Service Recognition Award

The Service Recognition Award recognizes outstanding service to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences by individuals such as adjunct professors, USDA, or Illinois Survey scientists affiliated with the college.

The Award

Each year the college may present one Service Recognition Award. The award includes a $1,000 personal award and a certificate of recognition.


Nominees for the Service Recognition Award must have the rank or title of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, or adjunct professor. They must not be tenured or receiving probationary credit toward tenure in the college, and they must receive no salary from the college or any unit in the college. Their relationship with the college must have existed for at least five years prior to the nomination.

Individuals may only receive the Service Recognition Award once. If an issue arises concerning the eligibility for an award, the issue will be decided by the appropriate associate dean and policy committee chair, depending upon the award for which the nomination has been made.


The nominee must be declared eligible by the unit head. Each department may only nominate one nominee per award. The nomination must be submitted electronically by the department contact before the nomination deadline.

Nomination packets must include all materials described below in a single PDF and should be formatted in at least 11-point Calibri or equivalent font; single-spaced; and 1-inch margins. Please follow this outline when submitting a nomination: 

1. Nomination cover sheet(you must download the form from Box to complete it). The cover sheet includes biographical and statistical information including education, employment record, and relevant affiliations. 

2. Letter of nomination: The letter of nomination must be co-signed by the nominator and the unit head. The letter should include major contributions to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Contributions to unit and college goals of diversity, equity and inclusion should be noted (six page maximum).

3. Letters of support: No more than three letters of support from individuals other than the nominator, such as past or present colleagues, collaborators (two page maximum).


Nominees will be evaluated on their achievement and total performance in support of the college. The award recipient will be selected by a selection committee from the college faculty. The chair of the selection committee, in consultation with its members, shall develop guidelines for the committee’s operation.

The selection committee may decide against granting an award if no meritorious candidate has been nominated. The selection committee shall submit its recommendations for a recipient to the dean. The dean shall notify the recipient, the appropriate associate dean, and unit head.