering basic skills and knowledge in the application of that material to problem-solving challenges.  For more information, go to http://academicsupport.mst.edu/experientiallearning/awards/.

The 2019 Experiential Learning Award recipients:

  • Dr. Rohit Dua, associate teaching professor, electrical and computer engineering
  • Mr. Kevin Shaw, managing director for Leach Theatre

Service Learning Awards

The Service Learning Award is sponsored by the Office of Academic Support and recognizes faculty and staff who involve or influence undergraduate students in academic service learning or community service activities outside the classroom.  For more information, go to http://academicsupport.mst.edu/experientiallearning/awards/.

The 2018 Service Learning Award went to Dr. Amber Henslee, associate professor, psychological science.

Past recipients of the award were:  Lieutenant Oscar Kemp of the University Police Department, 2019, Jessica Haywood, student services coordinator, student life, 2017, and Dr. Daniel Oerther, professor,  civil, architectural and environmental engineering.

Woman of the Year Award

The Woman of the year is an honor given to a female faculty member (full-time tenured or tenure-track) dedicated to student education and committed to diversity. For more information, go to the Chancellor's website.

Recent recipients of this award are: Kathryn Northcut, professor, English and technical communication, 2018; Audra Merfeld-Langston, associate professor and chair, arts, languages, and philosophy, 2017; and Suzanna Long, professor and chair, engineering management and systems engineering, 2016.

CEC Awards

The College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) offers two awards to recognize outstanding CEC faculty and staff.

The Dean's Scholars Award is a two-year title that recognizes prodigious scholarship among post-third year tenure track assistant professors and tenured associate professors in the College of Engineering and Computing.  The award includes a stipend for each recipient to assist with scholarship activities during the two-year title.

Three Dean’s Scholars were announced for 2019:

  • Dr. Jie Gao, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Dr. Aditya Kumar, assistant professor of materials science and engineering
  • Dr. Hongyan Ma, assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering.

The Dean's Educator Scholar Award is a two-year title that recognizes CEC faculty members among the tenured faculty and non-tenure track teaching faculty who are honored for sustained excellence in the classroom and contributions toward student service.  The two-year title includes a stipend. The 2019 recipients were:

  • Dr. Katherine Grote, associate professor of geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering
  • Dr. Ryan Hutcheson, associate teaching professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Additional recognition for faculty who were awarded patents for their research in the past year:

  • Dr. Sutapa Barua, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineeringDr. Bill Fahrenholtz, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of ceramic engineering and director of the Materials Research Center
  • Dr. Mehdi Ferdowsi, professor and associate chair of electrical engineering
  • Dr. Greg Hilmas, Curators’ Distinguished Professor and chair of ceramic engineering
  • Dr. Jie Huang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
  • Dr. Robert Landers, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Dr. Ming Leu, Keith and Pat Bailey Missouri Distinguished Professor of Integrated Product Manufacturing in mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Dr. Jonghyun Park, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Dr. Jagannathan Sarangapani, William A. Rutledge-Emerson Electric Company Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering
  • Dr. Pourya Shamsi, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering
  • Jeremy Watts, post-doctoral fellow in materials science and engineering

University of Missouri System Awards

  • President's Award for Economic Development
  • President's Award for Excellence (Early Career and Sustained Career)
  • President's Award for Innovative Teaching
  • President's Award for Faculty Engagement
  • President's Award for Inter-Campus Collaboration
  • President's Award for University Citizenship (Leadership and Service)
  • C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Award
  • Thomas Jefferson Award

President's Award for Economic Development

The Economic Development Award recognizes faculty for distinguished activity in meeting the University of Missouri's goals of serving as an economic engine for the state and its citizens. Go to the UM System Academic Affairs website for more information and a nomination form: https://www.umsystem.edu/ums/aa/economic_development/

President's Award for Excellence (Early Career and Sustained Career)

There are two categories of Faculty Awards for Excellence: The Early Career Award recognizes faculty who exhibit exceptional promise within their first seven years with the university. The Sustained Excellence Award recognizes faculty for distinguished career-long, sustained excellence in scholarship, research, or creativity for a period of 15 or more years. Go to the UM System Academic Affairs website for more information and a nomination form: https://www.umsystem.edu/ums/aa/presidential_excellence

Previous awardees from S&T in the Early Career category include Richard Dawes, professor of chemistry, 2014, and Suzanna Long, professor of engineering management and systems engineering, 2013; and in the Sustained Excellence category, Sajal Das, professor of computer science, 2018.

President's Award for Innovative Teaching

The Innovative Teaching Award recognizes faculty who are outstanding teachers and who employ novel and innovative teaching methods to achieve success in student learning.
Go to the UM System Academic Affairs website for more information and a nomination form: https://www.umsystem.edu/ums/aa/innovative_teaching.

Previous awardees from S&T include Nicolas Libre, assistant teaching professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, 2018; Bonnie Bachman, professor of economics, 2017; and Klaus Woelk, associate professor of chemistry, 2011.

President's Award for Faculty Engagement

There are two categories of Faculty Engagement Awards: The Community Engagement Award recognizes faculty who are engaged in exemplary community engagement activities such as volunteerism, service-learning, educational programming, and outreach.
The Cross-Cultural Engagement Award recognizes faculty who promote cross-cultural engagement through education, research, and/or service. Go to the UM System Academic Affairs website for more information and a nomination form: 
https://www.umsystem.edu/ums/aa/faculty_engagement.

A previous awardee from S&T was Curt Elmore, professor of geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering, 2014.

President's Award for Inter-Campus Collaboration

The Inter-Campus Collaboration Award recognizes faculty who engage in activities that foster collaboration across two or more campuses of the University of Missouri System.
Go to the UM System Academic Affairs website for more information and a nomination form: https://www.umsystem.edu/ums/aa/campus_collaboration.

A previous awardee from S&T was Mohamed N. Rahaman, professor of ceramic engineering, 2011.

President's Award for University Citizenship (Leadership and Service)

There are two categories of Faculty Citizenship Awards: The Leadership Award recognizes faculty who have provided exemplary leadership for the university. The Excellence in Service Award recognizes faculty for distinguished service on one of the UM campuses or to the UM System. Go to the UM System Academic Affairs website for more information and a nomination form: https://www.umsystem.edu/ums/aa/university_citizenship.

The Citizenship award for 2019 goes to Dr. Mark Fitch, assistant chair and associate professor, civil, architectural and environmental engineering.

Previous awardees in the Leadership category from S&T include Mariesa Crow, professor of electrical engineering, 2014, and in the Service category, Joel Burken, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, 2015.

C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Award

The C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship recognizes a University of Missouri faculty member who demonstrates commitment, dedication, and effectiveness in advancing the land-grant mission through extension, international education, and agricultural economics programs. Go to the UM System Academic Affairs website for more information and a nomination form: https://provost.missouri.edu/awards/campus-awards/ratchford/.

The 2019 recipient of this award is Dr. Daniel Oerther, professor,  civil, architectural and environmental engineering.

A previous S&T recipient of this award was Curt Elmore, professor, geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering, 2010.

Thomas Jefferson Award

The Thomas Jefferson Award recognizes faculty who rise above excellence and demonstrate clear distinction in teaching, research, creative activities, and service to the University of Missouri and humankind. Go to the UM System Academic Affairs website for more information and a nomination form: https://www.umsystem.edu/ums/aa/thomas_jefferson_award.

Previous awardees from S&T include Larry Gragg, Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of History, 2014; Lawrence Christensen, history and political science, 1999; Wayne Bledsoe, history and political science,1995; William James, chemistry, 1989; George McPherson, electrical engineering; Douglas Wixson Jr., English, 1982.