WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor's

Distinguished Employee Excellence Award

Established in 2020, 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; Student Success, Research and Scholarship, Accessibility and Equity, Regional and Community Engagement, Campus Culture & Environment, and/or Institutional Effectiveness.

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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.

Student Success

  • Fosters an inclusive environment supporting academic achievement and the essential life skills that lead to personal growth and development of students.

Research and Scholarship

  • Elevates research and creative work as a public land-grant, R1 WSU institution.

Accessibility and Equity

  • Actively reduced barriers to employee and student success by providing support and promoting enhanced engagement, access and representation.

Regional and Community Engagement

  • Demonstrated WSU TC value to the community and leveraged the distinctiveness of the region through engagement with students, faculty, and staff.

Campus Culture & Environment

  • Promotes a vibrant culture of pride and an inclusive environment that fosters both collective and personal achievement.
  • Empowers and actively supports others to achieve results that support their department or campus goals.

Institutional Effectiveness

  • Prioritizes the strategic and efficient stewardship of resources.
  • Generates valuable ideas that help to develop new or improved processes, methods, systems, programs, or services for their team, department, or the campus.
  • Demonstrates professional behavior through their willingness to cooperate, work, and communicate with others in the workplace.
  • Demonstrates exceptional service to the campus and/or community at large (e.g., voluntary participation in community groups, boards, or charitable organizations)


  • Nominees may be recognized once every three years
  • All WSU TC employees are eligible


  • Nominations are submitted by current employees of WSU TC using an electronic fillable nomination form
  • Nomination submissions will open February 1, 2021 – March 1, 2021
    • Candidates will be evaluated on their contributions and accomplishments for calendar year 2020.
  • The awards committee will review applicants and evaluate based on the identified criteria. Up to three candidates will be recommended for the chancellor’s review.
  • The chancellor may select a recipient of the award and may announce their selection at the fall update.
  • Recipients will be presented with a keepsake to commemorate their distinguished honor.
  • Self-nominations will be considered.


  • October 2020 – Award and Criteria Announced to WSU Tri-Cities Community
  • February 2020 – February 2021 – Evaluation Period for 2021 Nominations
  • February 2021 – Nominations Open
  • March 2021: Award committee reviews nominations and submits finalists to the Chancellor for review
  • April 2021: If a final candidate is selected, the recipient is announced at a recognition event sponsored and organized by the Office of the Chancellor

*If there are no nominations or nominations do not meet the defined criteria, the award will roll to the next year.


  • The Awards Committee consists of a diverse set of individuals appointed by the Chancellor that adequately represents the campus community.


  • Have questions regarding the WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor’s Distinguished Employee Excellence Award please contact Heather Cova at

Nominations are Open

We seek nominations from a variety of WSUTC sources who might have unique insights into excellent teaching. Anyone can nominate an excellent teacher, including students, faculty, staff, supervisors, and academic directors. We also welcome self-nominations!

Applications Open Soon

Because assessment is an essential aspect of measuring excellence, to qualify for this award, faculty must show evidence for their respective criteria. At least one peer teaching observation and data from BlueCourse evaluations are required, along with one additional category of evidence.

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