Faculty Achievement Awards

The Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan calls for creating awards to recognize faculty contributions to the themes and commitments in the plan, including contributions of the faculty to the disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching, research, creative activity, university professional and community service goals of the college.


All current, continuing board-appointed persons with faculty rank are eligible. Faculty who have received Faculty Achievement Award are not eligible to receive a subsequent award in the same category within five years.

Award selection

  • An award of $1000 will be put in the departmental research account for the recipient to use in support of teaching, research or creative activity, travel, or professional development
  • Each recipient may be invited to present a lecture, seminar, or lunch (brown bag) presentation to describe some aspect of teaching
  • Each recipient will receive a plaque at a special celebration
  • Up to three awards in each category may be made each year

Note: All awards are subject to final budgetary approval and authorization by the dean of the college. 


Feb. 1

This award will be offered for the deadline listed as long as funds are available.


Recipients 2014-15

  • Global Engagement
    Dr. Sushi Datta-Sandhu, Department of Political Science
    Dr. Jacqueline Eng, Department of Anthropology
  • Professional and Community Service
    Dr. Heather Addison, School of Communication
    Dr. Jana K. Schulman, Department of English
  • Research and Creative Activity
    Dr. Staci Perryman-Clark, Department of English
    Dr. Richard Gershon, School of Communication
    Dr. Whitney DeCamp, Department of Sociology
  • Teaching
    Dr. Brian Gogan, Department of English
    Dr. Mariola Perez de la Cruz, Department of Spanish
    Dr. Leah M. Omilion-Hodges, School of Communication