Office of the Provost

2020 Outstanding Public Service Award nominations

Deadline: Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

Do you know of a faculty or staff member who has made exemplary contributions to the common good through public service? If so, consider nominating that person for the 2020 Outstanding Public Service Award.

This award, initiated in 1980, recognizes faculty and staff efforts to improve the quality of life locally, nationally or internationally. It is presented at the Awards of Excellence event each June and includes a $5,000 award. The selection committee, composed of faculty and staff, considers the nature and extent of the public service activity, the amount of time and effort involved, and its lasting impact.

The basis for the nomination may be social, cultural, civic, education-related, or health-related achievements for work performed without compensation. It may be uncompensated consulting work within one’s area of expertise, or volunteer work in other areas. The committee will consider whether the work benefits large numbers of people, significantly impacts the welfare of a few, or influences major issues.

Nominations may be made by faculty or staff, or by a member of an organization that has benefited from the public service activity. Please include a maximum of three nominating letters that should not exceed two single-spaced typed pages. The letters should include the following:

  • a description of the nature, extent and impact of the service
  • an explanation of the effort and the time period in which it occurred
  • whether the nominee received compensation for the activity

Please submit your nomination and up to three two-page letters of support via email attachment in a single document as an Adobe PDF to by Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.


Past Outstanding Public Service Award recipients

  • 2019, Dr. Theresa Cheng, clinical assistant professor, Periodontics
  • 2018, Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn, acting assistant professor, Pediatrics
  • 2017, Helen Teresa “Trez” Buckland, clinical assistant professor, Nursing
  • 2016, Augustine McCaffery, senior administrative specialist, Graduate School
  • 2014, Angelina Snodgrass Godoy, professor, Law, Societies and Justice
  • 2013, Katherine Beckett, professor, Sociology
  • 2012, Jacqueline McMurtrie, associate professor, Law
  • 2011, Tracy Harachi, associate professor, Social Work
  • 2010, Terrie Klinger, associate professor, Marine Affairs
  • 2009, Richard Ladner, professor, Computer Science and Engineering
  • 2008, Nancy Amidei, senior lecturer, Social Work
  • 2007, Erasmo Gamboa, associate professor, American Ethnic Studies
  • 2006, Sinclair Yee, professor, Electrical Engineering
  • 2005, Bruce Psaty, professor, Medicine and Epidemiology
  • 2004, Millie Russell, assistant to the vice president, Minority Affairs
  • 2003, Dena Brownstein, associate professor, Pediatrics
  • 2002, Anita Ramasastry, professor, Law
  • 2001, Charles Mock, assistant professor, Surgery
  • 2000, Eugene Edgar, professor, Education
  • 1999, Albert Black, senior lecturer, Sociology
  • 1998, Edward D. Lazowska, professor, Computer Science and Engineering
  • 1997, Ann Streissguth, professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • 1996, Diana Wilke, Nursing
  • 1995, Peter Domoto, Dentistry
  • 1994, Philip Bereano, professor, Technical Communications; adjunct professor, Women Studies and American Ethnic Studies
  • 1993, Hubert Locke, professor, Public Affairs
  • 1992, Robert W. Deisher, professor emeritus, Pediatrics
  • 1991, Betty Jane Narver, director, Institute for Public Policy and Management; Graduate School of Public Affairs
  • 1990, Roy Prosterman, professor, Law
  • 1989, Abraham B. Bergman, director, Pediatrics
  • 1988, Marci Catanzaro, assistant professor, Physiological Nursing
  • 1987, W.T. Edmundson, professor emeritus, Zoology
  • 1986, Robert Aldrich, professor, Pediatrics
  • 1985, Victor Steinbrueck, professor emeritus, Architecture (awarded posthumously)
  • 1984, Brewster C. Denny, professor, Public Affairs
  • 1983, Solomon Katz, university historian and professor emeritus, History
  • 1982, Joseph A. Witt, research associate professor, Center for Urban Horticulture
  • 1981, Michael K. Copass, associate professor, Nephrology
  • 1980, Howard Nostrand, professor, Romance Languages