BOARD OF GOVERNORS AWARDS FOR DISTINGUISHED FACULTY
As professionals, faculty across American higher education are focused on teaching,
scholarship/creative activity, and professional service. Faculty understand these three areas as
both an opportunity and a responsibility. They have an opportunity and a responsibility to help
students learn; to develop as professionals and contribute to the body of knowledge in their
profession; and to serve the University, the larger community, and their profession. At their
best, faculty see these three areas of focus not as separate but as interactive and mutually
supportive elements of their professional lives.
a. Purpose and Organization of Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Program.
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor awards will be made by the Board of
Governors each year. The purpose of this program is to identify and reward the very best
among Missouri Western’s excellent faculty. Selection is competitive. No special
consideration will be given based on college or departmental quotas. Applications will be
evaluated solely on their merits.
The President will recommend awardees to the Board of Governors. A committee
appointed by the President and consisting of the Provost/Vice President for Academic and
Student Affairs, the college deans, and six faculty members, typically distributed by rank
and academic area, who have previously been recognized as Board of Governors
Distinguished Professors will review applications and present its list of nominees to the
b. Requirements for consideration
After two years in rank, Assistant and Associate Professors may apply multiple times at
each rank. However, Assistant and Associate Professors may receive only one award
while serving at each rank. Assistant and Associate Professors may not apply for a Board
of Governors Distinguished Professor award in the same year they apply for tenure and/or
promotion, Faculty at all ranks may not apply for a Board of Governors Distinguished
Professor award in the same year they apply for a Jesse Lee Myers or a James V. Mehl
award. A Full Professor may be selected for the award multiple times, with a minimum
of five years in rank and a minimum of five years between each selection. At all ranks,
multiple applications may be made without prejudice.
c. Salary advancement
Recipients will receive a base salary increase equal to $3,000 for Assistants, $5,000 for
Associates, and $7,000 for Full Professors. Each recipient will also receive a $1,000
faculty development stipend each time he/she receives the award. An annual recognition
ceremony formally recognizing the awardees will be held at the beginning of each
The salary increase that the recipient receives will be in addition to any normal annual
increase, and it will take effect for the next contract year.
d. Performance levels required
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor awards are given to recognize the very best
among the excellent faculty at Missouri Western State University. These awards are to be
distinguished from achievements recognized in the faculty tenure and promotion system.
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor awards will be made by the Board of
Governors to faculty with excellent records in teaching, scholarship/creative activity, and
professional service, who within the general excellence of their records distinguish
themselves as exceptional in one area, specifically in teaching, or scholarship/creative
activity, or professional service. Expectations will be appropriate to the rank of
individual faculty applicants.
It is the responsibility of the faculty member applying for the program to present a strong
case in support of his/her application. It is important to document excellence in all three
of the evaluation areas, as well as to make a case for distinction in at least one of those
e. Application materials
Candidate applications for the distinguished professor program should cover only the
period since the initial appointment, last promotion or last Board of Governors
Distinguished Professor award.
Candidates should complete the following steps by January 22 to submit an application
for a Board of Governors Distinguished Professor award:
(1) Prepare a persuasive narrative covering this period (not to exceed 10
pages) that builds a clear and compelling case based on summaries of multiple
measures in each area being evaluated (teaching; scholarship / creative activities;
and professional service). Organization, clear presentation, and succinctness of
the narrative are critical. In explaining his/her accomplishments, the applicant
should assume that the review committee will consist of professionals outside of
his/her academic field.
(2) Attach to the full narrative a Curriculum Vita covering the applicant’s
entire career, as well as a summary table for each year in the evaluation period of
relevant comparative teaching data such as numbers of students, grade
distributions and student evaluations for each course taught (present this material
in the condensed chart format described in the Policy Guide discussion of tenure
packages). The Curriculum Vita should be concise and should clearly distinguish
types of scholarship/creative activity (e.g., separate publications from papers
presented, panelist/discussant roles, and works in progress) and professional
service. Staple this material together.
(3) Solicit evaluations from peers, inside and outside the institution, who can
comment about the candidate’s contributions to teaching, scholarship/creative
activities and professional service. Peer review input should establish the quality
and distinction of the candidate’s work. No more than six peer review letters are
to be submitted, with at least two letters from peers outside the institution who are
in a position to evaluate teaching, scholarship/creative activity and/or professional
service. Letters, including request cover sheets (attached), should be sent directly
to the VPASA before January 22.
(4) Prepare a well-organized, selective collection of supporting materials that
document the narrative. The narrative and required supplemental data on
teaching, the candidate’s Curriculum Vita, and letters of evaluation by peers are
the primary material in an application. The selective collection of supporting
materials should be a manageable complement to the primary material
Selected supporting materials reflecting teaching excellence may include, but are
not limited to, student evaluations, teaching innovations, presentations and
publications on teaching, development of new courses, leadership in the
development of new curricula/programs, participation in learning communities,
sample syllabi, examinations, and course handouts.
Selected supporting materials documenting excellence in scholarship/creative
activities may include, but are not limited to, scholarly/creative artifacts (e.g.,
papers presented, articles, books, photographs of art works, recordings),
professional certifications, peer reviewer comments, acceptance letters for
publications or other peer reviewed presentations, and information on competitive
Selected supporting materials documenting excellence in professional service,
including departmental, institutional, professional, and community
involvement/leadership, may include, but are not limited to, appointments to
boards, professional consulting, professional practice, accreditation/program
reviews, organizing conferences, committee reports, leadership of committees and
task forces, serving as an advisor to a student organization, and public
presentations to audiences outside of one’s academic field.
(5) Attach to the supporting materials annual self-evaluations, chairperson
evaluations, and reappointment forms for each year of the evaluation period. The
collection of all supporting materials and institutional evaluation materials should
be placed in a single notebook binder. The careful organization and quality of all
supplemental materials is valued.
f. Application submission procedure
The application for the Board of Governors Distinguished Professor award by an eligible
candidate will constitute a candidate’s annual self-evaluation for the year of application.
By the annual evaluation due date (January 22nd or the first Monday thereafter if the 22nd
falls on the weekend): 1) nine copies of the application (i.e., narrative, teaching
summary, and CV) and one copy of the supporting materials are due to the Office of the
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; and 2) one copy of the application
(which serves as the candidate’s annual self-evaluation) is due to the Department Chair.
Announcements of Board of Governors Distinguished Professor awards will be made no
later than June 1.
Cover Sheet for Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Award Recommendations
Name of applicant: ________________________________________
To the applicant: This form should be given to colleagues who are able to comment on your
qualifications for the Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Program. For the convenience of the
person making this recommendation, you should include a stamped envelope addressed to:
Office of Academic and Student Affairs
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO 64507
_____ I waive my right to review this recommendation. → ________________________________
Signature of applicant
_____ I do not waive my right to review this recommendation.
To be completed by the person providing the recommendation:
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor awards are made by the Board of Governors to faculty with
excellent records in teaching, scholarship/creative activity, and professional service, who within the general
excellence of their records distinguish themselves in one area, specifically in teaching, or
scholarship/creative activity, or professional service. Expectations will be appropriate to the rank of individual
faculty applicants. Selection is not based on meeting any set of minimum criteria or promotion/tenure
standards, but rather on identifying and rewarding the very best faculty at Missouri Western.
Please provide a written evaluation of the quality and distinction of the candidate’s teaching, or
scholarship/creative activity, or professional service. If this candidate's area of expertise is different from your
own or you do not have enough experience working with the candidate so that you can render a current and
concrete assessment, please indicate that on the form and return it so that the candidate might find others in a
better position to judge his or her professional accomplishments. Thank you.
Name of recommender:__________________________________________________________________
Signature of recommender:_______________________________________________________________
Position of recommender:________________________________________________________________
Address of recommender:________________________________________________________________
Telephone number:______________________________________________________________ _______
Please return this form and your separate letter of recommendation by January 22, 2009 to: Office
of Academic and Student Affairs, Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive, Saint Joseph,
MO 64507 or FAX form and letter to 816-271-4525.