Faculty and Staff Achievement and Outstanding Service Awards

The School of Public Health Achievement and Outstanding Service Awards are presented to faculty and staff who are recognized for their achievements in service and public engagement, innovative and creative teaching, research, the development and advancement of others, and leadership leading to improvements in programs.

Award Announcements

All awards will be presented at the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Celebration on May 24, 2018.

We will also announce the following awards at the school’s annual Research Day on April 18, 2018 to encourage student involvement:

  • Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award
  • School of Public health Excellence in Advising Award

The outstanding commitment and dedication of SPH faculty and staff make it possible for the school to achieve its mission of education, research, and public engagement. Show your appreciation by nominating a faculty or staff colleague, team/work group, or professor for one of the awards below.

SPH Awards

Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching

 Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes School of Public Health faculty who are particularly outstanding teachers in the art of conveying to their students the stimulation and interest in subject matter which is at the core of teaching functions of all great universities. The recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $3,000.

Eligibility

School faculty on 12-month or 9-month appointments with a record of at least five years teaching in the School of Public Health are eligible. Previous winners are not eligible for a second award.

Nomination Documentation

  • A three-page letter of nomination
  • A letter from the program major chair or Director of Graduate Studies
  • No more than five letters of support
  • The nominee’s complete teaching record
  • The syllabus for only one course

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award

Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award

The Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award recognizes School of Public Health faculty who have made an outstanding contribution
in special areas of public health education. These may include achievements in skilled teaching of large classes; in continuing
education and other non-traditional educational settings; in interscholastic education of health professional students; or in innovative
applications of learning technology. Recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,500.

Eligibility

School faculty on 12-month or 9-month appointments, or adjunct faculty who have participated in an SPH teaching program annually during the past three years, are eligible. Previous recipients of the award are eligible to be nominated in subsequent years for additional achievements.

Nomination Documentation

  • A letter of nomination of no more than three pages in length by a School of Public Health student, staff, or faculty member. The letter should advocate the case for the award and address how the faculty member’s teaching meets one or more of the evaluation criteria.
  • No more than four letters in support of the nomination, of which at least two must be provided by students who have taken a course from the nominee.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita and teaching record including recent syllabi, summary of teaching evaluations for the last five years, or multimedia material illustrating the teaching achievement for which the candidate is nominated.

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

Outstanding Public Health Impact Award

Outstanding Public Health Impact Award

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health strives to improve the health and wellbeing of populations at the local, national, and global levels. The School of Public Health therefore seeks to honor faculty who make an exceptional impact on health and wellbeing through their scholarly work, their public engagement with health issues, or their community service. Recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,500.

Eligibility

School of Public Health faculty on either a 9-month, 12-month, or adjunct appointment are eligible. Previous recipients of the award are also eligible to be nominated in subsequent years for additional achievements.

Nomination Documentation

  • A letter of nomination
  • No more than three letters in support
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita and other material illustrating the public health impact for which the candidate is nominated

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

School of Public Health P&A Excellence Award

School of Public Health P&A Excellence Award

This award was established to recognize annually a member of the Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) staff who has
made distinguished contributions to the missions of the University of Minnesota and the School of Public Health. The recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,500.

Eligibility

Nominees must have at least three years of P&A employment in the School of Public Health at the time of nomination. Nominees cannot hold a joint faculty appointment. Previous winners are not eligible for a second award.

Nomination Documentation

  • A letter of nomination
  • No more than three letters of support
  • Current resume or curriculum vita

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

School of Public Health Excellence in Advising Award

School of Public Health Excellence in Advising Award

The School of Public Health Excellence in Advising Award recognizes School of Public Health faculty who are particularly outstanding in their roles as academic, field experience, or project/thesis advisors. The recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $3,000.

Eligibility

School faculty with a record of at least three years advising in the School of Public Health are eligible. Faculty may be on 9-month, 12-month or have adjunct appoints with the School of Public Health. Previous winners are not eligible for a second award.

Nomination Documentation

  • A letter of nomination from a student
  • At least two letters of support
  • The nominee’s complete advising record at the School of Public Health

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

The Judy Peterson Staff Excellence Award

The Judy Peterson Staff Excellence Award

The Judy Peterson Staff Excellence Award was established to recognize a staff member who has made distinguished contributions to the missions of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, as well as their division and/or work group. The recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,500.

Eligibility

Nominees must have at least three years of Civil Service or Labor Represented employment in the School of Public Health at the time of nomination. Previous winners of this award are not eligible for a second award.

Nomination Documentations

  • A letter of nomination
  • No more than three letters of support

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

School of Public Health Excellence in Peer Mentoring Award

School of Public Health Excellence in Peer Mentoring Award

The Excellence in Peer Mentoring Award was established to recognize a staff member who has demonstrated commitment to the development and advancement of others in both a formal and informal capacity through either a direct, supervisory, or in a peer-based role. The recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,000.

Eligibility

Nominees must have at least one year of P&A, Civil Service, or Labor Represented employment in the School of Public Health at the time of nomination. Previous winners of this award are not eligible for a second award.

Nomination Documentations

  • A statement of nomination that is no more than two pages.
  • No more than three letters of support from peers, colleagues, supervisors, administrators, students, alumni or other University of Minnesota community members who have firsthand knowledge of the nominee’s experience.

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

School of Public Health Teamwork Excellence Award

School of Public Health Teamwork Excellence Award

The Teamwork Excellence Award was established to recognize an outstanding established team or work group for their sustained track record of excellent contributions to the mission of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health as well as their division and/or work group. The team or work group’s achievements will be commemorated with an award, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,500 to be split between the team or put toward an event of the team’s choice.

Eligibility

This award is available to all Faculty, P&A, Civil Service, and Labor Represented staff within the School of Public Health. Groups who
are previous winners of this award are not eligible for a second award for a period of three years. For the purpose of eligibility, team is
defined by membership at the time of award presentation.

Nomination Documentation

  • A letter of nomination
  • No more than three letters of support

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

School of Public Health Excellence in Collaboration & Creativity Group Award

School of Public Health Excellence in Collaboration & Creativity Group Award

The Excellence in Collaboration and Creativity Group Award was established to recognize staff members who have demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of new and creative programs or processes that lead to improvements in their work area while supporting the mission of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The group’s achievements will be commemorated with an award, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,500 to be split between the group, or put toward a team event of the recipients’ choice.

Eligibility

This award is open to all Faculty, P&A, Civil Service, and Labor Represented staff in the School of Public Health. Groups who are previous winners of this award are not eligible for a second award for a period of three years.

Nomination Documentation

  • A statement of no more than two pages presenting the creative, collaborative, improvement effort for the specific need
    addressed by this project or solution. The statement should include a brief description of the project, including the duration,
    scope, team composition and roles, and impact, if available.
  • No more than three letters of support from peers, colleagues, supervisors, administrators, students, alumni or other University
    of Minnesota community members who have firsthand knowledge of the nominee’s experience. The letters should provide
    evidence of the qualities described in the above criteria and should detail the areas in which the nominee’s performance has
    been outstanding, and describe specifically how the nominee has demonstrated extraordinary initiative, skill or creativity.

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

All SPH faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to nominate their colleagues, team/work groups, and professors to recognize their commitment and dedication to the school and for shaping a future of health.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations and supporting materials for the SPH Achievement and Outstanding Service Awards must be submitted online by March 5, 2018.

How do I submit my nomination?

Submit an award nomination online.

Complete the information fields provided in the form and upload any required supporting documents. All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted using this online form.

Selection Process

School of Public Health faculty and staff comprised of members from the SPH Recognition, Awards, and Honors Committee, the Staff Association, and the P&A Senate review the materials submitted for each candidate and select a recipient whose achievements fit the category for which they have been nominated and who are deemed most deserving of recognition.

The group’s discussions are kept confidential. All award nominees are notified of their nomination and award recipients are honored during the following annual School of Public Health events: Faculty & Staff Recognition Celebration and Research Day.

2017 Award Winners

  • Pam Schreiner, Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Laura Le, Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award
  • Shalini Kulasingam, Award for Excellence in Advising
  • Jerri Kjolhaug, Outstanding Public Health Impact Award
  • Diane Kampa, P&A Excellence Award
  • Merrie Harrison, P&A Excellence Award
  • Karen Omlung, Judy Peterson Staff Excellence Award
  • “Team Hazmat” Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, Teamwork Excellence Award
  • Administrative Support Services Team-ASST, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, Excellence in Collaboration & Creativity Group Award

2016 Award Winners

  • Julian Wolfson, Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Peter Raynor, Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award
  • Craig Hedberg, Outstanding Public Health Impact Award
  • James “Jim” Hodges, School of Public Health Award for Excellence in Advising
  • Sara Hurley, School of Public Health P&A Excellence Award
  • Janet Bendickson, Judy Peterson Excellence in Leadership Award
  • Andy Ryan, Excellence in Mentoring Award
  • Coordinating Centers for Biometric Research (CCBR) Team, Division of Biostatistics, Excellence in Teamwork or Collaboration Award
  • NET-Works: Now Everybody Together for Amazing and Healthy Kids Team, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, Excellence in Teamwork or Collaboration Award
  • Art & Science of Prevention (ASoP) Planning Team, Excellence in Innovation and Creativity Group Award
  • Drs. Bruce Alexander, Environmental Health Sciences Division Head and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Epidemiology and Community Health Division Head, were presented the distinguished honor of Mayo Professor in Public Health

2015 Award Winners

  • Richard MacLehose, Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Traci Toomey, Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Katy Kozhimannil, Outstanding Public Health Impact Award
  • Gurumurthy Ramachandran, School of Public Health Award for Excellence in Advising
  • Eileen Denning, School of Public Health P&A Excellence Award

 

Past Events
2016 Winners

Nomination Deadline: March 5, 2018

Submit An Award Nomination

Awards announced at the
Recognition Celebration: May 24

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