SEC Faculty Achievement Awards


The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards honor those with outstanding records in both teaching and scholarship who serve as role models for junior faculty and students. To qualify for the award, an individual’s scholarly contribution or discoveries must be such that colleagues within the discipline have acknowledged the faculty member nationally or internationally.


To be eligible for an SEC Faculty Achievement Award, a faculty member shall:

  • Be a teacher/scholar at the SEC university
  • Have achieved the rank of full professor at the SEC university
  • Have a record of extraordinary teaching
  • Have an outstanding record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally
  • Not be a past SEC Faculty Achievement Award winner


Based upon the requirements for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, nomination materials include:

Additional Information

One Professor of the Year Award is given to the outstanding faculty member in the SEC, the monetary value of which is $20,000.

In addition, one SEC Faculty Achievement Award winner from each SEC university will receive a $5,000 honorarium.

SEC Professor of the Year:

  • Dr. James Birchler,Curators' Professor in Biological Sciences, 2017

MU Recipients:

  • Dr. James Birchler,  Curators' Professor in Biological Sciences, 2017
  • Professor Glen Cameron, Professor of Journalism, 2016
  • Dr. Michael F. Smith, Curators' Professor in Animal Science, 2015
  • Dr. Judy Wall, Curators' Professor in Biochemistry, 2014
  • Dr. Joshua Millspaugh, O'Connor Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Management, 2013

All SEC Recipients:


Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018 (noon)

Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted by the divisional dean. Submit nomination materials as a Word document to, naming each document starting with the applicant's last name followed by a document reference (i.e., Jones-SEC application).

The documents will be made available to MU’s selection committee and MU finalist for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award will be identified in February 2018. The provost's office will oversee submissions of the final nomination for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award.

Send only the original copy of the entire proposal packet to:

Office of the Provost
114 Jesse Hall