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Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Service


This Award recognizes and honors outstanding academic, humanitarian, or professional service.  There are two types of award:

  1. The Campus Service Award recognizes faculty for distinguished service on our campus.  Nominees will have made exceptional contributions to achieving one or more goals of the university, while embodying the values of the university.
  2. The Civic Engagement Award recognizes faculty for distinguished service to the community beyond the boundaries of the University.


One award plaque and one honorarium of $1,000 in either Campus Service or Civic Engagement is presented at the Chancellor's State of the University Address in the fall semester.



Nominees must be full-time faculty at UMSL.



Nominees must show evidence consistent with the priorities and goals outlined in the UMSL Strategic Plan, demonstrating:

  • The nature and significance of the service performed
  • Contribution and/or impact of the service provided to the University, the community (including, but not limited to civic engagement), and/or the nominee’s profession
  • Significant accomplishments or service while at UMSL is expected; however, information about prior service to the community may be included in the nomination.

Submission Materials and Format:

All nominations must include the following materials.

  • Cover page with name, position, academic address of nominee and nominator, and a checklist of included documents
  • Nomination letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Nominee's statement of his or her personal philosophy of service and how this philosophy is demonstrated in practice. The statement should not exceed three double-spaced pages
  • Evidence of activities that support these criteria
  • Letters of support (no more than five) from students, alumni, colleagues, administrators, and community leaders who are familiar with the nominee’s service contributions. Each letter should be limited to 2 pages in length.

Winning nominations will become public information and shared with the campus community. Candidates and nominators demonstrate their agreement to allow the packets to become public through the submission process. (The letters of support and the candidate's C.V. are exempt from this public disclosure.)

Nomination Procedure:

The Senate Faculty Teaching and Service Awards Committee receives and reviews all nominations. and presents its recommendation to the chancellor for final approval. The Committee requires submission through electronic format. These nominations should be a single file in MS Word or pdf format, and should be emailed to the Senate office (senate@umsl.edu) no later than 5 pm on the deadline.

Deadline for Submission:

March 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for submission of nomination and completed materials packet.

Previous Award Winners for Service:

2022-2023 Johanna Murray, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Accounting, College of Business Administration
2019-2020 Pamela Stuerke, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, College of Business Administration
2018-2019 Carl Bassi, Professor, College of Optometry 
2017-2018 Kathleen Butterly Nigro, Teaching Professor, Department of Sociology, Gerontology and Gender, College of Arts and Sciences
2016-2017 Alice Hall, Associate Professor, Communication & Media, College of Arts and Sciences
2015-2016 Sally Barr Ebest, Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
2014-2015 Chris Spilling,  Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
2014-2015 W. Howard McAlister, Associate Professor Emeritus, College of Optometry
2013-2014 Richard B. Rosenfeld, Curators' Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences
2012-2013 Sheilah F. Clarke-Ekong, Associate Professor , Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Languages, College of Arts and Sciences
2011-2012  Richard Wright, Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences