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Faculty Award for Outstanding Global Contributions

The WVU Office of Global Affairs is pleased to announce the 2024 Faculty Award for Outstanding Global Contributions.  This award of $2,000 recognizes faculty who have made significant contributions to WVU’s global efforts—whether through long-term commitment to working with international students, numerous years of leading education abroad, or a one-time major-impact engagement. 

Applicants must be full-time faculty at the time of nomination; faculty may be nominated as individuals or as members of a team engaging in exemplary and significant work in the realm of  global engagement (on- or off-campus) in any combination of the land-grant missions of teaching, research, or service.  Capacity-building for WVU’s strategic interests will be a deciding factor in determining the award’s recipient(s).

Nomination packets should consist of

  • A 1-3 page mission statement outlining the effort and effect of the contribution to WVU’s global engagement (e.g., a description of an education abroad course and brief review of the course’s impact; description of a research or service project with international colleagues or global reach)
  • CV for the faculty member (or a CV for each member of the team); an abridged CV is preferred
  • One letter of recommendation from the unit leader (e.g., department chair) (for a team, one letter of recommendation from the unit leader for each team member, or one letter for the team if the team is in one unit)
  • If referenced in the mission statement, and if it adds substantially to the nomination package, other documentation may be included, such as:
    • Supporting material (e.g., syllabus, budget, student journals or assignments; RFP or grant application; conference paper abstract)
    • External/other letters of recommendation

The award winner will be recognized at the annual Faculty and Staff Awards events, along with winners of such other WVU recognitions as the Heebink, Benedum, and Foundation Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Deadline for submission
Friday, March 29, 2024
How to submit?

Submissions should be compiled and sent to

Letters of recommendation should also be sent to, referencing the name of application, or applying team.

About the award
The award of $2,000 must be transferred in fiscal year 2023-2024. The award can be used to further promote, develop, and/or advance the winners international efforts.

Past Recipients:

2022-2023: Dr. Andy Lattal
See his story here.

2021-2022: Dr. Susan Lantz
Outstanding Contributions to Global Education and Service with innovative education abroad experiences in the Middle East focusing on women in business, innovative online teaching during the pandemic, and international student engagement with WV cultural trips. Learn more about her work here.

2019-2020: Dr. Melanie Fisher
Outstanding Contributions to Global Education and Service through her leadership in overseas medical programs, and as leader of the WVU School of Medicine's Global Health Program. Watch this video to learn more about her work.

2018-2019: Neal and Susan Newfield
Outstanding Contributions to Global Education and Service through their innovative efforts in Vietnam.