Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence: Guidelines for Nominations Now Available

The nomination guidelines for the 2021-2022 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees (BOT) Awards for Excellence in Teaching and the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in University Service are now available on the BOT Awards Connect Page. Log in using your and password.

Award nominations, including the nominees’ portfolios, are due 5:00 p.m. on January 28, 2022*. Please note the earlier timeline.

This recognition is the result of the dedicated work of faculty, students, campus and system-wide award committees. Each year, campus committees review nominations and select faculty names to forward to presidents, who in turn designate teaching faculty as Outstanding Educators, and university administrative service faculty as Outstanding Service Faculty.

Out of the pool of outstanding faculty, the Board will identify up to four (4) college teaching faculty and up to three (3) university teaching faculty to be named as Educators of the Year. In addition, the Board will name one (1) university administrative service faculty as the Service Faculty of the Year.

At an awards luncheon on April 20, 2022, the Board will honor all Outstanding Educators and Educators of the Year from our colleges and universities, all Outstanding Service Faculty and a Service Faculty of the Year.

Reserve the date for this year’s event: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the Doubletree Hotel, St. Paul.

Revisions to Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence

Please note the guidelines have been revised. This past year was used to continue to fine-tune the Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence guidelines based on campus feedback, and to pursue development of additional opportunities and venues for recipient recognition and the sharing of their expertise.

During the 2020-2021 Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence pause, working groups came together to review and update the guidelines. This was in response to feedback from campus committees, nominees, and review committees. Thus, we have evaluated the process and components and made corresponding revisions outlined below. Revisions are in two categories: 1) Process and 2) Outstanding Service Faculty award.

Process Revisions

Figure 1: Award plaques located on campuses.
  1. Implementation of standard formatting and word limits using Qualtrics for online President’s Recommendation Packet submission
  2. Award medals will be given to all award recipients (previously, a pin award was given to university service faculty)
  3. Updated language around university teaching financial award to clarify financial award to department instead of “of the year” recipient to reflect current process
  4. Established a review cycle for the Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence
  5. Established on-campus award plaques for display to continue the recognition and honor of outstanding teaching and service (See figure 1)

Outstanding Service Faculty Award Revisions

Revised Award Criteria and Rubric

Previous CriteriaUpdated Criteria
I. Exceptional Work PerformanceI. Leadership and Innovation 
II. Advancement of the University MissionII. Knowledge and Expertise 
III. Advancement of Equity and InclusionIII. Advancement of Equity and Inclusion  
IV. Expertise, Creative Achievement, and Professional DevelopmentIV. Professional Development and Growth 
V. Contribution to Student Growth and DevelopmentV. Commitment to Student Success 

Details of the changes can be found in the 2021-2022 Guidelines found on the BOT Awards page of ASA Connect. The impact of these changes will be evaluated for continuation or additional modification of the process.

You will also find in the guidelines an overview for your committee and nominees, plus detailed instructions and necessary forms for compiling the Outstanding Educators and Outstanding Service Faculty Portfolios and President’s Recommendation Packets.


The program is administered by Academic and Student Affairs.

Questions may be addressed to the Program Director for Educational Development, Catherine Ford, at 651.201.1443, or by email at

View videos and programs from previous Board of Trustees Awards at

*The nomination deadline was extended from January 10, 2022.

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