Reminder: Nominations for CALS Academic Staff Excellence Awards due Feb. 14

Do you know a member of the CALS academic staff who should be recognized for their exceptional work? Maybe you think that someone is you (please don’t be shy).  Now is your chance to help make it happen.

The Committee on Academic Staff Issues (CASI) is accepting nominations and self-nominations for three CALS Academic Staff Excellence Awards, which are given to academic staff who make outstanding contributions to the college and their respective areas of work. Each award includes a stipend.

New this year: Rather than choosing one winner in each of three specific areas of excellence (research, leadership, and service), we will choose three winners under the broad category of Excellence. Nominators will be allowed to consider a list of suggested area(s), or self-identify the area(s), in which this excellence is reflected. Details about the awards and the criteria and the nomination process can be found in the attached document.

How to Nominate
A letter of nomination may be submitted by any member of the CALS community – academic staff, faculty, university staff, or student. The letter should address the criteria listed on the attached document and be accompanied by supporting materials (also listed on the attached document). More than one nomination is allowed from each unit. The resubmission of past nominations that did not result in an award is also welcome and encouraged.

Please send nomination and support materials in a single PDF document to Dan Veroff, chair of the CASI Awards and Professional Development subcommittee, at no later than Friday, February 14, 2020. Use the subject line “Nomination for Academic Staff Excellence Award.”

Then What?
The CASI Subcommittee on Awards and Professional Development will select winners following an evaluation of all nominations. The winners of these awards represent the vital contributions of more than 700 academic staff members to the mission of the college. They will be recognized for their achievements at the CALS Awards Program on May 6, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. in the Ebling Auditorium (Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive). We hope to see you there.

If you have any questions or want to get more information about the awards, please feel free to contact Dan Veroff at or by phone at (608) 265-9545.