AWARDS

Celebrating Our AgFamily

Every year, we set aside a special time to recognize and award members of our College for their outstanding excellence in teaching, research, and leadership.

We encourage you to take a moment and nominate an outstanding individual in our College. Browse our awardees and use the submission instructions listed in the corresponding accordions to nominate a deserving recipient.

 

Submitting Award Nominations

Nominations are due by 5:00 PM, on March 24, 2022.  Please submit the nomination as a single PDF to cas_deanmain@mail.colostate.edu

  • Subject Line: 2022 CAS Awards – Nominee’s Last Name
  • Nomination Attachment File Name: AwardName_NomineeLastName_2022

The AES and CAS Awards Committee will review nominations and select the awardee

AES and CAS Awards Recognition Ceremony

 All nominees and recipients will be recognized at the AES and CAS Awards Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Please encourage your nominee(s) to attend the ceremony.

Please direct any questions to cas_deanmain@mail.colostate.edu or (970) 491-6274.

The Charles N. Shepardson Awards

Graduate Student Teaching Award Submission Instructions

Graduate Student Teaching Award

Eligibility: a currently enrolled (as of spring 2022) graduate student in CAS who has demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching of courses at CSU within the past academic year.

NOTE: The Graduate Student Teaching Award will be awarded to one Master’s student and one doctoral student.

Application materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head or supervisor summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application.
  • A summary of the graduate assistant’s teaching philosophy (not to exceed 1 page, single spaced)
  • Formal instructor evaluation(s) of the graduate student by their supervisor.
  • At least two letters of recommendation from students, faculty*, and/or staff^ who can attest to the impact of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

Faculty Teaching Under 10 Years Award Submission Instructions

Eligibility: a current CAS faculty* member, with under 10 years teaching experience at CSU, who has demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching of courses at CSU within the past academic year.

NOTE: The Faculty Teaching Award will be awarded to one tenure track faculty* member and one continuing, contract, or adjunct faculty* member.

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.
  • Supervisor’s formal evaluation of instructor based on student success in the classroom.
  • A summary of the faculty* member’s teaching philosophy and investment in teaching (not to exceed 1 page, single spaced)
  • At least two letters of recommendation from students, faculty*, and/or staff^ who can attest to the impact of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

North American College and Teachers of Agriculture and Charles N. Shepardson Meritorious Teaching Award Submission Instructions

Eligibility: a CSU faculty* member teaching courses in soil and crop sciences, animal sciences, agriculture and resource economics, entomology, horticulture, plant pathology, weed science, landscape architecture, and agricultural education-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.
  • Supervisor’s formal evaluation of instructor based on student success in the classroom and extracurricular activities.
  • A summary of the faculty* member’s teaching philosophy and investment in teaching (not to exceed 1 page, single spaced)
  • At least two letters of recommendation from students, faculty*, and/or staff^ who can attest to the impact of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

Charles N. Shepardson Student Leadership Award Submission Instructions

Eligibility: a currently enrolled (as of spring 2022) CAS undergraduate student 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 Charles N. Shepardson 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. 

CAS/AES Awards

Excellence in Collaborative Research Award

Eligibility: Team of at least two members; one from CAS/AES and a minimum of one faculty* member who demonstrates a record of collaborative, interdisciplinary research and scholarly activities that have 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 and may be multidisciplinary. 

Application Materials: 

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head/Deputy Director of AES summarizing the nominee’s 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, and graduate students who completed research during the lifetime of the project. 

Outstanding Contributions to Student Success Award

The Outstanding Community Engagement Scholarship Awards recognize exemplary engaged scholarship by CAS/AES faculty*, staff^ (including non-student hourly employees), graduate students, both campus-based and research center (AES) based, and their community partner(s) in the following two categories: 

Emerging Community Engagement Scholarship Award 

Eligibility: A relatively new initiative (less than three years) that has shown potential for long-term impact, achievement and scholarship d. 

Distinguished Community Engagement Scholarship Award  

Eligibility: A collaboration, project, or program with a long-term record (minimum of three years) of sustained impact, achievement, and scholarship. 

The Carnegie Foundation describes community engagement as “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”  See Appendix A for types and examples of community-engaged scholarship.  

Application Materials: 

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s/team’s supervisor or community collaborator summarizing the significant contributions and impact of the community-engaged initiative and the following elements and includes a list of supplemental materials. 
  • How the partnership intentionally studies and/or addresses community issues and concerns, jointly derives solutions, and then disseminates what was discovered and/or accomplished. 
  • The issue, its significance, the relationship between CSU and community, and how reciprocity is a part of the relationship. 
  • Benefits for both university and community partners 
  • At least two letters of recommendation that address the significant contributions and impact of the community-engaged initiative, including at least one from a community partner or consortium of partners  

Outstanding Contributions to Research and Scholarship Award

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

NOTE: The Outstanding Contributions to Research and Scholarship Award will be awarded in the following categories: (1) faculty*, (2), staff^, and (3) graduate student(s).

NOTE: Nutrien Distinguished Scholars are not eligible for the Outstanding Contributions to Research and Scholarship Award.

Application Materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s supervisor or collaborator summarizing the nominee’s role and impact of a research project or program and/or scholarship. The cover letter should include the nominee’s qualifications and a list of supplemental materials.
  • At least two letters of recommendation that address the significant contributions and impact of the nominee to the research project’s outcomes or scholarship.

Outstanding Community Engagement Scholarship Award

The Outstanding Community Engagement Scholarship Awards recognize exemplary engaged scholarship by CAS/AES faculty*, staff^ (including non-student hourly employees), graduate students, both campus-based and research center (AES) based, and their community partner(s) in the following two categories:

Emerging Community Engagement Scholarship Award

Eligibility: A relatively new initiative (less than three years) that has shown potential for long-term impact, achievement and scholarship.

Distinguished Community Engagement Scholarship Award

Eligibility: A collaboration, project, or program with a long-term record (minimum of three years) of sustained impact, achievement, and scholarship.

The Carnegie Foundation describes community engagement as “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”  See Appendix A for types and examples of community-engaged scholarship.

Application Materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s/team’s supervisor or community collaborator summarizing the significant contributions and impact of the community-engaged initiative and the following elements and includes a list of supplemental materials.
    • How the partnership intentionally studies and/or addresses community issues and concerns, jointly derives solutions, and then disseminates what was discovered and/or accomplished.
    • The issue, its significance, the relationship between CSU and community, and how reciprocity is a part of the relationship.
    • Benefits for both university and community partners
  • At least two letters of recommendation that address the significant contributions and impact of the community-engaged initiative, including at least one from a community partner or consortium of partners

Download Appendix A PDF

Outstanding Staff Award

Eligibility: CAS/AES staff^ who have demonstrated exceptional performance and a commitment to the success of CAS/AES through their service and support. Nominees may be recognized for exceptional ongoing or situational (one-time occurrence) impact.

Application Materials:

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department/Unit Head/Deputy Director of AES summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and listing the supplemental application materials enclosed within the application.
  • At least two letters of recommendation that address the impact the nominee has had on the CAS/AES through their service and performance.

Come to the Table Inclusive Excellence Award

Eligibility: Faculty* and staff^ who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and/or contributions to improving the inclusiveness and diversity of the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station and its mission through their inclusive programming and/or leadership and demonstration of CSU’s Principles of Community 

Previously recognized Aggie Community Award winners are also eligible to receive the Come to the Table Inclusive Excellence Award.  

To be considered, nominees should have made a significant contribution toward creating an inclusive and diverse community through one or more of the following actions or behaviors: 

  • Embedding diversity and inclusiveness into a structural/institutional aspect of the CAS/AES (e.g., policy, procedure, tradition, vision statement, curriculum, etc.) 
  • Recruitment and retention of an excellent and diverse faculty, staff, and/or student body 
  • Fostering inclusion, equity, and equality of opportunity within our college/campus community 
  • Encouraging diverse perspectives in our college and on our campus 
  • Creating a welcoming and supportive climate through efforts such as visibility, communication, and education 
  • Creating a positive impact on the college environment in ways that are aligned with CSU’s Principles of Community 
  • Other areas critical to establishing inclusive excellence in the CAS/AES

Note: Multiple nominees may be recognized in this category, including those nominees whose impact is “outreach/engagement” focused to audiences external to CAS/AES. 

Application Materials: 

  • A nominating cover letter from the nominee’s Department Head/Deputy Director of the AES 
  • Summarizing the nominee’s qualifications,  
  • Documenting the nominee’s efforts are outside of the nominee’s scope of responsibilities (e.g., are separate from their job duties, are not supplemented by course buy-outs or similar benefit, and/or are not supplemented by monies from other entities to nominee or their department in exchange for their contributions), and  
  • Listing the supplemental nomination materials enclosed within the application  
  • A minimum of two letters of support from individuals who may 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. 

Lee Sommers Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Career Award

Award Submission Instructions

The Lee Sommers Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Career Award recognizes a senior faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) for their long and distinguished career based on excellence in teaching, research, and/or outreach.

  • Each department may nominate one current, full professor who meets all of the following criteria:
    • Current faculty appointment at CSU
    • Excellence in teaching, research, and/or engagement
    • National/international reputation in their discipline
    • Exemplary leadership in the profession
    • Excellence In service to Colorado State University
  • Nomination packet must include:
    • One nomination letter from the Department Head describing how the nominee satisfies the award criteria
    • The nominee’s CV or resume
  • Nominations are due by 5:00 PM, March 24, 2022.  Please submit the nomination as a single PDF to cas_deanmain@mail.colostate.edu
    • Subject Line: 2022 Lee Sommers Award – Nominee’s Last Name
    • Nomination Attachment File Name: LeeSommersAward_NomineeLastName_2022
  • The AES and CAS Awards Committee will review nominations and select the awardee.

The Lee Sommers Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Career Award recipient will be recognized at the annual AES and CAS Awards Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

The recipient will present a non-technical lecture that may focus on:

  • Career development and significant accomplishments
  • Role models and mentors who contributed to the award recipient’s accomplishments
  • Factors shaping their career trajectory and performance
  • Philosophy of teaching, research and/or outreach

Please contact cas_deanmain@mail.colostate.edu or (970) 491-6274 with any questions.

Past Award Recepients

Charles N. Shepardson Graduate Student Teaching Awardees

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Charles N. Shepardson Faculty Teaching Under 10 Years Awardees

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North American College and Teachers of Agriculture and Charles N. Shepardson Meritorious Teaching Awardees

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Charles N. Shepardson Student Leadership Awardees

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Summit Team Research Awardees

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Summit Student Impact Awardees

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Summit Research Contributors Awardees

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Summit Come to the Table Inclusive Excellence Awardees

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Lee Sommers Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Career Awardees

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Faculty* = includes tenure track, contract, continuing, and/or adjunct faculty

Staff^ = includes administrative professional employees (including research associates and research scientists), state classified employees, and post-doctoral fellows