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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.


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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