Grand Valley State University is pleased to honor our excellent faculty in a range of areas of accomplishment: faculty who teach in and outside of the classroom, contribute significant scholarship that advances their profession and enriches their teaching, offer inspired mentoring to our students, and provide dedicated service to the campus and community. Click on the award name below to see a list of recipients. Links are provided for further information and criteria for each award.
University Awards for Excellence
Glenn A. Niemeyer Award
Faculty members honored for their excellence, enthusiasm and loyalty to teaching, scholarship and service.
University Outstanding Teacher Award
Faculty member who consistently demonstrates outstanding teaching.
Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award
Faculty member whose performance in scholarly or creative activities or whose contributions through service to professional organizations is outstanding.
Outstanding University Service Award
Faculty member committed to service to the university.
Outstanding Community Service Award
Faculty member committed to community service that uses the faculty member's professional expertise.
Outstanding Advising & Student Services Award
One faculty member and one AP staff who consistently demonstrate outstanding academic advising and service to students.
This award honors a GVSU faculty member for significant service, teaching, program development, international projects, and other contributions to the internationalization of the University and campus community. It recognizes the achievements of tenured, tenure-track, or affiliate faculty members who advance international education and the global learning mission at GVSU.
Pew Awards for Excellence
Pew Teaching Awards
Several awards that honor excellent teaching in the classroom.
Pew Teaching Excellence Award, Pew Teaching with Technology Award, Pew Excellence Award for Library Faculty, Pew Teaching Excellence Award for Part-Time Faculty, Burch, Jacobs, and Moore Diversity Teaching Excellence Awards
CSCE Awards for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
Distinguished Early Career Scholar Award
This award honors remarkable investigators at GVSU who began their independent scholarship within the past six years. These scholars demonstrate mastery in their field and show significant potential for continued success. The award recipients have made major contributions to theory, research and creative practice, and they have earned national recognition for their outstanding achievements.
Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring Award
This award is intended to recognize demonstrated excellence in mentoring undergraduate researchers, to encourage mentoring relationships with undergraduate students, and to convey the campus' high regard for such contributions made by the faculty of the academic and research community.
Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award
Recipients will have direct and significant impact and involvement with graduate students, outstanding commitment and effectiveness as a mentor of graduate students, been innovative in mentoring, and have demonstrated unusual effort to provide consistent mentoring of graduate students during the course of their careers at GVSU.
Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year - Michigan Association of State Universities
The Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year program recognizes the outstanding contributions made by the faculty from Michigan's public universities to the education of undergraduate students.
Michigan Association of Governing Boards Award
no longer presented
State Excellence in Teaching Award Award
no longer presented