A program to recognize and reward exceptional performance, leadership, and contribution to the SDSU community by individual members of professional staff at South Dakota State University was established in 2012 by the Professional Staff Advisory Council and funded by the F. O. Butler Foundation Board of Trustees. Overall, the main purpose of this program is to highlight and celebrate the broad range of roles and accomplishments of professional staff employees within their unit, college, university, and outside of SDSU.
Awards will be granted annually in four different categories: Excellence in Engagement and Learning, Excellence in Scholarly Activity, Excellence in Professional Role, and Rising Star award. All professional staff, regardless of role, are eligible in the four categories. Given annually, cash stipend of $1,000 is provided for the first three awards.
Excellence in Engagement and Learning
The Professional Staff Award for Excellence in Engagement and Learning recognizes exceptional contribution in the engagement of students, faculty, staff, and the community into the SDSU experience and academic opportunities. The selection shall be based on demonstrated contribution to the land grant mission. Examples of promoting engagement and learning might include: offering an innovate seminar to engage at-risk students, developing a program to facilitate new teaching principles to high school teachers, establishing a conference to educate South Dakotans on new scientific methods, or adding a new component to improve the overall student experience. Evaluation criteria includes demonstrated innovative and/or sustained efforts in engagement and learning that positively draws students and community partners into the university experience.
Excellence in Scholarly Activity
The Professional Staff Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activity recognizes outstanding professional achievement in supporting or producing scholarly outcomes at SDSU. The selection shall be based on demonstrated contribution to the land grant mission. Examples of research, scholarship or creative activity might include: sharing knowledge or research through peer-reviewed publications, posters or presentations; developing outreach programs to improve community well-being; or designing innovative methods to streamline work practices that can benefit industry or academia. Evaluation criteria includes evidence of disseminating knowledge and successful practices developed while employed at SDSU to stakeholders outside of the university, at the local, regional or national level.
Excellence in Professional Role
The Professional Staff Award for Excellence in Professional Role recognizes consistently superior professional achievement within and beyond the professional staff member’s position requirements and expectations. The selection shall be based on success in fulfilling duties of the position, evidence of activities beyond the duties of the position including engagement in leadership activities within and outside of SDSU, professional integrity and serves as a professional role model, and overall contribution to SDSU.
Rising Star Award
The Professional Staff Rising Star Award recognizes consistently superior professional achievement by a professional staff within the first five years of employment. The nomination packet should demonstrate how the professional staff goes beyond his/her position requirements and expectations. The selection shall be based on success in fulfilling duties of the position, evidence of activities beyond the duties of the position including engagement in leadership activities within and outside of SDSU, professional integrity and serves as a professional role model, and overall contribution to SDSU. To be eligible, the professional staff must be employed less than five years as the award submission deadline.