LAS Merit Staff Awards


The LAS College will review, select and forward candidate nominations for corresponding university awards from the nominations submitted to the college, and for similar awards when appropriate as noted below.  For corresponding awards, all LAS eligibility and review criteria are intended to agree with the university criteria.

Although some university awards allow for direct nomination, most nominations route through the academic colleges (see the individual descriptions). Nominees for LAS awards must be LAS faculty or staff members.  Past recipients are not eligible to receive the same LAS award again.

Links to Previous Award Recipients

Merit Staff Awards

Regents Award for Staff Excellence

For complete award and nomination information, please visit: https://www.provost.iastate.edu/faculty-and-staff-resources/awards/staff/professional-and-scientific#regents

Eligibility: Professional and Scientific and Merit employees who have been employed at Iowa State University for a minimum of five (5) years.

LAS Cover Sheet: For Staff

LAS Due Date: December 2

Submission: All nomination materials should be submitted electronically to Julie Palmer
Note: Nominations may be made through LAS or directly to the University.  For direct nomination, please follow the University instructions at https://www.provost.iastate.edu/faculty-and-staff-resources/awards/staff/professional-and-scientific#regents

LAS Award for Inclusive Excellence

Purpose: Recognizes faculty, P&S and Merit staff who have advanced the college’s mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion outside of their compensated responsibilities through their teaching, scholarship, service, or campus-community outreach.

Eligibility: Faculty, P&S or Merit staff employed by Iowa State University for 3 years or more, and member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for at least one year. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the awards ceremony.

Criteria: Selection is based on:

  • Documentation that efforts made have taken place outside of the nominee’s compensated responsibilities (e.g. are separate from their job duties/PRS, are not supplemented by course buy-outs or similar benefit, are not supplemented by monies from other entities to nominee or their department in exchange for their contributions)
  • Documented evidence of exemplary performance and positive impact on the college environment in ways that are aligned with the college’s and the university’s strategic plan and non-discrimination statement, specifically documented evidence of promoting a campus environment where faculty, staff, and students of all genders, ages, cultures, races, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, and abilities can work and learn together, including demonstrated support of one or more of the College’ priority concerns for diversity
  • Involvement in initiatives that support one or more of the college’s goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion as stated in the strategic plan’s goals, sub-goals, and/or metrics. These include recruiting and retaining diverse faculty staff and student populations, improving the quality of the university environment for diverse populations, advancing the curriculum for providing the knowledge and skills needed to function as global citizens.
  • Indication of continuing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at LAS and ISU.

Submission Guidelines: Inclusive Excellence Award Guidelines

LAS Cover Sheet: For Faculty, for Staff

LAS Due Date: December 15

Submission: All nomination materials should be submitted electronically to Julie Palmer

Similar University Award: ISU Award for Inclusive Excellence
Note: Nominations may be made through LAS or directly to the University.  For direct nomination, please follow the University instructions at https://www.provost.iastate.edu/faculty-and-staff-resources/awards/faculty/inclusive-excellence

LAS Institutional Service Award

Purpose: Recognizes a member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty or staff for a history of exemplary institutional service that has benefited the department, College and/or the university.

Eligibility: Any faculty or staff member, including administrative officials with faculty rank. Former recipients of the award are not eligible. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the awards ceremony.

Criteria: Documented evidence of an established history of exemplary service and leadership on committees critical to the operation and function of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, it divisions, departments, offices and/or programs.

Submission Guidelines: Institutional Service Award Guidelines

LAS Cover Sheet: For Staff

LAS Due Date: December 15

Submission: All nomination materials should be submitted electronically to Julie Palmer

Corresponding University Award: Not applicable

LAS Merit Excellence Award

Purpose: To recognize and honor Merit employees who have achieved excellence in their respective fields.

Eligibility: Merit employees with a minimum of 5 years of service to ISU and LAS. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the awards ceremony.

Criteria: Evidence of outstanding performance as documented by peers including current supervisor.

Submission Guidelines: Merit Excellence Award Guidelines

LAS Cover Sheet: For Staff

LAS Due Date: December 15

Submission: All nomination materials should be submitted electronically to Julie Palmer

Corresponding University Award: Not applicable