Recognition Where Recognition is Due

Recognition where recognition is dueA little over a week ago we honored our faculty and staff who had reached a length of service milestone at PSU of 20, 25, 30 or 35 years of service. The Length of Service Award Celebration and Reception was held in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom (SMSU). We packed the room as many came to honor sixty-nine of our fellow colleagues for their significant achievement and contribution to Portland State University. We heard, in their own words, about their memories and fond moments at PSU.

Formal and informal, recognition of employees is an important means for an organization to acknowledge individual contributions. The ceremony was recognition based on years of dedicated service—a total of 1,725 years collectively!

Two weeks ago we also announced that nominations are being accepted for nine excellence awards. Yes, nine! Eight for outstanding faculty and one for an academic professional or administrator. This is the largest number of awards we have ever given and signals the important recognition of faculty and staff achievement. The recipient of each award receives a citation and a $1,500 taxable honorarium.

We need your help
Recognizing one’s own colleagues for their achievements is one of the best awards faculty and staff members can receive. Your nominations are critical to the process. Why not take the time to share with the evaluation committees what makes your colleagues special? I suspect each of you knows of individuals deserving of recognition in one (or more) of the nine categories.

I challenge all former awardees to nominate at least one individual for an award. What better way to show how much these awards mean then to promote a well-deserving colleague?

The Awards
Traditionally, PSU has had four awards:

Three research excellence awards were added last year by Research and Strategic Partnerships to acknowledge the important role research plays in faculty recognition.

  • Junior Faculty Research Excellence Award
  • Senior Faculty Research Excellence Award
  • Research Faculty Research Excellence Award

This year, two awards were added by the PSU Foundation to recognize the role faculty members play in helping with PSU’s and the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts.

How do I nominate?
Nomination letters for all nine awards are due March 20, and complete nomination packets are due April 17. Awards descriptions and submission details are available at the Office of Academic Affairs.

Send nominations for the Millar, Hoffmann, Butler, and Cumpston Awards to Shelly Chabon in care of:

Send nominations for the Research Excellence Awards to Mark Sytsma in care of:

Send nominations for the Foundation Awards to Kristin Coppola in care of

Award recognition
All faculty award recipients will be honored a luncheon on PSU commencement day, June 14 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Faculty may RSVP for the lunch when you sign up for commencement. The recognition portion of the program will take place from 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

We could use more awards!
The Length of Service Awards and the faculty and staff excellence awards are valuable forms of recognition. I know there are also a number of divisions, colleges/schools and departments that recognize employees with awards and certificates. I urge all of us to think about ways we can create a culture of recognition and increase both our formal and informal recognition we bestow for all categories of colleagues. We have fabulous employees and we should celebrate their accomplishments.

*May 2015 Update: This year awards were made to nine individuals for eight excellence awards for outstanding faculty and an academic professional. We had a record number of nominations and this is the largest number of awards ever given and signals the important recognition of faculty and staff achievement. See additional updates on Academic Affairs site.

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