Exemplary Interdisciplinary Collaboration Award

The Exemplary Interdisciplinary Collaboration Award goes to faculty who have worked collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries whether within departments, across departments, with professional colleagues, or with off-campus agencies or organizations. The Collaborative Award recipients receive $5,000 cash per group (less benefits and withholding taxes) or $5,000 in support of university-related projects (any equipment purchased as support becomes the property of WSU).

To nominate faculty for the Exemplary Collaboration Award, submit a 1 to 2 page letter of nomination that describes the focus of the collaborative project with regard to teaching, scholarship and/or service. Provide specific information that describes the:

  1. Extent of involvement of WSU students
  2. Extent of involvement of outside agencies/organizations
  3. Extent of interdisciplinary efforts
  4. Impact/results of the project on the participants
  5. Overall quality of the project

In addition, provide names of three people who are familiar with the project’s focus to serve as references. If possible, at least one reference should be a former student who has personally been involved with the project being nominated. Nominations are due late in fall semester.

In response to the nomination, nominees must submit a brief (3-5 page) summary of the collaborative project, including information which supports the criteria. References will be asked to submit 1 to 2 page letters that address the award criteria.

A selection committee, appointed by the Office of Academic Affairs, will review the nomination materials and prioritize the nominees for each award. The prioritized lists will be forwarded to the President who will choose the award recipients who are recognized in an award banquet in mid-spring.

NOTE: Faculty are not eligible to receive a second award in the same category for five years.