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Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Award Nomination

Timeline of Awards Process



October 1, 2020

Call for nomination letters for all awards.

November 5, 2020

Electronic nomination letters due to Alanna Ellis (

November 15, 2020

Selected nominees identified – Full PDF packet requested

December 10, 2020

Nominees must notify Academic programs if they accept or decline the nomination; email Alanna Ellis (

January 27, 2021

Electronic award packets due (PDF); email to Alanna Ellis (

January 31, 2021

Packets available for the selection committee on Academic Programs Awards Sharepoint site

February 17, 2021

Final ranking sheets from selection committee due; email to Alanna Ellis (


Faculty and Staff Award Reception


Award Eligibility

  • For individual awards, the nominee must be an employee of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) including staff, advisors, instructors, research faculty, and extension personnel. Any fractional appointment in the college during the year of the award nomination satisfies this criterion.
  • Adjunct appointees are not eligible (faculty with a regular appointment in one department of the college and adjunct appointment in another department either within or external to the college are eligible, providing they are the nominee of the department they primarily hold appointment).
  • The nominee has not been a prior recipient of the individual award for which he or she is a nominee. There shall be no repeat winners of the same individual award. However, a faculty or staff member may win more than one category of individual awards during his/her tenure with the college. Faculty/staff who have previously received an individual award within a category are also eligible for subsequent receipt of a team award. Similarly, faculty/staff who have previously received a team award are eligible to be a subsequent recipient of an individual award.
  • For Team Awards, at least three (3) of the faculty, staff, or AP members must be employees of CAHNRS or WSU. Non-employees are eligible as team members providing their activities were predominately associated with work done at WSU.
  • Only teams that are primarily funded through CAHNRS are eligible for team awards. Individuals not funded or on partial appointment in CAHNRS are not eligible for individual awards, but maybe part of a team that is nominated for a team award.

Nomination Process

  • We encourage administrators, faculty, staff, or students to nominate deserving candidates from their department in as many categories as possible; we request nominations be limited to one person per department per category.
  • Unit administrators, faculty, staff, club representatives, and students may submit a nomination packet. Nominations are not anonymous. Please discuss your intention to nominate a candidate with the department chair prior to submitting a letter to coordinate the process.
  • A nomination packet should include:
  • A prescreening committee will review the nomination letters and will choose three finalists for each award category. All finalists will receive a letter of acknowledgment from the Associate Dean, Academic Programs, and all finalists will be acknowledged at the Faculty and Staff Award Reception.
  • If the nominee chooses to accept the nomination, they will be invited to fill out an electronic application packet. Department chairs/directors are highly encouraged to provide each finalist with assistance and support so that the primary burden of packet preparation does not hinder their willingness to participate.
  • A Nominee Award Packet should include:

Faculty & Staff Award Packet Cover Sheet

□   a 150-word biography for the CAHNRS website

□   a high-resolution photo

□   the required application parts as outlined in the award descriptions below.


Faculty & Staff Award Nomination Form

Faculty & Staff Award Packet Cover Sheet

Team Award Nomination Form

Team Award Nomination Cover Sheet

Descriptions of each award can be found by clicking on the following links:


If you have questions, please contact Alanna Ellis (509-335-9115) in Academic Programs.