College of Education awards are given each year at our college’s graduation ceremony, an event that occurs just prior to the university graduation in June. Four awards are presented: to a staff person, a faculty person, a student and an alumnus or friend of the college. The purpose of the awards is to recognize individuals who have furthered the vision, mission, values and goals of the college. 

2014 Award Winners

  • College of Education Student Award:  Kellee Wood
  • Faculty Awards:  Winston Cornwall and SueAnn Bottoms
  • Staff Award: Karla Rockhold
  • Friend of the College Award: Stephen Kenney
  • Arts and Sciences Business Center Award: Joel Colvin


Awards and Criteria

Student award: The student award is presented to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a degree-awarding program in the College of Education who, in their work and accomplishments, has advanced the vision, mission, values, and goals of the College of Education. (See the vision, mission, values and goals statements below.) 

Staff award: The staff award is presented to an individual who has a full-time appointment to the college and has advanced the vision, mission, values, and goals of the college. 

Faculty award: The faculty award is presented to a faculty person, with at least a half-time appointment with the college, who has advanced the vision, mission, values, and goals of the college. 

Alumnus/Friend award: The alumnus/friend award is presented to either an alumnus or a friend who has advanced the vision, mission, values, and goals of the college. A ‘friend’ of the college is an individual who has advanced the interests of the college but are not an alum, faculty or staff person.

Over the years, awards have gone to individuals exclusively. This year, awards can go to individuals or groups. If there are individuals who worked in a group on a project that is worthy of recognition for advancing the interests of the college, nominations of groups are welcomed. 

How to nominate an individual or group: 

* You can nominate someone you think is worthy of recognition by visiting this online nomination form (now closed). The Cultural and Professional Development Committee will evaluate nomination letters.

* Your letter should indicate the reasons that your nominee is deserving of the award, including specific actions and accomplishments. Make sure that one or more specific aspects of the vision, mission and/or goals statements below are referenced in your letter.

Criteria for Awards


The College of Education is an international leader in innovative research and the preparation of scholars and lifelong learning leaders in two signature areas critical to an increasingly complex and global society: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and cultural and linguistic diversity. Through our research and professional preparation, we contribute to the development of a literate citizenry prepared to be engaged, reflective, creative, and caring members of their communities, as well as the world.


The College of Education develops multi-culturally competent researchers, scholars, learning leaders and practitioners who make a difference by promoting innovation, social justice, and lifelong learning with a focus on STEM and cultural and linguistic diversity.  Our research and professional preparation fosters scholarship, intellectual stimulation, openness, flexibility, and a sense of community.

Values and Beliefs

  • We believe that the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge in STEM disciplines must be situated in a context of social justice that acknowledges and embraces cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • We value a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to research and to teaching learners of all ages and cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Our programs are informed by research and our research is informed by our practice as educators.


  • Conduct research that fosters a deeper understanding of STEM learning across the lifespan.
  • Conduct research that furthers our understanding of the impact of cultural and linguistic diversity in a global society.
  • Work with the Cascades Campus and in partnership with colleagues across the campus including those in OSU’s proposed Center for Research in Lifelong STEM Learning and Center for Teaching and Learning to infuse our research and academic programs with interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to learning.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across Oregon and the nation in school districts, community colleges, free-choice learning institutions, community-based organizations, and other national centers such as the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) based in Washington, DC.
  • Expand our capacity to meet the needs of learners of all ages who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.