Faculty and staff excellence awards
Excellence in Teaching Award
The Excellence in Teaching Award is given annually to a member of the faculty or instructional and/or research academic staff who, in the opinion of alumni, has stimulated students to high standards of scholarship, both in and out of the classroom, and have inspired active interest in learning and in self- improvement. Faculty and instructional and/or research academic staff with 50 percent or more teaching responsibilities (per position control) and who have been employed at the university for at least one year prior to the year during which the balloting is being done are eligible for consideration. Faculty/staff who have received the award within the immediate 10-year period are ineligible.
Alumni from the most recent graduating class do not receive ballots. Those from the next three most recent graduating classes are eligible to vote. They indicate first, second and third choices selected from the list of eligible faculty and instructional and/or research academic staff.
Since the award was first given in 1966, 33 recipients have been honored. Currently, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides a $1,500 award for the recipient.
Excellence in Advising Award – Owen Marshall Advisor of the Year Award
The Excellence in Advising Award is given annually to a member of the faculty or instructional academic staff who, in the opinion of the Faculty Awards Committee, has put forth exceptional effort to establish excellence in academic advising at UW-Eau Claire. Nominations are evaluated on the evidence of effective advising qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding academic adviser.
All faculty and instructional academic staff who hold "faculty status" are eligible for consideration. Nominations are initially made by a committee of the Student Senate. Then the Faculty Awards Committee evaluates the nominations, solicits supporting materials which are due to the Chancellor's office by May 1, and forwards its final recommendation to the chancellor. Nominees' files are automatically included in the Faculty Awards Committee's annual review for three years unless withdrawal is requested or an award is received.
Currently, an award stipend of $1,500 from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation accompanies the announcement of the award at the fall meeting of the faculty and academic staff.
Excellence in Scholarship Award and Excellence in Service Award for University Faculty
The Excellence in Scholarship and Excellence in Service Awards are given annually to members of the university faculty who, in the opinion of their colleagues, meet the criteria for outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship and service.
The term "scholarship" is understood in this context to include research, creative works, and other products of scholarly activity. Examples include publications in journals and books, creative writing, visual arts, composition, artistic performance, or presentations at symposia and conferences. Evidence of this activity will include its contribution to defining the university's standard for excellence including achievement, innovation, and productivity. Recipients of this award will have made significant contributions to learning and earned the esteem of distinguished colleagues within the field of study.
The term "service" is understood in this context to involve initiatives beyond the university which demonstrate responsibility to the broader community. Examples include individual activities which help the university relate to the community, state, and nation through leadership in organizations, volunteer work, and other public service. Evidence of this activity will include its contribution to defining the university's standard for excellence, including impact, innovation, and productivity. Recipients of this award will be recognized for contributions made to society through higher education and will have earned the esteem of distinguished colleagues.
Any member of the university faculty is eligible to be nominated for the awards; and any member of the faculty, academic staff, administration, or student body may make a nomination. All nominations are solicited and received by the University Awards Committee which is appointed by the chancellor from recommendations by the University Nominating Committee. Any member of the university faculty may serve on the Awards Committee. The committee evaluates the nominations for each award and forwards its selections to the chancellor.The awards were established in 1984. Currently, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides $1,500 for each award recipient.
Excellence in Performance Award for Administrative and Professional Academic Staff
The Excellence in Performance Award is given annually to a member of the administrative and professional academic staff who, in the opinion of his or her colleagues, excels in the areas of performance and service. Excellence in performance is the primary criterion for the award, but evidence of outstanding service to the university beyond the scope of university employment enhances a nomination. Any member of the administrative and professional academic staff is eligible to be nominated for the award; and any member of the academic staff, faculty, administration, or student body may make a nomination.
All nominations are solicited and received by the Academic Staff Awards Committee, which is appointed by the chancellor from recommendations by the Academic Staff Nominating Committee. Any member of the administrative and professional academic staff may serve on the Awards Committee. The committee evaluates the nominations for each award and forwards its selections to the chancellor.The first Excellence in Performance Award was awarded in 1987. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation currently provides $1,500 for the award recipient.
Classified Staff Excellence in Performance Award
This award is presented annually to a member of the classified staff who, in the opinion of colleagues, excels in performance and service to the university. Find more information on the classified staff website.