Policy on Distinguished Scholar Award

Deadline: June 15


The College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes one individual with a body of outstanding scholarly accomplishments that has had an impact on the field.


  1. Individual must be a full-time, board-appointed, tenured faculty member with a minimum of seven years of service in the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University.
  2. Individuals may win the award once in a five-year period.

Nature of the award

  1. A maximum of one award per year.
  2. The winner will receive a one-time faculty professional development award of $1,000 for professional development purposes, payable out of the college facilities and administration account.
  3. The winner will be recognized during the State of the College address.

Nomination procedure

  1. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague.
  2. Nomination materials must include a current curriculum vitae and a letter from the nominee addressing the significance of their body of scholarship and the impact of the scholarship on the field. Nominees should keep in mind that the review committee is comprised of faculty from various departments, and, hence the letter should avoid discipline-specific language and clearly situate the scholarship in the larger context.
  3. Nomination materials must be submitted as one PDF document that includes the letter followed by the CV. Materials must be received by 5 p.m. on June 15 at tate-center@wmich.edu.

Selection criteria

  1. Body of scholarship demonstrates significant impact on the nominee’s field.
  2. Wide recognition in the field.

Review committee

The review committee will be comprised of the Tate center advisory committee. The Frostic Endowed Chair of the Tate center will chair the committee. The winner of the award will also serve on the committee the year after they receive the award. Committee members are not eligible to receive the award.

Final decision

The review committee makes a recommendation to the dean of the college for final approval.