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CALS Faculty & Staff Awards

At Cornell CALS, we are building a community of recognition.

In addition to national and international accolades, the college regularly acknowledges the outstanding work of our faculty and staff members in teaching, research, extension and service. Their efforts help to create a positive, welcoming environment where everyone can thrive. 

CALS offers a variety of awards and accolades to acknowledge our community’s individual and collective efforts. We encourage a diverse and inclusive pool of candidates for consideration.  

Nominations for our various awards are accepted each fall and awardees are announced and celebrated at our spring awards event.

Acknowledge excellence.

Nominate CALS faculty and staff for their remarkable teaching, research, extension and service! Below you will find both faculty and staff award opportunities.

Nominations will be accepted each year September 1 - October 15.

Nominate Outstanding Faculty

Choose from this selection of opportunities to recognize the teaching, research and extension of our academic talent:

Awarded to early-career faculty who demonstrate a commitment to quality instruction, show evidence of a creative combination of teaching strategies and generate enthusiasm in students.

Awarded to faculty who engage with students using creative and novel techniques, introducing students to cutting edge information in their field.

Awarded to a meritorious and senior faculty member who has provided outstanding teaching and advising to students across their career.

The CALS Kathy Druckman Berggren Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes members of the CALS faculty or academic staff who have made a significant contribution to fostering an inclusive environment through their teaching, extension, or research.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to research, including everything from solving critical problems facing New York state, the region or beyond to contributions to knowledge, understanding and theory at the disciplinary level.

Candidates for this award have demonstrated leadership in developing a highly innovative and responsive extension/outreach program that addresses stakeholder needs.

Candidates for this award have demonstrated innovation and leadership by integrating science-based knowledge into public policy and/or management.

Candidates for this award have demonstrated leadership in a specific role such as a chair or leader of a task force or program.

This award recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary leadership and/or scholarship in applied or basic research, extension, outreach, integration of science-based knowledge into public policy or service to the college and university during the initial years of their career and of their time at Cornell.

Candidates for this award have achieved widespread recognition nationally and within CALS for their scholarly accomplishments, teaching, leadership, service to their discipline and/or application/extension of knowledge in the biological, physical or social sciences.

Awarded to faculty who demonstrate outstanding achievement and skill in providing leadership; outreach; or other extraordinary service to the university, community or the nominee’s professional organization.

Awarded to faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching techniques and achievements, scholarship and professional growth and student services.

Awarded to faculty who demonstrate excellent in a variety of research, professional scholarship activities, creativity, grant funding and academic acclaim.

Awarded to faculty who demonstrate extraordinary performance in librarianship, service to the university and profession, and scholarship and continuing professional growth.

Nominate Outstanding Staff

Choose from this selection of opportunities to recognize the outstanding service of our staff:

Awarded in seven distinct categories to staff who demonstrate the university's Skills for Success; awardees are considered for their work on a special project or initiative, for lifetime achievement, or for exemplary service.

Awarded to staff who serve as professional role models for a university system in the pursuit of excellence.

Awarded to hourly staff members who have continuously demonstrated outstanding achievement, skill and commitment to excellence in fulfilling the job description for the position held.

Looking for CALS student-nominated awards?

Look no further. These awards celebrate and recognize those in our community who inspire and engage students through innovative and transformative advising, mentoring and teaching practices. 


Please reach out to the CALS Dean’s Office at CALSDean [at] (CALSDean[at]Cornell[dot]edu) for assistance!