The Distinguished Service Award is the most significant recognition that Miami has to offer for employees who have made a significant impact on the life and mission of Miami University.
Nominees for this award must meet the following criteria:
- Current member of Miami's faculty, classified/unclassified staff, or administration; or a retiree of no longer than three (3) years
- Record of service that has made a significant impact on the life and mission of Miami University
- Recognition across a large community at Miami for service to students, a specific department, school, or campus, or to the University as a whole
Ordinarily, the nominee should have at least twelve (12) years of service to Miami University. Consideration for this award also requires two letters of nomination—one each from people representing at least two distinct University constituencies (e.g., departments, divisions, students organizations, staff organizations). These letters should convey the various positions the candidate has held or tasks in which the candidate has participated. The letters should also describe in detail ways in which this individual has made a significant contribution to a broad community at Miami University.
The Awards and Recognition Committee, an advisory committee of University Senate, reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the University president, who makes the final selection.
The call for nominations for the Distinguished Service Award is issued every other year (years beginning with odd numbers: 2015-2016, 2017-2018, 2019-2020 etc.), alternating with the University Distinguished Professor Award. It is presented to no more than two recipients.