Excellence Awards recognizes above-and-beyond staff


Faculty at the University of Idaho will be recognized at the 2013 Excellence Awards on April 15.
UI has been recognizing faculty annually since 1990, beginning with the Teaching Excellence Awards. Since then, multiple awards have been added.
The Excellence Awards are presented by President M. Duane Nellis and Provost and Executive Vice President Doug Baker.
“The purpose of the Excellence Awards is to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms at the academic level,” according to a press release by Baker.
Larry Forney is one of 24 UI faculty members being recognized in the 2013 Excellence Awards.
Forney is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and will be recognized as a University Distinguished Professor.
“It’s always nice to be recognized for what you’ve been able to accomplish and it actually makes me reflect that I work with really great people …  at a university that actually has facilitated a lot of the work that I do in my research and teaching,” Forney said.
There are a total of five distinguished professors that have been recognized before this year, three in 2011 and two in 2012. Professor Sanford Eigenbrode of the Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Services will also be receiving the 2013 Excellence Award for University Distinguished Professor.
A distinguished professor is nominated annually to recognize excellence in faculty.
Baker said the selection of a Distinguished Professor is “judged by peers, in scholarly, creative and artistic achievement; breadth and depth of teaching in their discipline; and university service as well as service involving the application of scholarship, creative or artistic activities that address the needs of one or more external publics.”
The Excellence Awards will take place at 6 p.m. April 15 in the Student Union Building ballroom.
Meal tickets for the 2013 Excellence Awards are $25 per person and $12 for past Excellence Award recipients with a guest.
Emily Johnson can be reached at arg-news@uidaho.edu

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