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Dennison Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards

George M. Dennison Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards for Distinguished Accomplishment

Every spring, the Dennison Awards recognize distinguished faculty and staff who have brought excellence, merit and distinction to the University of Montana. The Faculty Award is open to all tenure-track or full-time research faculty who have completed at least five years of employment with UM and whose accomplishments have brought significant recognition to the University at the regional and national levels. The Staff Award is presented to a staff member who has completed at least five years of employment with UM and recognizes a distinguished accomplishment within the employee's work unit.

STAFF AWARD

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Criteria:

  • Classified staff memeber who has
    • Completed five years of employment at the University of Montana prior to the date of nomination; and
    • Distinguished accomplishment within the employee's work unit that lends lustre to the University of Montana (lustre: "excellence, merit, distinction or glory"). 

Nomination Process:

  • Nominations will be accepted from the nominee's supervisor, co-worker, student customers, or other constituents
  • Application materials include:
    • Completed nomination form (Download nomination form here.) 
    • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Email completed nomination form and letters of recommendation to prestalk@umontana.edu by Friday, December 5, 2014 by 3:00 p.m. 

FACULTY AWARD

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Criteria:

  • Tenure-track professor of full-time research professor who has
    • Completed five years of employment at the University of Montana prior to the date of nomination; and
    • Distinguished accomplishments that have brought significant recognition to the University of Montana at the regional and national levels.  

Nomination Process:

  • Nominations will be accepted from University of Montana faculty, chairs, and deans.
  • Application materials include:
    • Completed nomination form (Download nomination form here.) 
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Nominee's curriculum vitae 
  • Email completed nomination form, letters of recommendation and nominee's curriculum vitae to prestalk@umontana.edu by Friday, December 5, 2014 by 3:00 p.m.  

Charter Day

The awards will be presented at UM's Charter Day Ceremony on Thursday, February 12, 2015. 

Past Award Winners

Staff Award:

Jodi Todd, Grant Support Specialist, College of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Office (2014)
Mary Kamensky, Graduate School (2013)
Jerry Ballas, Architect, Facility Services (2012)
Mona Mondava, Program Coordinator, Foreign Student and Scholar Services (2011)
Julee Stearns, Health Promotion Specialist, Curry Health Center (2010)
Jodi Johnson Moreau, Outreach Coordinator, Alumni Association (2009)
Juana Alcala, Director of Marketing and Recruitment, Admissions and New Student Services (2008)
Karen "Kelly" Chadwick, Groundkeeper III, UC Administration (2007)
Steve Wing, Stage Production Coordinator, Department of Drama/Dance (2006)
Cleo Johnson, Administrative Associate II, School of Education (2005)
Kristine Csorosz, Groundkeeper III, Facility Services (2004)
Diana Spas, Information Systems Support Specialist, Rural Institute on Disabilities (2003)
Becky Hofstad, Administrative Assistant, Department of Economics (2002)
Susie Castle, Administrative Assistant, Department of Englist (2001)

Faculty Award:

Anya Jabour, Professor of History and Co-Director of Women's and Gender Studies (2014) 
Joel Harper, Professor, Department of Geosciences (2013)
Peter Koehn, Professor, Department of Political Science (2012)
Rick Billstein, Professor, Department of Mathematics (2011)
Dan Pletscher, Professor/Program Chair, Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences/Wildlife Biology (2010)
Jakki Mohr, Regent's Professor, Management and Marketing (2009)
Steven Running, Regent's Professor, College of Forestry and Conservation (2008) 
Richard Bridges, Professor, College of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2008)
David Sherman, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy (2007)
Bob Pack, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of English (2006)
Richard J. Field, Professor, Department of Chemistry (2005)
Johnny Lott, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences (2004)
Albert Borgmann, Regent's Professor, Department of Philosophy (2003)
Kenneth Dial, Professor, Division of Biological Sciences (2002)
George D. Stanley, Professor, Department of Geosciences (2001)