Commencement AwardsCommencement Awards

Each year at commencement, the University honors faculty and staff for their teaching, scholarship, service, and commitment to students. All faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate their colleagues for this recognition. Nominations typically open at the beginning of spring semester each year. Please click on the following links to learn more about the awards and submit a nomination.




Faculty Awards

Outstanding Educator Award

This award recognizes an individual, full-time faculty who demonstrates outstanding teaching effectiveness; scholarly activity; peer respect from fellow colleagues; sincere interest in students; and professional commitment and service to others and the University overall.

Nominate an Outstanding Educator

Distinguished Educators

This award recognizes three (3) individual, full-time faculty for distinguished teaching effectiveness; professional commitment; demonstrated interest in students; and service to others and the University overall.

Nominate Distinguished Educator

Distinguished Scholarly/Creative Activity

These awards recognize three faculty members for distinguished academic achievement in scholarship, which is defined by scholarly and/or creative work that has been peer-reviewed and judged to be superior.

Nominate Scholarly/Creative Activity

Outstanding Educator for Inclusion & Diversity

This award celebrates outstanding individuals or groups that, engaging with other stakeholders and partners on campus, are working to increase and sustain diversity, inclusion, and equity at SUU.

Nominate Outstanding Educator for Inclusion & Diversity

Distinguished Service

This award is to recognize an individual, full-time faculty for demonstration of distinguished service to the University and the greater community; a pattern of quality service; a variety of service efforts; efforts having increased the quality of some aspect of the University's mission; and a genuine interest in serving students, colleagues, and the University.

Nominate Distinguished Service

Distinguished Faculty for Global Engagement

More information forthcoming.

Nominate Distinguished Faculty for Global Engagement




Staff Awards

Outstanding Staff Employee

This award recognizes and honors two outstanding staff employees. These awards recognize the recipients' career in university service and their dedication to the institution.

Nominate Outstanding Staff

Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes two staff members for their many contributions they make to SUU’s campus and the professional community they are involved with. The award goes to one classified staff member and one professional staff member.

Nominate Distinguished Service




Board of Trustees Awards

Award of Excellence

This award is intended to formally recognize the outstanding achievements of faculty and staff at SUU with a particular emphasis in teaching, scholarship, administration, innovation, and public service. This is considered the highest honor given to one faculty member and one staff member by the SUU Board of Trustees.

Nominate a Faculty or Staff