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Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement

Nomination Deadline:  January 20, 2017 (5:00pm)

In 1990, the College of Forestry inaugurated the Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement to recognize outstanding contributions by faculty and staff that significantly advance the mission of the College. These awards recognize service or performance that is truly exceptional, and “above and beyond” what is expected in a candidate’s position description. One or more awards will be made to individuals or groups, not necessarily in every category every year. ALL College employees are eligible, and ALL College employees may submit nominations. 

The Dean's Award includes a $1,500 (pre-tax) monetary award and a commemorative plaque for individuals. The team members receive $500 per individual; each team member also receives a commemorative plaque. Nominations should include nomination statement (no more than 2 pages) demonstrating how the individual has met the criteria for the award, and providing specific examples of exemplary work. Nominations can be signed by more than one nominator. Nominations should be submitted to the Dean's Assistant and will be evaluated by the Dean and his appointed committee.

The Dean’s award may recognize outstanding contributions in the following areas:

1) Service (Team or Individual)

Candidates have provided significant service to the profession, the College or its employees, or the public. Examples could include: significant committee service by faculty or staff; significant faculty or staff contribution of time to a project that advances the welfare of faculty, students, and/or staff; significant and effective response to a request for assistance from the public, industry, agencies, governor, legislators, etc.; significant contribution to one of the College’s support functions, e.g., College forests, development, facilities, computing, business services, or other support activity.

2) Fostering Student Success (Individual - up to 2 per year)

Candidates have made outstanding contributions to the success of students in the College of Forestry (at Corvallis, Cascades, or via E-campus). The most common types of contributions are likely to be for course instruction, advising, or mentoring students--at either the graduate or undergraduate level -- but all outstanding contributions by faculty or staff that foster student success will be considered.

3) Research/Scholarship (Team or Individual)

Candidates have made a significant contribution to the research mission, or have a sustained record of high level of accomplishment. Examples could include: Securing a major grant, in terms of size or prestige; publication of a major book or manuscript; effective leadership of a cooperative or integrated research effort; making a major scientific discovery; obtaining a patent; or spearheading research that effectively addresses and makes a significant contribution to the solution of a major, compelling problem or issue.

4) Extended and Continuing Education (Team or Individual)

Candidates have made a significant contribution to the extended and continuing education mission. Examples could include: development or significant modification of a CE or EE course or program to respond to a change in knowledge and understanding, or gaps in our curriculum; development or adoption of a new instructional methodology, such as distance education; success transferring research to appropriate audiences; leadership for a major conference or symposium; development of a significant increase in the audience for CE or EE programs; or development of innovative approaches to outreach education and technology transfer.

5) Support Staff (Individual)

Candidates can be either classified staff or professional faculty that serve as the support staff for the College of Forestry. The award is for staff that have furthered the mission of the College and provided support above and beyond their job expectations.

6) FRA (Individual)

Candidates can be either faculty research assistants or faculty research associates within the College of Forestry. The award is for FRA’s that have furthered the mission of the College and provided support above and beyond their job expectations.

7) International (Team or Individual)

Candidates have made a significant contribution to some aspect of international teaching, research, outreach, or service, or have a sustained record of high level of accomplishment in international forestry. Examples could include: publication of a major book or manuscript focused on international issues; effective leadership of an international development, educational, outreach, or research effort; leading research that effectively addresses and makes a significant contribution to the solution of a major, compelling international problem or issue; development or significant modification of a COF coursework in issues relevant to international forestry; implementation of significant coursework in an international setting or for international students; or significant and effective response to a request for international assistance.

8) Student Worker (Individual)

Candidates have made a significant contribution to the College of Forestry through appointment as a student worker. Through exceptional service as a representative of the College, student candidates have furthered the mission of the College and performed above their position expectations.

Previous Recipients of Dean's Award