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Washington State University Office of the Provost

Faculty Awards

Annual Awards

Faculty Mid-Career Award

The WSU Faculty Mid-Career Award recognizes faculty systemwide in the early to middle stage of their career who have demonstrated a strong commitment to WSU’s land-grant mission and its scholarship, teaching and engagement elements. Recipients of this award will have demonstrated outstanding performance and the potential to build on their achievements, thereby enhancing the University’s ability to create positive outcomes for all and meet the future needs of the state of Washington, the Pacific Northwest, our nation, and beyond.


  • The Faculty Mid-Career Award is open to all faculty (career-track, tenure-track, or tenured).
  • Faculty must have completed at least three years of service at WSU to be eligible for this award.


The criteria for the Faculty Mid-Career Award are as follows:

  • Research, scholarship, and creative activity
    • Outstanding contributions to the WSU research enterprise, as measured by metrics appropriate to the discipline(s) involved, degree of public impact, mentoring/support of faculty, staff, and student colleagues, and other factors. Awardees recognized for work in this category should be  well known at WSU and externally.  They will have the potential of becoming major national and international leaders that will significantly impact their field, improve the lives of residents of Washington State, enhance the University’s scholarly reputation,  and drive the University’s strategic research agenda.
  • Teaching
    • Outstanding contributions to university’s education mission in areas such as course delivery, development of novel course content, developing and managing instruction, and mentoring students. Awardees will serve as inspirational role models and will have the potential of being ultimately recognized as one of the University’s great longstanding instructors.
  • Service/Outreach
    • Outstanding service and outreach contributions to the institution, the awardee’s profession, and local, state, national, and international communities. Awardees recognized for work in this category will be broadly recognized for their work and show the potential for sustained and significant positive impact to the University and the communities with which it interacts.

Application Process

Nominators are asked to submit the nomination form, a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, and a narrative of 1000 words or less, stating why the nominee meets the award criteria and is deserving of the award.  Please do not submit additional information during the initial phase.  At a later date, the nominator(s) may be asked to provide additional supporting information, such as additional letters of support, upon request from the selection committee.