Staff Excellence Award

Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University recognizes outstanding staff members who clearly stand out with exceptional work, and many contributions made to departments, the College and the University.

Award information

All awards are subject to final budgetary approval and authorization by the dean of the College.


Feb. 15

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


All clerical, technical, professional and administrative staff currently serving in the College of Arts and Sciences who have completed at least one year of service to the College.

A staff member who has received the Staff Excellence award is not eligible to be nominated again within five years.


Nomination form

Nominations should include:

  • Name and unit of the staff member and the nominator
  • Number of years the nominee has been employed in the College
  • Statement (500 to 800 words) detailing how the candidate has demonstrated excellence in the performance of her or his duties

Nominations may also include statements of support from staff colleagues, supervisors, students, etc. in the form of memos, letters and emails.

2020 Recipient

Dr. J. Adam Bennett, Department of Psychology


College of Arts and Sciences Office of the Dean:

Submit application as a single PDF, putting the title of the award (Staff Excellence Award) and applicant name in the subject line of the email. Emails from WMU accounts may serve in place of signatures.

Only online submissions accepted.


Please do not hesitate to contact the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office with any questions or concerns.

See full list of awards given by the College of Arts and Sciences.