2017 Faculty/Staff Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 award winners!

Americans with Disabilities Act Award

Morgen Alwell

Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning

This award honors individuals whose important contributions advance education and employment opportunities for people with disabilities at The University of Montana-Missoula.

Distinguished Scholar Award

Brent Ruby

Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance

The Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes faculty who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of research, creativity, or other scholarly activities.

Distinguished Service to International Education Award

Daniel Spencer

Professor, Department of Environmental Studies Program

This award is presented to a member of the UM community who has an outstanding record of distinguished service to international education at UM.

Distinguished Teaching Award

Ona Renner-Fahey

Associate Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

This award is bestowed on a faculty member who has exhibited a history of excellence in classroom teaching and demonstrated a quality long-term impact upon students.

Graduate Teaching Award

No award given in 2017

The Graduate Teaching Award was established by the UM Center for Teaching Excellence, the Graduate School, and the Office of the Provost to honor outstanding teaching by a graduate teaching assistant.

Montana Faculty Service Award

Catherine Off

Associate Professor, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

The Montana Faculty Service Award recognizes a faculty member who has a history of providing superior, effective service that benefits The University of Montana.

Most Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award

Meradeth Snow

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

The Most Inspirational Teacher of the Year award is voted on by students in recognition of a professor who has had an extraordinary impact on their lives.

Nancy Borgmann Diversity Award

Tobin Miller Shearer

Associate Professor, Department of History

The Nancy Borgmann Diversity Award, named in honor of a former Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, recognizes contributions made by individuals or agencies that support the University’s mission on diversity.

Outstanding Faculty Advising Award

Soazig Le Bihan

Associate Professor, Department of Philosopy

The Outstanding Faculty Advising Award recognizes a faculty member who has contributed substantially to excellence in undergraduate academic advising.

Outstanding Service to Students Award

Karen Kaley

Davidson Honors College

The Outstanding Service to Students Award recognizes exemplary service by staff, including academic and personal advising, to the student body.

Outstanding Service to Campus Community

Mona Weer

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

The Outstanding Service to Campus Community Award recognizes employees who serve campus and UM employees in an exemplary manner.

Outstanding Staff Award–Campus Interaction & Meritorious Job Performance

Andrea Armstrong

Campus Recreation Administration

This award focuses on a staff member who not only exceeds expectations within the department, but also interacts and provides service to campus, someone who creates a positive impression of his or her department by his or her spirit of service, interactions with others, and impact outside of the department.

Outstanding Staff Award–Excellence In Job Performance

Jaylene Naylor

Physics and Astronomy

This award focuses on a staff member who excels in all aspects of his or her position, someone who possesses an excellent work ethic and has an extraordinary impact within the department as a role model, connecting with students, staff, faculty, or administrators.

Outstanding Teamwork Award

University Villages

Jerome Steen, Gabriel Ansah, Oleg Salimov

The Outstanding Teamwork Award recognizes staff from any office, unit, department, or group for working exceptionally well together to perform the assigned mission.

J.B. Speer Award for Distinguished Administrative Service

Elizabeth Roosa Millar

Director, University Center

The J.B. Speer Award for Distinguished Administrative Service honors an administrator who has made an extraordinary commitment and contribution to The University of Montana.

Outstanding Mentoring Award

No Award Given in 2017

The Outstanding Mentoring Award will be granted annually to a faculty member who has contributed substantially to the career development and retention of one or more untenured but tenure-track faculty members.