Provost Faculty Excellence Award 

Formerly known as the PRIDE Award (Provost’s Research, Instruction and Development for Excellence Award), the Provost Faculty Excellence Award is chosen from nominees from each of the five colleges. 

2023-2024 Provost Faculty Excellence Award Recipient  

Dustin Siegel, Professor of Biology, Department of Biology

Criteria for Award Nominees 

Distinguished faculty performance, evidenced by teaching, scholarly or creative activity, and professional-related service. Each college will nominate a faculty member for the Provost Faculty Excellence Award. The candidates must be at the level of full professor to be considered for this prestigious award. 

Source of Nominations 

Nominations are to be made from the faculty member’s peers, chair, or dean. The nominee must prepare a portfolio to support the nomination. 

Required Documentation 

Nomination portfolios for these awards are limited to 8 pages. Each portfolio must be in a digital format to include the following information: 

  • A nomination letter from the nominating individual and two letters of support from colleagues qualified to comment on the nominee’s teaching, scholarship, or service. 
  • An abbreviated curriculum vita (2-3 pages). 
  • Any key documents that provide evidence of the nominee’s excellence in teaching and advising, scholarly or creative activity, and leadership or service (e.g. course evaluations, statement of teaching philosophy) 


The candidates must be a full professor employed at the University full time, for a minimum of 5 years, to be eligible for this award. This award is a culmination of activities (teaching, scholarly or creative activity, and professional-related service) throughout the faculty member's career that includes but is not limited to, their activities at Southeast Missouri State University. Nomination materials be submitted by email to the Office of the Provost by the deans for consideration by November 3, 2023. Please send materials to 

Provost Awards for Teaching Excellence 

Provost Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional teaching and student success. Multiple awards are available each year across a range of categories. 

2022-2023 Faculty Honorees 

Congratulations to last year's recipients! Honorees received their award at the Excellence in Advising & Teaching Celebration & Award Ceremony.

Mrs. Stephanie Hallam 
Kent Library  
Dr. Steven Stovall
Harrison College of Arts and Media: Department of Management
Dr. David Tomchuk 
College of Education, Health, and Human Studies: Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation
Ms. Beth Adkins
College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Department of History and Anthropology
Dr. Larry Bohannon
College of Education, Health, and Human Studies: Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education

Dr. Joseph Snyder
College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Department of History and Anthropology

Dr. Susan Fulton
College of Education, Health, and Human Studies: Department of Communication Disorders
Dr. Kelley Fritz
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Department of Biology

Mr. Connor Anderson
College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Sociology

Who can receive an award? 

Any faculty member is eligible to be nominated (i.e. by another colleague) or to apply directly for these awards. 

What are the award criteria? 

The applications/nominations will be evaluated against the following criteria for each award category, based on the letter of support and their supervisor's endorsement: 

Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award 

Applicants should demonstrate a keen awareness of the needs of today’s learners. They should showcase how their teaching practice or course/program design effectively promotes flexible and innovative learning, providing students with options in pace, place, and/or mode of study. 

Excellence in Experiential Teaching Award 

Engaged learning occurs when faculty elevate student learning through the creation of an active learning environment within their classes, labs, or studios. The faculty employs several high-impact practices in their instruction and fosters growth in students through an increased ability to learn and apply the knowledge, skills, and concepts needed for success. 

Excellence in Student Mentorship Award 

Faculty for the Excellence in Student Mentorship demonstrate that they have put forth extraordinary efforts to increase student success. They will demonstrate efforts that provide students with opportunities to engage in meaningful academic experiences. They provide strong support for student academic achievement through mentoring students and providing student advising that goes well beyond the scheduling of courses. The faculty member participates in professional development as it relates to student success and they engage students through meaningful curriculum and regularly review and redesign their curriculum to create classes that focus on student success. 

Excellence in Online Teaching Award 

Applicants should be champions of online learning on campus. Award-winners should demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge in online learning - from a global perspective down to individual online course best practices. Through his/her work in the Online Teaching Academy or elsewhere, the successful applicant will show evidence of scholarship and research in the field. 

Excellence in Student Recruitment Award 

Candidates for this award should demonstrate an extraordinary effort to attract and recruit students to apply for university admission or enroll at the university. They should exhibit ingenuity in devising novel methods and strategies to connect with prospective students or their families. Moreover, candidates should be adept at developing innovative programming initiatives that result in heightened student enrollment. Additionally, they should demonstrate active involvement in various recruiting events and activities.

Excellence in Supporting Undergraduate Research Award 

Instilling an understanding and appreciation of research at the undergraduate level is critical to student success. Faculty should demonstrate that they have established a strong mentoring relationship with their undergraduate mentees and support as well as challenge them with engaging in research within their discipline. They should inspire students to pursue research and scholarly activities, ensure the students gain an understanding of the ethical responsibilities and considerations for research, and assist students in disseminating their work through professional outlets. 

Excellence in Supporting Graduate Research Award 

Building and developing research skills and a passion for research in students is a key outcome of graduate education. Faculty who demonstrate excellence in supporting graduate research will establish strong mentorship relationships with students, serve as role models related to research practices and ethical conduct, and inspire students to engage in scholarship and dissemination of their work. 

Excellence in Assessment of Student Learning Award 

A candidate who embodies excellence in the assessment of student learning will demonstrate best practices by developing meaningful assessments that lead to student success and that inform teaching practices. Ideally, the candidate’s work in assessment will reach beyond an individual course and contribute to program assessment, general education assessment, and/or institutional assessment. This candidate may also be a leader in assessment at the program, department, or college level. 

Graduate Teaching Assistant Award 

Graduate Teaching Assistants nominated for the award should demonstrate excellence in teaching; must be currently enrolled and have had teaching responsibilities for at least two full semesters.

What is the process for applying or nominating a colleague? 

The call for applications and nominations is now open. Please use the nomination form to apply for an award, or to nominate a colleague. 

Nomination Form 

Applications must be accompanied by a letter of support by the nominator or applicant. The letter should be no longer than two pages, and it should contain specific examples and other detailed information to support your nomination/application. The letter may be uploaded with the nomination form or entered into the appropriate text box on the form. 

What is the deadline? 

To submit a nomination, please complete the “Nomination Form” by the deadline: 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2024. 

How will the award recipients be honored? 

The recipients of each award will be announced during the Spring 2024 semester. The Provost Awards for Teaching Excellence for 2023-2024 will be presented in conjunction with the Advising Awards at the Excellence in Advising & Teaching Celebration & Award Ceremony on Tuesday, April 23 at 3 p.m. 

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