WSU Tri-Cities Awards

Annual Awards

WSU Tri-Cities awards are given annually to honor those campus members who epitomize the highest levels of excellence in the pursuit of the university’s mission and goals. Each year the Chancellor calls for nominations for these awards. The Tri-Cities campus awards include:

The award will be given each year to a faculty member, or a group of collaborating faculty, who demonstrate excellence in teaching by meeting two or more of the following criteria:

  • Learning communities that encourage integration across courses
  • Undergraduate research experiences that encourage the connection of key concepts
  • Service learning/community-based learning, in which field-based, experiential learning with community partners is an instructional strategy
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion, in which a course has been designed, or redesigned, to address—either explicitly or implicitly—issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion

The Distinguished Employee Excellence Award recognizes an employee with outstanding contributions to WSU Tri-Cities in one or more of the following areas of focus.

WSU Tri-Cities Strategic Plan Areas of Focus:

  • Student Success
  • Research and Scholarship
  • Accessibility and Equity
  • Regional and Community Engagement
  • Campus Culture & Environment
  • Institutional Effectiveness

The Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence is given annually to a WSU Tri-Cities faculty member whose research, scholarship or creative work is exemplary, and whose work has had a positive influence on the broader community. It is the campus’s highest research honor.

Endowed with a donation from former Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Peter Smith, who recognized the importance of adjunct faculty to our campus, the WSU Tri-Cities Outstanding Adjunct Award will recognize an adjunct faculty who exemplifies high quality of teaching in finance, accounting, math, and other business-related academic programming. The recipient will receive a personalized gift and monetary award.

WSU Tri-Cities recognizes female students, staff, faculty, alumnae, and community members who have made notable contributions to the campus through their community through service, teaching, or involvement.