Dean's Awards for Excellence

Recipients of the Dean's Awards with Dr. Clay Marsh

The Dean's Excellence, Teaching, Service and Staff Awards recognize School of Medicine faculty and staff members for their demonstrated excellence in a particular area or for their years of service to the organization. Nominations for these awards come from faculty, medical students and residents, and staff members of the School of Medicine, and is one of the highest levels of recognition that a colleague can receive. Recipients demonstrate excellence in a specified area for an extended period of time. They are recognized by others for their influence—beyond that of their immediate department—and exemplify the School's values of integrity, respect, love, creativity, courage, faith, humility and trust.

The description of each award and the criteria required for nomination can be seen below.

2017 Dean’s Awards


Description and Criteria

Staff Award
Administrator of the Year Awarded to an administrative staff member who demonstrates excellence in leadership.  The staff member is typically the senior administrator in a department, center, or institute and is recognized for operational excellence, willingness to assist other units and serve on committees/workgroups, good stewardship of resources, and is known as a positive team-builder inside and out of their unit.
Professional Staff of the Year Given to a staff member who demonstrates excellence in their work, contributes to a positive work environment, and is a strong team contributor.
Support Staff of the Year Presented to a staff member who exhibits excellence in their work, contributes to a positive work environment, and demonstrates service to the mission of the SOM.
Teaching Awards
Professional Degree Program (Sr/Jr Level) These awards recognize a faculty member with exceptional teaching and/or innovation in teaching methods, course and curriculum design, and instructional tools.
Medical Degree Program (Sr/Jr Level)
Excellence Awards
Educational Innovation Recognizes a faculty member, staff person, or team who demonstrates excellence in the specified area of a period of time and are expected to continue to contribute and demonstrate this excellence.  Recognition must be beyond their immediate worksite and/or area of influence.
Clinical Service
Community Service
Service to the School
Regional Campus Awards
Charleston Division Dean’s Award
(up to three awards)
Recognizes achievement or excellence in education, research, teaching, service or administrative activities and focuses on faculty and staff at our regional campuses and outcomes/ideas which may be under-recognized or under-appreciated due to geographic distance.
Eastern Division Dean’s Award
(up to three awards)

List of previous Dean's Awards for Excellence: PDF