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Early Career Excellence Award Nomination Guidelines

Intention: The purpose of this award is to acknowledge outstanding contributions in research, teaching and/or extension in any CAHNRS discipline during the early phases of a faculty member’s academic career.  Eligible candidates must have less than ten years of experience in a faculty appointment.

  1. Prescreening Application Nomination Letter

    Submit the Faculty & Staff Award Nomination Form as well as a one-page electronic letter outlining the justification for the nomination and outlining the individual’s award-worthy accomplishments to Alanna Ellis in Academic Programs, acellis@wsu.edu.

  2. Award Packet Guidelines

    If you are selected as a finalist, you will be asked to prepare a final packet. Page format is as follows:

    Submit one electronic PDF document that includes each of the following numbered documents and email the PDF to Alanna Ellis in Academic Programs, acellis@wsu.edu. Save and send the document with the following format: nominee’s name-Early Career Excellence Award.

    1. Award Cover Form
      The award cover form can be found by clicking on the following: Faculty & Staff Award Packet Cover Sheet
    2. Summary
      A narrative summary not exceeding three (3) single-spaced pages (Times New Roman, 12 point) detailing:

      1. Description of research, teaching and/or extension contributions. Specifically address the following aspects of selected categories:

      a. Quality, creativity and impact of teaching activities at the undergraduate or graduate levels.

      b. Effectiveness/influence of extension and public service activities.

      c. Significance and originality of basic or applied research activities.

      2. Effectiveness as a mentor to undergraduates, graduate students, peers and/or public sector organizations.

      3. Contribution to enhancement of overall department, unit, or college:
      — Leadership
      — Collegial activities
      — Service contributions

    3. Professional Achievements
      List of the nominee’s most significant professional accomplishments, including awards and other professional achievements. Not to exceed one single-spaced page.
    4. Letters
      These letters should be organized into categories — department chair/director (required), peers, current and former students/clientele or other with no more than two (2) letters in each category. If the chair or director nominated the individual, that letter can suffice for the required letter in this section. Do not exceed seven (7) letters total. Letters of support should be included in the single PDF document.
    5. 150 Word Biography for CAHNRS Website
    6. A High Resolution Photo
  3. Selection Process

    Selection committees review the award nominations and make their recommendations to the Associate Dean, Academic Programs.

  4. Awards Process

    Announcement – All employee candidates who have been nominated will be notified prior to the event of the decision. A formal announcement will be made at the CAHNRS Faculty & Staff Awards Reception. No other public announcements will be made until after the event banquet.