Extension/Professional Practice Awards

Contact: Cathann Kress, cathann@iastate.edu

Awards Available:

ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice

Purpose: To recognize a faculty, campus staff or field staff member who has demonstrated outstanding performance in statewide leadership in extension and/or professional practice and has achieved national recognition of his/her contributions to outreach activities.

Eligibility: Members of the faculty or professional staff with a minimum of 10 years of service at ISU. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the University Awards Ceremony.

Nature of the award: $1500 one-time stipend.

Number of awards: One

Criteria: Documented evidence of outstanding contributions to the university's outreach mission over an extended period of time, including testimony from peers and clients.

ISU Award for Early Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice

Purpose: To recognize a faculty, campus staff or field staff member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in extension and/or professional practice unusually early in her/his professional career.

Eligibility: Members of the faculty or professional staff with no more than 6 years of experience post Ph.D. (or other appropriate terminal degree) and a minimum of 2 years at ISU. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the University Awards Ceremony.

Nature of the award: $1500 one-time stipend.

Number of awards: One.

Criteria: A record of exemplary performance as documented by clients and peers.

Guidelines for Submitting Nominations for Extension/Outreach Awards

The following guidelines are intended to apply to the Extension/Professional Practice awards. The guidelines are intended to help units, departments and colleges make their nominations as strong as possible.

  1. Follow Format and Electronic Submission Instructions
  2. Complete a nomination cover page either for faculty or staff.
    • Faculty University Award Nomination Cover Page [DOC|PDF]
    • Staff University Award Nomination Cover Page [DOC|PDF]
  3. Continue with a statement of no more than three pages describing why this person deserves the award for which she/he is being nominated. The purpose of this statement is to persuade those reviewing the nomination that the candidate is deserving. Cite specific examples of relevant behaviors whenever possible.
  4. Include a current curriculum vita for the nominee.
  5. Include statements from the nominee's colleagues who are in a position to comment on her/his extension/professional service activity. Two or three such statements are sufficient and each should not be more than one page in length.
  6. Include statements from clientele and/or alumni supporting the nomination. These should be written specifically for the nomination. Three to five such letters are sufficient.
  7. Include evaluative data related to the nominee's work. This can include clientele ratings in regard to teaching as well as evaluative data dealing with impact of the faculty/staff work on clientele. Data regarding the scope of the program (e.g., number of meetings held, number of people reached, number of publications prepared) would also be useful. This section should not be more than one page and should be presented in an easy to read format.
  8. Submit nomination for faculty and staff with college affiliation to respective college. Submit nomination for faculty and staff with no college affiliation to ISU Extension.

When the file is prepared, nominators must submit their nominations to their college by the college deadline.  When the college is ready to submit their nominations, the college or ISU Extension awards coordinator must upload the nominations to the appropriate college or Extension folder on CyBox.  If you do not have access to your college's or ISU Extension's folder on CyBox, please contact Megan Peterson, meganmp@iastate.edu.

Nominations are reviewed by the college or ISU Extension before submission to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. Award recipients and their nominator, department chair, dean, or supervisor are notified by May 1. Colleges receive feedback on unsuccessful nominations by July 1.

College Deadlines

Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost deadline is February 10.