Awards and Recognition Ceremony

  • Group photo of 2018 award winners

    2018 CEHD Award Winners

  • Samantha Howard speaking at microphone

    Undergraduate student Samantha Howard receiving a Rising Star award at the 2018 CEHD Awards Ceremony.

  • Joseph Morris receiving award from Dean Li

    Dr. Joseph Morris receiving the Multicultural Advocate Award for Promotion of Diversity at the 2018 CEHD Awards Ceremony.

2020 Awards and Recognition End of the Year Celebration

Friday, April 24
5 p.m., Gilmore Theatre Complex atrium

Nominations for 2019-20 are closed.

Award information 

Each spring, the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University acknowledges students, faculty and staff for their great accomplishments from the past year. Recipients are nominated by fellow faculty, staff and students and voted on by the Awards and Recognition Committee.

Required materials:

  • One completed nomination form and one support form are required. Additional support forms are optional and will be accepted if submitted. If nomination and support forms are not fully complete, submissions will not be reviewed by Awards and Recognition Committee.
    • Those submitting support information need only fill out the support form.
  • The CEHD Awards Committee encourages nominations and support letter from all CEHD faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners.
  • The CEHD Awards Committee reviews the nominations and support material based on the award criteria.
  • For each nomination and support the word count range is 250 (minimum) to 600 (maximum). The online nomination form is set for these limits. This word count was established so that the selection committee will have a clear picture of the strengths of each of the nominee.
  • Once all winners have been determined, the name of the nominator will be shared with each nominee; and upon request of the nominee the nomination and support materials are provided to each nominee.
  • Generally, winners for an individual category will not be repeated within a 5-year period. A list of the previous winners (within 5 years) can be found under each individual award category.


The College of Education and Human Development Awards and Recognition Committee is accepting nominations of individuals in the college for the following awards:

The committee encourages nominations from faculty, staff and students. Nominations are to be based on the criteria outlined for each award. Questions may be directed to Amy Burns.

2019 award Recipients

Esprit De Corps Award

  • Tyler Sonnenberg-Ward

Staff Excellence Award

  • Darcey Stevens

Multicultural Advocate Award for Global Engagement

  • Dr. Jennifer Foster

Multicultural Advocate Award for Promotion of Diversity

  • Dr. David Szabla

Teaching Excellence Award

  • Part-time—Dr. Steven Sanocki

Mary L. Dawson Teaching Excellence Award

  • Dr. Stephen Craig

Rising Star Award

  • Doctoral—Lisa Garcia
  • Masters—Deniz Toker
  • Undergraduate—Alex Bohr

Strengthening Community Connections Award

  • Dr. Jim Lewis

Trailblazer Award

  • Dr. Selena Protacio