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Celebrating Excellence: UMKC Faculty and Staff Awards


Celebrating Excellence

The 2010 Award Winners

February 15, 2010

At an all-University ceremony, faculty and staff were honored at “Celebrating Excellence,” an awards ceremony held February 15 at Spencer Theatre in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center. Provost Gail Hackett, along with Chancellor Leo Morton, UM System President Gary Forsee and several other university representatives, presented 20 awards recognizing achievements in teaching, research, student success, diversity and community service.  

Nine of the 20 awards were presented for the first time at “Celebrating Excellence,” which is slated to become an annual February event. Two of these new awards have been designated among UMKC’s highest honors for achievement: Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Chancellor’s Award for Career Contributions to the University.

» 2010 Faculty and Staff Award Winners

Lora Lacey-Haun, dean of the School of Nursing (left) congratulates award winners, Nancy Mills and Eve McGee, at “Celebrating Excellence,” the Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony. (Photo by Bob Greenspan)

Faculty and Staff Awards

Each year, the UMKC community celebrates the accomplishments of our outstanding faculty and staff. These awards recognize excellence in the areas of research and creative activity, teaching, student mentoring, service and engagement. Awards are presented at the annual faculty and staff recognition ceremony in February of each year.

Nominators must assemble complete packet containing all required nomination materials (including letters of support/reference). Complete packet must be submitted all together in one submission prior to the nomination deadline; incomplete nomination packets cannot be considered. Email ‘Subject’ line must contain Award Name and Nominee’s Last Name (sample Subject line: “Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award - JONES”).

If you have questions regarding the UMKC Awards process, please contact Beci Edmundson, (816) 235-2721 or e-mail awards@umkc.edu.

The nomination deadline is November 1 annually unless otherwise noted.

Celebrating Excellence in Teaching


State Awards

  • Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching - Nomination Deadline: November 13
    Recognizes a faculty member at each Missouri institution of higher education who has demonstrated superior classroom teaching through a commitment to student learning and excellence in the classroom. 

UMKC Awards

Celebrating Excellence in Service and Engagement


UMKC Awards

  • NEW Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity - Nomination Deadline: November 1
    This award recognizes and celebrates sustained contributions and an active commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity at UMKC, signaling the university’s commitment to diversity as a core value as well as an enterprise which benefits the entire campus.
  • NEW Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement - Nomination Deadline: November 1
    This award recognizes and celebrates faculty, staff, units and campus organizations that have made engagement with the community a central aspect of their approach to student learning and scholarship.
  • NEW Chancellor’s Award for Career Contributions to the University - Nomination Deadline: November 1
    One of UMKC’s highest honors to a University employee who has made significant contributions to higher education at UMKC over the course of his or her career and has significantly enhanced the mission of the University.

Celebrating University Staff Commitment to Excellence


UMKC Staff Council Awards

  • Human Resources Campus Collaboration Staff Award - Nomination Deadline: November 1
    This award recognizes and celebrates sustained contributions and an active commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity at UMKC, signaling the university’s commitment to diversity as a core value as well as an enterprise which benefits the entire campus. (Revised 2009)
  • Chancellor’s Education First Staff Award - Nomination Deadline: November 1
    To recognize and celebrate a UMKC staff member who has made significant contributions to higher education through exceptional service, as demonstrated consistently throughout the scope of their work performance. (Revised 2009)
  • Chancellor’s True Unsung Hero Staff Award - Nomination Deadline: November 1
    To recognize and celebrate behind-the-scenes staff members who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve the UMKC experience for students, co-workers, faculty and/or constituents. (Revised 2009)
  • NEW Staff Council Governing Board Staff Award - Nomination Deadline: November 1
    To recognize and celebrate UMKC Staff Council Governing Board members who consistently participate in Staff Council activities above and beyond the call of duty and exceptionally and consistently demonstrate dedication to making UMKC the workplace of choice for all staff.
  • NEW Student Affairs' Student Mentor Staff Award - Nomination Deadline: November 1
    This award will recognize a UMKC Staff Member who has made significant contributions to higher education through exceptional student mentoring.

Celebrating Excellence in Research and Creative Activity


UMKC Trustees’ Awards

Nomination Form and Guidelines [PDF]

  • N.T. Veatch Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity - Nomination Deadline: May, 2011
    Recognizes distinguished research and other scholarly or creative activity accomplished by UMKC faculty.
  • Trustees Faculty Fellowship Award - Nomination Deadline: May, 2011
    Trustees are recognizing the very best faculty, who have distinguished themselves through scholarship and creativity.
  • Trustees Faculty Scholar Award - Nomination Deadline: May, 2011
    Recognizes faculty members who show exceptional promise for outstanding future research and/or creative accomplishments.

University of Missouri System Awards


  • Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Award - UMKC Nomination Deadline: January 15
    Recognizes a University of Missouri faculty member who demonstrates commitment, dedication, and effectiveness in advancing the land-grant mission through extension, international education, and agricultural economics programs.
  • Faculty Entrepreneur of the Year - UMKC Nomination Deadline: January 15
    Honors a University of Missouri faculty member for a record of entrepreneurial innovation that demonstrates commercial utility, contributes to the public welfare, and brings visibility to the University of Missouri.
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching - UMKC Nomination Deadline: January 15
    Recognizes outstanding teaching over a teaching career of no less than 10 years at a University of Missouri campus.
  • President’s Award for Research & Creativity - UMKC Nomination Deadline: January 15
    Honors a University of Missouri faculty member for a sustained nationally and internationally recognized record of research and/or creativity.
  • Student Entrepreneur of the Year - UMKC Nomination Deadline: January 15
    Honor University of Missouri students who have demonstrated innovativeness, originality, and entrepreneurial spirit in the development of processes, products, or technologies of commercial potential and/or of benefit to the University of Missouri.
  • Thomas Jefferson Award - UMKC Nomination Deadline: January 15 (odd years only)
    The Thomas Jefferson Award, funded through a grant from the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation, honors a member of the University of Missouri community who “through personal influence and performance of duty in teaching, writing and scholarship, character and influence, devotion and loyalty to the University best exemplifies the principles and ideals of Thomas Jefferson.”