Awards & Recognition

College of Human Medicine awards are presented to faculty in the college as part of the Fall Faculty Meeting, New Faculty Welcome, and Awards Ceremony. For more information on the awards, contact Faith Peterson in the Dean’s Office.

Award nominations are reviewed by the Awards Subcommittee of the College Advisory Council, which then recommends the slate of nominations to the full College Advisory Council for approval. The exception is the Lester J. Evans, MD, CHM Distinguished Service Award – the dean selects the recipient in consultation with the CAC. Yearly nominations for each award are encouraged, however, there is no requirement that every award be presented every year.

Nomination Form


About the Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Award

    Outstanding Faculty Award

    The College of Human Medicine Outstanding Faculty Award recognizes outstanding service by the college faculty in the areas of teaching, research, clinical service, and public outreach. Nominations for the award may be submitted by a present or former faculty member, student or resident. If nominees for the College of Human Medicine Outstanding Faculty Award meet the university criteria, they may also be nominated for the MSU William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award (up to 3 nominations can be submitted by the college).

    Number Awarded: 1

    Deadline: April 15

    Each nominee will be assessed against the following principal criteria:

    • Evidence of exceptional instructional performance in a variety of settings including professional, graduate, and undergraduate students, curriculum development, development of innovative course material, scholarly work related to teaching, and academic advising.
    • Evidence of exceptional research, creative and scholarly activities in traditional, non-traditional or emerging areas with recognition that scholarly distinction can be demonstrated in a variety of ways such as creative synthesis, interpretation and application of existing knowledge, as well as discovery of new knowledge; OR evidence of exceptional clinical service.
    • Evidence of exceptional public outreach achievement in local, national or international settings that builds upon the faculty member’s professional expertise involving such external activities as consultation and technical assistance, policy analysis, organizing continuing medical education programs, program development and evaluation, and public information.
    • While not as important as the three criteria listed above, evidence of other contributions to Michigan State University, e.g., in academic administration and governance may also be considered by the Awards Subcommittee. Administrative excellence and length of service, however, should not be used as major criteria for nomination.
    • Generally, nominees have at least five years of service at Michigan State University.

     

    Eligibility: College of Human Medicine faculty with an appointment in the tenure, health programs (HP), or fixed term appointment systems.

  • Teacher-Scholar Award

    Teacher-Scholar Award 

    The College of Human Medicine Teacher/Scholar Award seeks to recognize junior faculty who, through achievements in the early stages of their MSU career, demonstrate outstanding potential to become distinguished faculty of College of Human Medicine in the future. Typical recipients have earned the respect of students and colleagues for their devotion to and skill in teaching. If nominees for the College of Human Medicine Teacher-Scholar Award meets the university criteria, they may also be nominated for the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award (up to 4 nominations can be submitted by the college).

    Number Awarded: 2

    • One award to a tenure system or health professions faculty member who will be eligible for the MSU Teacher-scholar award.
    • One award to a fixed-term faculty member who will not be eligible for the MSU Teacher-scholar award.

    Deadline: April 15

    Junior faculty nominees are evaluated on the following:

    • Instructional effectiveness as evidenced by impact on students
    • Use of innovative techniques and/or approaches in teaching
    • Scholarly promise
    • Public service/outreach activities

     

    Eligibility: The faculty member must hold the rank of assistant professor or associate professor in the tenure appointment system, have an appointment in the health programs appointment system, or have an appointment in the fixed term appointment system and, at the beginning of the award period, must have served on the faculty for at least two semesters but no more than seven academic years at Michigan State University. In addition, nominees must not have more than ten years of employment experience of all kinds since the receipt of the terminal degree applicable to their discipline. “Postdoc” appointments are not counted in determining eligibility.

  • Excellence in Teaching Award

    Excellence in Teaching Award

    The College of Human Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award seeks to recognize faculty and academic specialists who, through achievements in their MSU career, exemplify commitment to excellence in teaching. Typical recipients have earned the respect of students and colleagues for their devotion to and skill in teaching.

    Number Awarded: 1

    Deadline: April 15

    Criteria: Nominees are evaluated on the following

    • Evidence of exceptional instructional performance in a variety of settings including professional, graduate, and undergraduate students, curriculum development, development of innovative course material, scholarly work related to teaching, and academic advising.
    • Instructional and scholarly works and grants centered around teaching.
    • Evidence of mentoring and advising students and student interest groups.

     

    Eligibility: Open to all faculty engaged in teaching which includes faculty appointed in the tenure, health programs (HP), and fixed term systems and academic specialists at any career stage.

  • Outstanding Clinician Award

    Outstanding Clinician Award

    The College of Human Medicine Outstanding Clinician Award recognizes a faculty member who serves as a role model for the college's students and colleagues, especially in the performance of their clinical responsibilities. Nominations for the award must be submitted by a College of Human Medicine faculty member. Students, residents, house staff, clinical colleagues, and/or patients may be co-nominators.

    Number Awarded: 1

    Deadline: April 15

    Criteria: Nominees should exemplify the six professional responsibilities defining the College of Human Medicine Virtuous Professional: competence, honesty, compassion, respect for others, professional responsibility, and social responsibility.

    Eligibility: College of Human Medicine faculty with an appointment in the tenure, health programs (HP), or fixed term appointment systems. The nominee must be a College of Human Medicine clinician who performs clinical services for or on behalf of MSU; the nomination must be endorsed by the department or unit in which the nominee’s appointment resides.

  • Outstanding Community Faculty Award

    Outstanding Community Faculty Award

    Delivery of the college's educational programs is heavily dependent upon faculty who reside and work in communities throughout the state. The College of Human Medicine Outstanding Community Faculty Award honors a member of our community-based faculty for their significant contribution to the college. The recipient of this award is generally not employed by MSU but is committed to, and devotes significant time and effort to, an academic career, demonstrating academic and/or research excellence.

    Number Awarded: 1

    Deadline: April 15

    Criteria: The candidate must have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, or service.

    Eligibility: The nominee must have a current College of Human Medicine faculty appointment and generally is not employed directly by MSU; if employed by MSU, the MSU appointment must be less than 50%.

  • Outstanding Community Volunteer Faculty Award

    Outstanding Community Volunteer Faculty Award

    Delivery of the college's educational programs is heavily dependent upon faculty who reside and work in communities throughout the state. Of particular note and importance are those volunteer faculty who donate their time and energy to the college with no expectation of financial compensation. The College of Human Medicine Outstanding Community Volunteer Faculty Award recognizes a faculty member from one of our communities who serves as an outstanding role model in the college’s educational program.

    Number Awarded: 1

    Deadline: April 15

    Criteria: The candidate must have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, or service.

    Eligibility: The nominee must hold a College of Human Medicine clinical or adjunct (aka non-paid or volunteer) faculty appointment and not receive any requital for teaching, directly or indirectly, from MSU.

  • Junior Faculty Mentoring Award

    Junior Faculty Mentoring Award

    This award recognizes the outstanding mentor who successfully guides a junior faculty member(s) through their academic career path.

    Number Awarded: 1

    Deadline: April 15

    The candidate must have demonstrated excellence in mentoring junior faculty. The following criteria are to be addressed in nominations:

    1. Professional Development. Serves as an effective role model and resource for channeling energies into successful research, teaching and instructional navigation. Assists in expansion of a professional network and creates avenues of recognition for the mentee and their body of work. Works to clarify a balance of the mentee’s new duties as part of a faculty, department, college, university and professional field.
    2. Holistic balance. Respects and accepts the mentee as an individual in all aspects of life by expressing a genuine interest beyond the academic arena. This is exemplified by being a strong role model, serving as a resource for university support and encouraging the establishment and maintenance of a healthy balance of work and home life.

     

    Eligibility: College of Human Medicine faculty holding an appointment in the tenure, health programs (HP), or fixed term appointment systems. Nominations are accepted from the nominee’s supervisor, colleagues, or mentee(s).

  • Early Career Research Excellence Award

    Early Career Research Excellence Award

    This award recognizes early career faculty members who have demonstrated early success in basic science, clinical, epidemiological, or translational research. Particular consideration will be given to nominees who have enhanced the research stature of the college.

    Number Awarded: Up to 3 (1 to a physician-scientist, 2 to basic scientists)

    Deadline: April 15

    Criteria: The selection committee will consider the scope of the nominee’s research accomplishments (external funding, publications, etc.) in proportion to their allotted effort allocation for scholarly activity.

    Eligibility: The selection committee defines early career faculty to be those no more than ten (10) years after their first junior faculty (i.e., assistant professor) appointment at the College of Human Medicine. This award is intended for faculty with a current rank of assistant or associate professor.

  • Research Excellence Award

    Research Excellence Award

    This award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated sustained success in basic science, clinical, epidemiological, or translational research. This is demonstrated by a strong record of publications, grant funding, and national or international recognition. Particular consideration will be given to nominees who have enhanced the research stature of the college.

    Number Awarded: Up to 2

    Deadline: April 15

    Criteria: The selection committee will consider the scope of the nominee’s research accomplishments in proportion to their allotted time for scholarly activity within their faculty appointment.

    Eligibility: The selection committee will consider sustained and longitudinal research over the course of a career. This award is not intended for early career faculty.

  • Outstanding Curriculum Contribution Award

    Outstanding Curriculum Contribution Award

    This award recognizes College of Human Medicine faculty members who have made innovative or exceptional contributions to the development of the college’s curriculum.

    Number Awarded: 2

    Deadline: April 15

    Criteria: The selection committee will consider student feedback and/or performance in curriculum contribution.

    Eligibility: College of Human Medicine faculty in any appointment system of any rank.

  • Lester J. Evans, MD, CHM Distinguished Service Award

    Lester J. Evans, MD, CHM Distinguished Service Award

    The Lester J. Evans, MD, Distinguished Service Award is granted to recognize those individuals who have made major and enduring contributions to the development of the College of Human Medicine. Past winners have included former deans of the college, individuals who have founded a department, faculty who have developed or promoted innovative educational programs, and individuals who have helped to shape a community network.

    Number Awarded: 1

    Deadline: April 15

    Criteria: Accomplishments and impact at a standard of “Lifetime Achievement.”

    Eligibility: Any faculty member who holds or has held a faculty appointment of any type in College of Human Medicine or any current or former staff may be considered for the award. The dean of the College of Human Medicine, in consultation with the College Advisory Council, will select the recipient of the award. A letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s contributions to the college should be submitted to the dean for consideration. There is no nomination form for this award.

  • Distinguished Academic Staff Award

    Distinguished Academic Staff Award

    The College of Human Medicine Distinguished Academic Staff Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of those professionals who serve the university and the college as academic specialists, providing contributions in advising, curriculum development, teaching, outreach and/or research. Nominations may be initiated by faculty, colleagues, administrators, alumni, students, and faculty or student organizations. Self-nominations are also welcome. If nominees for the College of Human Medicine Distinguished Academic Staff Award meet the university criteria, they may also be nominated for the MSU Distinguished Academic Staff Award (there is no limit to the number of nominations that can be made by the college).

    Number Awarded: 1

    Deadline: April 15

    Nominees shall have a sustained record of excellence in one of the areas listed above and will reflect the values of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Nominees will be assessed using the following general criteria:

    • Evidence of excellence and widely recognized academic unit contributions in areas such as advising, curriculum development, teaching, outreach, and/or research.
    • Evidence of innovative and creative contributions through individual or team membership efforts in the areas of advising, curriculum development, teaching, outreach, and/or research, and related administrative involvement that reflects excellence and promotes the mission of the university.

     

    Eligibility: The nominee must be a member of the academic staff appointed as an academic specialist in the College of Human Medicine for a minimum of ten (10) years of continuous service.

  • Excellence-in-Teaching Citation (Graduate Teaching Assistant)

    Excellence-in-Teaching Citation (Graduate Teaching Assistant)

    Based on university criteria, this award recognizes graduate teaching assistants who have distinguished themselves by the care they have given and the skill they have shown in meeting their classroom responsibilities.

    Up to 7 nominations from the College of Human Medicine

    Deadline: April 15

  • Exceptional Support Staff Award

    COLLEGE OF HUMAN MEDICINE SUPPORT STAFF AWARDS

    The College of Human Medicine is committed to recognizing outstanding, dedicated support staff by awarding individuals that demonstrate excellence in the services they provide to our CHM communities. The CHM Dean’s Support Staff Advisory Committee (DSSAC) is accepting nominations for any regular CHM (or affiliated*) support staff employees (on-call, temporary, and student employees are ineligible).

    *For example, an IT manager may technically be an employee of the MSU IT organization, but they “live and breathe” in a CHM unit and function as a CHM team member. (Feel free to reach out to inquire about eligibility to the committee if unsure.)

    Nominations will be due by October 17, 2022, at 5:00 pm. Completed nomination packets and any additional questions can be sent to CHM.DSA@msu.edu.

    Exceptional Support Staff Award

    Description

    Intended to recognize up to 2 support staff members that exemplify and embrace the service mission of CHM by providing outstanding service to our communities and displaying exemplary work performance.

    Mode of Recognition

    The recipient(s) of this award will be recognized at the CHM Annual Awards Banquet (or a similar venue), be invited to have lunch with the Dean and other award recipients and receive a $1,000 lump sum payment.

    Selection Criteria

    1. Must be employed or affiliated with the CHM organization for at least one year past probation.
    2. Must embody a commitment to excellence, service and leadership and exhibit professionalism, positivity, and lead by example (role-model).
    3. Routinely exceeds expectations of those they report to, work with, and provide supervision to.
    4. Demonstrates dedication to advancing the DEI missions of their unit, the college, university, and community.

    Nomination Process

    Nominations are due by October 17, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    * Incomplete and late packages will not be accepted.

    Nominations must be submitted by an MSU community member (staff member, student, supervisor, faculty member, or department chair). The nominator must submit the following:

    1. Required Materials:
      1. Name of nominator, name of nominee, unit the nominee works in, and name of their immediate supervisor.
      2. Up to three additional letters of support from other MSU community members (staff, student, faculty, supervisor).
      3. Submit email with required information and letters (as attachments) to DSA@msu.edu by 5:00pm on October 17, 2022.

    Selection

    1. Awardee(s) will be decided by majority vote within the CHM DSSAC awards subcommittee.
    2. CHM DSSAC awards subcommittee will review all nomination packages and provide the selected awardee(s) to the Dean, for final endorsement.
    3. Awardees and their nominators will be contacted by the chair of the DSSAC by end of October 2022.

Past Recipients

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