Priority 1.1

Achieve excellence and high quality in all academic and co-curricular programs, research, outreach, and community and partnership activities.

This goal truly encompasses all the goals and priorities to follow. Here we list only a few of the many examples of institutional excellence.

Named to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For”

In 2009, PSU was named as one of the Great Colleges to Work For and recognized in eight categories: collaborative governance, work/life balance, respect and appreciation, health insurance, 403b/401k, disability insurance, life insurance, and overall satisfaction with benefits.

PSU Receives SLOAN Award for Faculty Career Flexibility

Plymouth State University’s policies in helping faculty deal with unexpected family health issues has earned the institution an Innovation Award from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The award was based on policies and practices supporting career flexibility for tenured and tenure-track faculty. PSU has provided faculty dealing with health and family issues an opportunity for alternate work assignments rather than returning to teaching in the middle of a semester following the birth of a child, or care of a family member.

PSU Faculty, Staff, and Students Are Recognized

The following are illustrative of the range of awards, distinctions, and recognitions bestowed on PSU faculty, staff, and students and do not constitute a comprehensive list of such achievements.

  • Office of Public Relations earned Gold for the “Karl Drerup Enchanted Garden: Enamels by an American Master” from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, District 1 Communications Awards.
  • Student Brady Lynch earned First place in the College Division II, Art Song and Aria/Musical Theatre competition sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
  • Langdon Woods Residential Complex (LEED gold-certified residence hall) received the Gold Medal Building of America Award in honor of “the region’s most innovative, unique, and challenging projects.”
  • Duncan McDougall, Meg Petersen, and Catherine Amidon were all named Fulbright Scholars to study and work in Romania, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, respectively.
  • Paul Rogalus earned Best Short Film Script honors for “Sid and Walt” at the PictureStart Film Festival.
  • PSU was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, for commitment to service and civic engagement (one of 83 nationwide).
  • Nick Stevenson, a graduate student in Environmental Science and Policy, earned first place for “Changing Homeowner’s Lawn Care Behavior to Reduce Nutrient Losses in New England’s Urbanizing Watersheds: The Role of Social Science” at the National Water Conference in St. Louis.
  • Elizabeth Ahl won Best Chapbook prize for her poetry collection “A Thirst That’s Partly Mine” by Slapering Hol Press.

Awards Added and Recognized in New Publication

Rodney Ekstrom. Photo: Jon Gilbert Fox

Rodney Ekstrom was featured in PSU's Excellence publication. Photo: Jon Gilbert Fox

PSU has added new awards to its existing awards that celebrate faculty and staff excellence in teaching, service and scholarship. The University publishes an annual publication celebrating faculty and staff, Excellence, to recognize a few of the many talented, creative, and engaged professionals who form the PSU community. New awards include the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award, an Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, a faculty Award for Distinguished Scholarship, the Sara Jayne Steen Operating Staff Award for Distinguished Service, and the Pat Storer Award for Distinguished PAT Service. These awards were added to the already established Distinguished OS, PAT, and Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Awards.

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