Faculty Award and Recognition

Recognition of faculty endeavor and achievement has always been a priority of the university and duly notes the contributions made by faculty in support of enhanced scholastic opportunities and engaged development of the region.

In 2003, the Faculty Recognition Banquet was initiated to reflect on and celebrate many of the outstanding accomplishments of MSU Faculty. Dr. Terry Strieter, Faculty Regent, and Dr. Gary Brockway, Provost, worked with Mr. Jim Carter and Dr. Don Robertson, Vice Presidents, to transition the official acknowledgement of various faculty accolades to a single university event. The Faculty Recognition Banquet has become an MSU Tradition supported by alumni, faculty, and students. The following awards sponsored by academic affairs, student affairs, and the MSU Alumni Association are acknowledged at the annual event held the third Thursday of April during the campus’s Scholars Week celebration.

Faculty Award and Recognition

Distinguished Professor

This recognition is awarded by the Murray State University Alumni Association. Established in 1964, the award recognizes teaching excellence and classroom performance, professional activity, and service to the University. Read more...

Distinguished Researcher Award

Each year, the Research Policy Committee selects recipients of the MSU Alumni Association Distinguished Researcher Award, which is intended to recognize excellence in research and reflects the significance of faculty research to the educational environment at Murray State University. The Distinguished Researcher receives a $1000 cash award, and the researcher’s name is engraved on the MSU Alumni Association Distinguished Research Award plaque located in the MSU Alumni Center. Read more...

MSU Alumni Association Emerging Scholar Award

Each year, the Research Policy Committee

 selects two recipient of the MSU Association Emerging Scholar Award. This award recognizes superior research, scholarly, or creative work conducted by Murray State University faculty members who are in the early phase of their careers and who show professional promise. Significant achievements associated with the nomineeʼs work should have been realized while the nominee has held a faculty position at the University. Two prizes will be awarded: one in the area of science, technology and mathematics, the second in the area of the arts, literature, humanities, and social sciences. Each Emerging Scholar receives a $500 cash award, and the researcher’s name is engraved on the MSU Alumni Association Emerging Scholar Award plaque located in the MSU Alumni Center. Read more...

Presidential Research Award

The Presidential Research Award is juried by the Research Policy Committee. The AWARD is highly competitive. Up to one Award per year is awarded; on rare occasions a second Award will be awarded; in some years, no Award is awarded. Applicants must be full-time faculty, staff, or administration members and must be engaged in research, scholarship, or creative activity that will result in a significant contribution to their professional fields. The MSU Presidential Award will consist of a stipend of $6500 plus an additional $650 in support, supply, and travel funds.

Distinguished Mentor

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs presents the Distinguished Mentor Award to recognize the considerable efforts and accomplishments of a full-time faculty member who serves as an effective and motivational teacher, advocate, sponsor, and role model to students. Recipients are acknowledged on a permanent plaque in the Office of the Provost, 333 Wells Hall.

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Faculty Distinguished Service Award

The Faculty Distinguished Service Award was established by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2013 to recognize service defined as significant contributions to Murray State University, as well as public and professional service activities above and beyond what is considered part of their basic job description. A significant criterion should be one of impact. There should be substantial evidence that a nominee's service activities have had a significant positive effect on the University and community. 

The award includes a one-time $1,000 stipend, a plaque, and recognition in Heritage Hall.

Service Learning Mentor of the Year

The Service Learning Mentor of the Year Award is given annually to a faculty member who actively embraces Service Learning, an experiential learning pedagogy that encourages students to utilize the skills and knowledge of their discipline to meet a need in the community.



President's Award for Diversity & Inclusion


Regent's Awards for Teaching Excellence

The Regents’ Awards for Teaching Excellence have been instituted as an annual effort By the MSU Board of Regents to honor faculty members who, in the judgment of peers, deserve recognition as exemplary teachers. The recipients receive a bound certificate signed by the Board Chair and University President and an $1000 monetary award. Plaques of award recipients are hung in Heritage Hall.

ODK Faculty Advisor of the Year

The Offices of Student Affairs, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society, developed this award to honor the impact that strong academic advisors can have on college students. This award selected by ODK members recognizes one faculty advisor who has gone above and beyond his/her job requirements to serve as an Outstanding Faculty Advisor. A plaque is hung in the Office of Student Affairs, 425 Wells Hall.

Outstanding Research Awards

The Research Policy Committee (RPC) awards an Outstanding Research Award to a faculty member in each college and school (including University Libraries) recognizing outstanding research, scholarly or creative activity during the previous calendar year. (Thus, the award presented in April, 2014 would be for research outcomes in 2013). The Outstanding Research Awards provide faculty members annual recognition for research in like manner as the Regents Teaching Awards provide annual recognition for teaching. 

Each Outstanding Research Award recipient will be honored during a University-wide Scholars’ Week event, be recognized in the program of the Faculty Recognition Banquet, and will be presented a plaque in honor of this achievement. Faculty members who wish to be considered for the award must submit their nomination form and supporting materials to their faculty representative on the RPC, or award committee in their college. The deadline for submission of nomination varies by college. Check with your RPC representative or college award committee for the deadline date to submit a nomination. MSU colleges and schools are shown below: 

  • Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Sciences and Human Services
  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Hutson School of Agriculture
  • School of Nursing
  • Libraries

Alexander Book Award

Selected by the Residential College Heads, this award honors an individual who has contributed significantly to the development and growth of the residential college system.

Sandra Flynn Professor of the Year

Each year MSU International Students present this award to a professor for outstanding support of them both in and outside of the classroom. This award is officially presented during International Honors Day in April. This award is named in the memory of Dr. Sandy Flynn, a faculty member and an assistant provost, who was a strong advocate for International Students and International Education.

Max G. Carman Outstanding Teacher

The Max G. Carman Outstanding Teacher award was created by the Student Government Association to honor a faculty member who has established a record of exemplary teaching at Murray State University. The recipient is selected to lead the faculty at Commencement and other faculty processionals. The award is announced and a plaque presented at the Spring Senior Breakfast.