College Awards

Community Excellence Service Award

Eligibility: Faculty and staff who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving our Aggie Community based on the criteria found in the Aggie Community Award categories: customer service, behind the scenes impact, collaborator, and Aggie pride. Previously recognized Aggie Community Award winners within the same academic year are eligible to receive the Service Award.

Note: Multiple nominees can be recognized in this category including one recipient whose impact is “outreach/engagement” focused where there efforts are directed towards and impact experienced by external CAS/AES stakeholder audiences.

Application Materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application.
  • At least two letters of support from individuals who can address the nominee’s service activities (does not have to be CAS faculty or staff). External Outreach/Engagement nominees are encouraged to have at least one letter of support from stakeholder audience member addressing the nominee’s impact.

Community Excellence Service Award nominations submitted here

National Association of College and Teachers (NACTA)/Charles N. Shepardson Meritorious Teaching Award

Eligibility: a CSU faculty member teaching agriculture related courses in agronomy, animal sciences, agriculture and resource economics, entomology, horticulture, plant pathology, weed science, and vocational agriculture related disciplines. Nominees must be current members of the academic faculty as described in section E. 1 of the Academic Faculty and Administrative Professional Manual. Nominees must have teaching experience of seven or more years.

Application materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application.
  • Formal instructor evaluations and 3-5 course evaluations
  • At least two letters of recommendation from students and/or faculty and staff that attests to the impact of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

NACTA Meritorious Teaching Award nominations submitted here

Faculty Teaching Award

Eligibility: a current CAS faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching of agriculture-related courses at CSU within the past academic year.

Application materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application.
  • Formal instructor evaluations and 3-5 course evaluations
  • At least two letters of recommendation from students and/or faculty and staff that attests to the impact of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

Faculty Teaching Award nominations submitted here

Graduate Student Teaching Award

Eligibility: a currently enrolled (as of spring 2017) graduate student in CAS who has demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching of agriculture related courses at CSU within the past academic year.

Application materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application.
  • Formal instructor evaluations and 3-5 course evaluations
  • At least two letters of recommendation from students and/or faculty and staff that attests to the impact of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

Academic Advising Award

The College of Agricultural Sciences Advising Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates excellence in academic advising. The award will be presented to a faculty member or Administrative Professional who has advised, provided aid, and encouraged students in their agriculture-related education. Nominees will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Availability to advisees/students, faculty, or staff
  • Ability to engage in, promote, and support developmental advising
  • Evidence of academic advising that supports the CAS mission
  • Caring and helpful attitude toward advisees and other faculty
  • Perception by colleagues of nominee’s advising skills
  • Monitoring of student progress toward academic and career goals

ELIGIBILITY:

Nominees that aid undergraduate and graduate students in their academic and career goals through promotion and support of programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences are eligible. Nominees must be a faculty member or Administrative Professional with 3 or more academic years advising experience.

RECOGNITION: The College of Agricultural Sciences Advising Award will be presented at the College of Agricultural Sciences recognition reception held in the spring semester. The recipient will receive a monetary award and a plaque.

NOMINATION PROCEDURES:

Nominations must include:

  • A letter of support from the Department Head or supervisor
  • Two letters of support from students advised by the nominee that addresses the specific criteria for the award.
  • A self-evaluation by the nominee describing his/her professional advising activities including academic advising philosophy
  • Vitae/resume not to exceed 4 total pages

An individual may not receive the award more than once in 5 years.

Research Contributors Award

Eligibility: Faculty, research associates, staff – including non-student hourly employees, and graduate students both campus-based and research center (AES) based who contribute towards ongoing CAS research projects and make significant impact on research outcomes.

Application Materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application.
  • At least two letters of recommendation that address the significant contributions and impact of the nominee to the research project’s outcomes.

Research Contributors Award nominations submitted here

Team Research Award

Eligibility: Team of at least two members; one from CAS and a minimum of one faculty who demonstrates a record of collaborative, interdisciplinary research and scholarly activities that has contributed to the advancement of science and achieved a positive impact on end users. The research program/project should be recognized nationally and/or internationally.

Application Materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head summarizing the nominees’ qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application.
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the impact of the research and the contributions of the research team members on the project.
  • A self-evaluation from the team describing the significant contributions and impact of the research that lists research outcomes – examples include grants, new policies, peer reviewed journal articles, graduate students completed during the lifetime of the project.

Team Research Award nominations submitted here

Agricultural Student Leadership Award

Eligibility: a currently enrolled (as of spring 2017) CAS undergraduate with senior standing who has demonstrated outstanding leadership ability during their undergraduate career through employment, activities, and organizations in CAS and CSU related to agricultural sciences and has maintained a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

NOTE: The winner of the Agricultural Student Leadership Award will be offered the opportunity to provide the student remarks at Commencement. The winner will have first right of refusal; acceptance of the commencement speaking engagement is NOT a requirement of the award winner and application materials do not have to attest to the student’s speaking abilities/experience.

Application Materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application – including verification of the minimum GPA requirement.
  • At least two letters of recommendation from faculty and/or staff who can attest to the student’s impact as a leader within the nominee’s department, college, and University.

Agricultural Student Leadership Award nominations submitted here

Previous Winners

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Advising Award

2016 No recipient

2015 No recipient

2014 Addy Elliot-Soil and Crop Sciences

2013 James Pritchett-DARE

2012 Kellie Enns-DARE

Outstanding Research Award

2016 Meagan Schipanski-Soil and Crop Sciences

2015 Joleen Hadrich-DARE

2014 Dustin Pendell-DARE

2013 Stephan Kroll-DARE

2012 Craig Bond-DARE

Team Research Award

2016 Land Use and Greenhouse Gas Research Team

2015 Center for Meat Safety and Quality

2014 Wheat Breeding Program

2013 Colorado Potato Cultivar Development Team

2012 Water Team

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Outstanding Service Award

2016 Joanna Holliday, ABC

2015 No recipient

2014 Brad Goetz-Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

2013 Dawn Thilmany-DARE

2012 Marshall Frasier-DARE

Lee Sommers Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Career Award

2015 Howard Schwartz, Bioag Sciences & Pest Management

2014 Temple Grandin, Animal Sciences

2013 John Sofos, Animal Sciences

2012 John Loomis, DARE

2011 Gary Peterson, Soil and Crop Sciences

2010 Dwayne Westfall, Soil and Crop Sciences

2009 Cecil Stushnoff, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

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