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Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes a member (faculty or staff) of the Academic Affairs division who contributes positively to the community through service activities.  Service activities may be demonstrated though several ways, including but not limited to service to departmental/college/unit/university committees, service to professional organizations, mentoring colleagues and students, and contributing to activities that further the well-being of Ferris State University.  For 2022, we also encourage nominations that showcase service activities unique to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients will receive a monetary award of $1500. 


All employees (faculty or staff) of the division of Academic Affairs are eligible for this award.  Past recipients of the award are eligible only upon the expiration of the fifth year after their award. 

Criteria for Evaluation

Nominees will be evaluated based on the significance of their contributions in these areas:  

  1. Service to department, college, unit, and/or university committees 
  2. Service to professional organizations 
  3. Mentoring colleagues and students 
  4. Contributing to activities that further the well-being of Ferris State University 

For further information, please see the Distinguished Service Award Rubric. 

Nomination Process

Nominations are welcomed from any source: students, faculty members, administrators, staff or a self-nomination.  

Please electronically submit the following:

  1. Nominee’s name, Ferris department/college,email addressand phone number  
  2. Letter of nomination that specifically addresses the criteria for evaluation 

All nominations must be sent to [email protected] 

Please include the subject line “Distinguished Service Award Nomination” in your email. You will receive a confirmation email indicating that your nomination was received. Please submit a separate nomination for each nominee.  


Nominations and supporting documentation are due by 5 PM (EDT) on Friday, March 25, 2022.