Faculty and Staff Awards


Distinguished Service Award

This award, first given in 1980, recognizes exceptional service in one or more of the following categories:

  • Service through innovative and effective programs which are academic, or related to another facet of University life, such as programs that serve students, faculty, or staff in an important and unique way
  • Service in areas and organizations that contribute to the growth and stature of the University
  • Service that extends the impact and presence of the University into larger communities

The service must affect a significant segment of the University community. The awards is usually given for a body of service, rather than a single activity or achievement.

Call for Nominations (Submission of nominations for this award closes April 1, 2014)

Distinguished Service Award Recipients - Faculty

Sisay Asefa
Yousef Alavi
Thomas C. Bailey
John Benson
Donald Blasch
Arvon Byle
Sterling Breed
Donald Bullock
Mary Cain
Robert Erickson
Eileen Evans
R. Wayne Fuqua
John Hanley
Barbara Havira
David Houghton
Robert Kaufman
Alan E. Kehew
Peter Krawutschke
George Mallinson
Gary Mathews
Ralph Miller
Donna Oas
Richard Oxhandler
Claude Phillips
Paul Ponchillia
James Powell
David Rozelle
James Sanders
Visho Sharma
C. Deniss Simpson
Dean Tyndall
Shirley VanHoeven
Lewis Walker
Robert A. Wertkin


Distinguished Service Award Recipients - Staff

Dennis Boyle
Griselda Daniel
George Demetrakopolous
Tony O. Dennis
Joyce DeRight
Carl Doubleday
Charlotte Giscombe
Arlen Gullickson
Edward Harkenrider
Jolene Jackson
John Kundel
Laura Latulippe
Sue Oole
Rob Pennock
Sally Pippen
Abraham Poot
Geraldine Schma
Hazel Starcher
Marie Stevens
Jan Van Der Kley
Martha Warfield
Toni Woolfork-Barnes
Christine Zimmer


Distinguished Teaching Award

Initiated in 2006, the Distinguished Teaching Award is the highest honor given by the University to recognize faculty members for their work. A similar honors program, the WMU Alumni Association Teaching Excellence program, ran at the University between 1966 and 2001 and honored 131 faculty members during that time.

Each year Western Michigan Univeristy recognizes outstanding teaching by awarding one or more Distinguished Teaching Awards. Outstanding teaching is not fixed in form or venue and is not easily assessed. Whether instruction takes place in lecture courses, seminars, or laboratories or whether it is pitched at introductory or advanced levels, exceptional pedagogy is marked by the active, critical role of the instructor and mentor whose demanding presence fosters critical thinking and inspires students to engage the quest for knowledge as a value in itself and as a craft.

Call for Nominations (Submission of nominations for this award closes April 1, 2014)

Online Distinguished Teaching Award Nomination Form

Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients

2013 - Holly J. Nibert, Paul R. Solomon, Sarah E. Summy
2012 - Jon R. Adams, Richard Malott
2011 - Donald F. Cooney, Karen M. Lancendorfer, Maureen Mickus
2010 - Grace C. Tiffany, Philip G. Walcott, Stephen W. Wolfinbarger
2009 - Chad Edwards, Peter E. Parker
2008 - Mary Z. Anderson
2007 - Richard Gershon, Trent Kynaston, Jennifer Palthe
2006 - Irma M. Lopez, Suhashni "Sushi" Datta-Sandhu


WMU Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Recipients

2001 - Mary L. Dawson, Carolyn J. Harris
2000 - Alyce M. Dickinson, Alexander J. Enyedi
1999 - Ronald B. Chase, Frank M. Gambino
1998 - E. Thomas Lawson, Greg Roehrick
1997 - Jorge M. Febles, Katherine Joslin
1996 - Yousef Alavi, Wendy L. Cornish
1995 - Elwood Ehrle, Robert Griffin
1994 - Joseph Buckley, Bob White
1993 - David Karsten, Edward Mayo, Cecil McIntire
1992 - Susan Caringella-MacDonald, Richard Cooper, Lyda Stillwell
1991 - Constantine Gianakaris, Gerald Hardie, Harold Ray
1990 - Arnold Johnston, Richard Keaveny
1989 - Alan Brown, Robert Felkel, Leo Stevenson
1988 - James Burns, Zahir Quraeshi, Arthur White
1987 - Max Benne, Gary Chartrand, Meshulam Groper
1986 - John Fisher, Gilbert Hutchings, Roy Olton, Shirley Scott
1985 - Betty Deshler, Alonzo Hannaford, Alan Isaak, Larry Oppliger, Ernest Stech
1984 - Raymond Alie, Clara Gamble, Jack Michael, Steven Rhodes, David Rozelle
1983 - Mary Ann Bush, Elizabeth Giedeman, Gilda Greenberg, A.D. Issa, Uldis Smidchens
1982 - Ralph Chandler, M. Joanne Mohr, Richard Pippen, Visho Sharma, Kathleen Sinning
1981 - Ronald Kramer, Andrew Powell, George Robeck, Nancy Steinhaus, Roger Wallace
1980 - Lowell Crow, Jack Humbert, Louis Junker, Phyllis Rappeport, Archie Watson
1979 - Shirley Bach, Thomas Deckard, Linda Delene, Oscar Horst, Robert Neubig
1978 - Thomas Carey, Stanley Derby, Dale King, Charles Smith, Michael Swords
1977 - Harold Bate, Sherwood Cordier, Harry Hefner
1976 - Zane Cannon, Martin Cohen, Cameron Lambe, Fred Orlofsky, Shirley VanHoeven
1975 - Wade Adams, Lee Baker, Paul Friday, Gale Newell, David Rozelle
1974 - Thomas Gossman, Paul Maier, Lurette McCray, George Stegman, Jess Walker
1973 - Lewis Carlson, Raymond Deur, James Daniels, Charles Houston, Mary Lous Stewart
1972 - Gene Booker, Edward Heinig, Herb Jones, Alice Lewis, Dorothy McGinnis, Leo VanderBeek
1971 - Robert Barstow, Dorothy Bladt, William Buys, James Casey, Jean Malmstrom, Lewis Walker
1970 - Donald Bouma, Jean Friedel, Darrell Jones, Richard Pippen, Rudolf Siebert, Dean Tyndall
1969 - Clara Chiara, Edwin Grossnickle, Howard Mowen
1968 - Willis Dunbar, Ken Macrorie, Herman Rothfuss
1967 - David Adams, Charles Brown, Margaret Macmillan
1966 - William Morrison


Emerging Faculty Scholar Award

The Emerging Scholar Award program was launched in late 2006 to acknowledge the accomplishments of WMU faculty members who are among the rising stars in the U.S. higher education. This award recognizes the scholarly or creative achievements of outstanding colleagues whose accomplishments are evidence of great potential for scholarship or creative work. Eligible faculty are all those current, continuing, full-time, Board-appointed, tenured persons with faculty rank and in good standing, who were tenured no earlier than January, 2010. Untenured faculty members are ineligible.

Scholarship or creative activity may be artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, scientific, or technical. Current scholarly/creative achievement shall demonstrate:

  • Impact on the state of scholarship or advancement of knowledge in the discipline
  • Impact beyond the discipline or on the general public
  • Evidence of international professional recognition
  • Evidence of outstanding promise to achieve renown in continuing work

Call for Nomination (Submission of nominations for this award closes April 1, 2014)

Emerging Faculty Scholar Award Recipients

2013 - Chris L.S. Coryn, Michael A. Famiano, Kristina Wirtz
2012 - Jeffery Angles, Charles Henderson, Sherine Obare
2011 - Eli Rubin
2010 - Yirong Mo, Bilinda Straight
2009 - G. Michael Grammer, Taskashi Yoshida
2008 - Kuanchin Chen, Jennifer Machiorlatti
2007 - Mitch Kachun, Carla M. Koretsky, Kirk T. Korista


Visiting Scholars and Artists Program

Established in 1960, the Visiting Scholars and Artists Program makes important contributions to the intellectual life of Western Michigan University. This program provides funds for academic units to bring distinguished scholars and artists to campus. These visitors meet with faculty and students in their fields and address the community at large. Since the program began, it has supported over 600 visits by scholars and artists representing more than sixty-seven academic disciplines.

If you are a faculty member who wishes to nominate a scholar or artist for the 2014-2015 academic year, please use the "Application" links for your convenience.

2014-2015 VSAP Brochure

Application Procedure 2014-2015

Application Form 2014-2015 (Submission of nominations closes April 18, 2014)

Visiting Scholars and Artists Program Committee
Dr. Elke Schoffers, Chair Chemistry; elke.schoffers@wmich.edu; 269-387-2265
Tonya Dean, Office of Assessment and Undergraduate Studies; tonya.dean@wmich.edu; 269-387-0397


Contact Tonya Dean for more information; tonya.dean@wmich.edu; 269-387-0397


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