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Awards & Recipients

Picture of 2019-20 award recipients with President Montgomery and Provost Bott

2019-20 award recipients pictured at Fall Convocation, with WMU President Edward Montgomery and Provost Jennifer Bott.


WMU faculty and staff are recipients of both internal and external funding awards, as well as honors bestowed upon them for outstanding scholarship. This section of our site provides information about recipients of these awards and honors.


2021 Academic Excellence Awards Series

  • September 30 Thursday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Emerging Scholar Award

CEAS Parkview Campus   •   Floyd Hall   •   Room D0109

Awards presentation and interview, followed by reception and light refreshments on the front lawn.


Megan Grunert Kowalske
Chemistry (Chair) and the Mallinson Institute for Science Education

Adam Mathews
Geography, Environment, and Tourism

Kristina Lemmer
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • October 7 Thursday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Distinguished Service Award

Sangren Hall   •   Room 1910

Awards presentation event, with reception to follow in the first floor lobby.

Faculty Recipient

Ann Miles

Staff Recipient

Ying Zeng
Haenicke Institute for Global Education

  • October 29 Friday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Distinguished Teaching Award

Schneider Hall   •   Haworth College of Business   •   Room 2000

Awards presentation with reception to follow in lobby.


James Eckert
Department of Marketing

Brian Gogan
Department of English

  • November 12 Friday, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award

Richmond Center   •   Lobby

Art display and award presentation.


Cat Crotchett
Gwen Frostic School of Art


About our Awards

2019-20 Recipient Jeffrey Angles

Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award

The Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award is among the highest annual honors WMU can bestow on a faculty member. The award recognizes an outstanding record of scholarship across one's career.

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2019-20 recipients William Rantz, Diana Hernandez, and Wei-Chiao Huang

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes exceptional service through innovative and effective programs which are academic, or related to another facet of University life, such as programs that serve students, faculty or staff in an important and unique way.

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2019-20 recipients Matthew Mingus and Leah Omilion-Hodges

Distinguished Teaching Award

The Distinguished Teaching Award is the highest honor given by the University to recognize faculty members for their work.

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2019-20 recipient Elena Litvinova

Emerging Scholar Award

The Emerging Scholar Award recognizes the accomplishments of WMU faculty members who are among the rising stars in the U.S. higher education.

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Visiting Scholars and Artists Program

The Visiting Scholars and Artists Program makes important contributions to the intellectual life of Western Michigan University. This program provides funds for academic units to bring distinguished scholars and artists to campus.

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2019-20 recipients (l-r) Vun Doubblestein, Shari Rose, Rebecca Huntley, and Dustin Skaggs

Make a Difference Awards

Make a Difference is a campus-wide peer-to-peer program that recognizes Western Michigan University staff for their accomplishments and daily investment of energy and creativity. It features semiannual and annual awards available to Staff Compensation System, AFSCME, MSEA and POA employees who provide exceptional services to the University.

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