Each year, SWST will award one deserving individual, a Distinguished Educator Award (in teaching or in extension/outreach). The nominating department head should indicate whether the Educator Award nomination submitted is for teaching or for outreach.

Purpose of the Award: The SWST Distinguished Educator Award encompasses disciplines of teaching as well as outreach and is intended to recognize individual faculty and instructors at a university for sustainable performance of excellence in teaching or to recognize faculty, staff or industry personnel for outstanding extension, engagement and economic development activities in wood or related field.

Teaching Recognition: Above and beyond an individual exemplary class, the distinguished educator award should show a kind of sustainable excellence in teaching that incites intellectual curiosity in students, inspires colleagues, and makes students aware of significant relationships between the academia and the world at large. Part-time instructional appointees, including those who serve the departments at universities full or part-time in other capacities, become eligible for the award after teaching at least 2 course sections.

Extension/Outreach Recognition: The award will recognize a faculty or staff member at a university, or an industry member, who has made significant contributions to extension and outreach education and makes a priority of engagements that links wood and related products to the citizens of the state, nation or globally. The award is intended for individuals who show a sustained distinguished performance and educational contribution to various clienteles (including students, institutions, industry, and others) through various extension activities.

Nature of the Award: Recipients of the Distinguished Educator Award will receive a cash award ($500.00) and a plaque recognizing them from SWST. The recipient will be honored at the annual SWST International Conference. The recipients of the Educator Award may be called upon by SWST to provide a voice in issues related to teaching or extension/outreach in forums or panels at the SWST conference and they will be advocates for excellence in imparting education in wood science and related fields.

Criteria for Distinguished Educator (PDF)