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Spring 2020

Deadline: 5:00 pm on April 7, 2020

Submit all documents to: cas_deanmain@mail.colostate.edu

The Charles N. Shepardson Awards

Graduate Student Teaching Award

Eligibility: a currently enrolled (as of spring 2020) graduate student in CAS who has demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching of agriculture- related 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 (1 page, single spaced)
  • Formal instructor evaluation(s) of the graduate student by their supervisor.
  • At least two letters of recommendation from students and/or faculty and staff who can attest to the impact of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

Faculty Teaching Award <10 Years Teaching Experience at CSU

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

NOTE: The Faculty Teaching Award will be awarded to one tenure track faculty member and one non-tenure track 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.
  • At least two letters of recommendation from students and/or faculty and staff who can attest to the impact of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

North American College and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)/Charles N. Shepardson Meritorious Teaching Award

Eligibility: a CSU faculty member teaching agriculture-related 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’s teaching philosophy (1 page, single spaced)
  • At least two letters of recommendation from students and/or faculty and staff who can attest to the impact of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

Charles N. Shepardson Student Leadership Award

Eligibility: a currently enrolled (as of spring 2020) 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 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.

Summit Awards

Team Research Award

Eligibility: Team of at least two members; one from CAS 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 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.

Student Impact Award

Eligibility: CAS non-tenure instructors, advisors, faculty, and staff members who have demonstrated a commitment and impact on students’ lives within the college (undergraduate and graduate) through their advising, mentoring, guidance, and support. These activities may take place inside or outside the classroom and demonstrate the nominee’s dedication to student success and well-being. Nominees may be recognized for exceptional ongoing or situational (one-time occurrence) student-focused impact.

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 impact the nominee has had on CAS undergraduate or graduate students

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 supervisor or collaborator summarizing the nominee’s role and impact of a research project or program. 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.

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 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 (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

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
    • 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.

Nominations are due by 10:00 AM, April 9, 2020.  Please submit the nomination as a single PDF to cas_deanmain@mail.colostate.edu

  • Nomination Attachment File Name: AwardName_NomineeLastName_2020

Lee Sommers Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Career Award

Deadline: 5:00 pm on April 7, 2020

Submit all documents to: cas_deanmain@mail.colostate.edu

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, April 1, 2020.  Please submit the nomination as a single PDF to cas_deanmain@mail.colostate.edu
        • Nomination Attachment File Name: NomineeLastName_LeeSommersAward_2020
  • The College Awards Committee will review nominations and select the awardee.

The Lee Sommers Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Career Award recipient will be recognized at the annual CAS Awards Recognition Ceremony on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Recognition includes the opportunity to serve as the kick-off speaker for the  CAS Distinguished Lecture Series in Fall of 2020. 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.

CAS Awards Recognition Ceremony

All nominees and recipients will be recognized at the CAS Awards Recognition Ceremony.

Monday, April 27, 2020.

Please encourage your nominee to attend the ceremony.

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

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

State Classified Distinguished Service Award

2013- Jennifer “Jan” Iron
2012- Janet Dill
2011- Laura Bonner
2010- Barb Brown

Administrative Professional Excellence Award

2013- Maggie Hirko
2012- Frank Johnson
2011- Jan Nayes
2010- Jessi Fuentes

Distinguished Research Associate Award

2013- David Staats
2012- Elizabeth Neil
2011- Emily Hudson
2010- John McGinley

Submitting Nominations

Nominations are due by 5:00 PM, April 1, 2020.  Please submit the nomination as a single PDF to cas_deanmain@mail.colostate.edu

  • Nomination Attachment File Name: AwardName_NomineeLastName_2020

CAS Awards Recognition Ceremony

All nominees and recipients will be recognized at the CAS Awards Recognition Ceremony on Monday, April 27, 2020. Please encourage your nominee(s) to attend the ceremony.

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