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.

  • Faculty Excellence Award
  • Faculty Achievement Award
  • Faculty Teaching Award
  • Faculty Research Award
  • Faculty Service Award
  • Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Woman of the Year Award
  • Experiential Learning Awards
  • Service Learning Awards
  • CEC Dean's Scholar and Dean's Educator Scholar Award

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 2018 Faculty Excellence Award recipients:

  • Douglas Bristow, associate professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Richard Dawes, professor, chemistry
  • Liang Xinhua, associate professor, chemical and biochemical engineering
  • Zhaozheng Yin, associate professor, computer science

Faculty Achievement Award

The Faculty Achievement award recognizes non-tenure track faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in the categories of teaching or 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 2018 Faculty Achievement receipients:

  • Darin Finke, associate teaching professor, arts, languages, and philosophy
  • Sheryl Hodges, assistant teaching professor, engineering management and systems engineering
  • Amardeep Kaur, assistant teaching professor, electrical and computer engineering
  • Merilee Krueger, associate teaching professor, psychological science
  • Jossalyn Larson, assistant teaching professor, English and technical communication
  • Nicolas Libre, assistant 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 2018 Faculty Teaching Award recipients:

  • Amber Henslee, associate professor, psychological science
  • Sarah Hercula, assistant professor, English and technical communication
  • Gary Mueller, associate professor, mining engineering
  • Julie Semon, assistant professor, biological sciences
  • Jeffrey Smith, professor, materials science and engineering
  • Greg Story, associate professor, physics
  • David Westenberg, associate professor, biological sciences

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 2018 Faculty Research Award recipients:

  • Mohamed ElGawady, professor, civil, architectural and environmental engineering
  • John Myers, professor, civil, architectural and environmental engineering
  • Jonathan Kimball, professor, electrical and computer engineering
  • Jonghyun Park, assistant professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Ulrich Jentschura, professor, physics
  • Fateme Rezaei, assistant professor, chemical and biochemical engineering
  • Fiona Nah, professor, business and information technology
  • Julia Medvedeva, professor, physics

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 2018 Faculty Service Award recipients:

  • Sahra Sedigh Sarvestani, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering
  • Irina Ivliyeva, professor, arts, languages, and philosphy
  • Mark Fitch, associate professor, civil, architectural and environmental engineering

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 2017-2018 Sustained Excellence in Outstanding Teaching Award recipients:

  • Petra DeWitt, assistant professor, history and political science
  • Stephen Gao, professor, geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering
  • Irina Ivliyeva, professor, arts, languages, and philosophy
  • Vy Khoi Le, professor, mathematics and statistics
  • John McManus, Curators' Professor, history and political science
  • Gary Mueller, associate professor, mining engineering
  • Joe Stanley, professor, electrical and computer engineering
  • Greg Story, associate professor, physics

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.

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 2018 Experiential Learning Award recipients:

  • Devin Burns, assistant professor, psychological science
  • Kathleen Sheppard, associate professor, history and political science
  • Jacob Sherry, manager of community standards and student leadership

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 Lieutenant Oscar Kemp of the University Police Department. Award recipients in 2017 were Jessica Haywood, student services coordinator, student life; and Daniel Oerther, professor,  civil, architectural and environmental engineering.

CEC Dean's Scholar and Dean's Educator Scholar Award

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

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. The 2018 recipient was Mingzhen Wei, associate professor, geosciences and geological and petroleum 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 2018 recipients were Ralph Flori, associate professor, geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering; Keith Nisbett, associate professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering; and Eric Showalter, teaching professor, civil, architectural and environmental engineering. 

In both award programs, nominations are extended by department chairs and selected by a five-person committee of senior CEC faculty. For more information, contact John J. Myers, CEC associate dean for academic affairs.


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.

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/. 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.