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  • Nomination Criteria and Guidelines

    The intent of the awards is to honor graduates of the College of Education who have distinguished themselves through scholarly, creative and humanitarian achievement and service to their profession.

    Categories and Criteria

    These awards recognize outstanding achievements of COE graduates in the following categories:

    Business and Industryexpand menu

    • Should be currently employed in business and industry
    • Must have demonstrated exemplary contributions toward improving the educational quality within his/her community through activities such as, but not limited to: serving on school boards, district boards, district advisory committees, providing special assistance to enhance the capacity of the educational system through release time, mentorships, partners for excellence or similar activities

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    • Should have at least 10 years of experience as a classroom teacher, an administrator, or special service personnel (e.g., guidance counselor, media specialist, special area teacher or any combination thereof). This experience may have been gained from any area or grade level from Pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 in either a public or private school system.
    • Must have received recognition for teaching ability; service; and/or contributions to students, colleagues, the school community, the education profession and/or the community at large. This may include but is not limited to involvement with student activities; involvement with parents or other support groups; participation in professional and civic organizations and activities; and presentations or publications at the local, state and/or national levels

    Postsecondary Systemsexpand menu

    Two awards may be given in this category: one for a distinguished graduate serving at the university level and one for an individual accomplished at the community college level.

    • Should currently hold or has held a teaching or leadership position with a local, state or national professional educational organization; a post-secondary educational institution; or educational policy-making/review board.
    • Must have published articles, chapters, a book and/or a technical report that reflects scholarship, research or advancement of profession.
    • Must serve or have served as a representative/spokesperson of the profession in policy making with professional or political association at the state or national level.

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    • Should be actively involved in government and/or community service
    • Must have demonstrated exemplary contribution toward improving the educational quality within his/her community through enhancing the capacity of the educational system. Examples of activities may include: exemplary military service; government service at local, state and/or national levels (e.g., county commission, legislative staff); support for broad-based educational or school improvement plans; or community-school partnership activities.

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    Bestowed upon alumni who, through sustained contributions in public service or work towards advancement in international education, demonstrate a commitment to building a better world.

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    This award is intended to recognize alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years and who have had significant impact within their profession, contributed to their community, and shows promise of continued success.

    • Must demonstrate significant impact in their field or community through teaching, leadership, research, professional growth, or community outreach
    • Received recognition as an emerging leader within their field or community

    Distinguished Educatorexpand menu

    This award will be chosen from amongst all nominees.

    • Honors outstanding achievements in any area or level of education.
    • Demonstrate a strong commitment to students and life-long learning, and enhancing his/her professional growth and that of others.
    • Have the respect of peers and significant service contributions to the field of education at any level in either a teaching or administrative capacity and to the betterment of his/her community.

    Nomination Process

    • All nominees MUST be graduates of the Florida State University College of Education.
    • Nominators can complete their nomination online or by mail (see information below).
    • Nominators should be prepared to submit the following information:
      • Names and contact information of both nominating and nominated persons
      • Statement of nomination of 150 words or less that explains why the nominator feels the person is a qualified candidate
      • Current curriculum vita or resume of nominee
      • Three references and their contact information and at least one letter of reference.
      • Any documentation further supporting nominee’s accomplishments and qualifications for the award (other letters of support, announcement of other recognitions, news articles, etc.)

    Selection Process

    Winners are selected by a distinguished committee of College of Education emeritus faculty and alumni. When the selection process is complete, nominees and nominators are notified of the results. Once all winners are contacted, the results are posted online.


    THE NOMINATION WINDOW FOR THE 2018 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS IS MARCH 9TH through MAY 4TH. Click here to submit a nomination form.


    2018 Distinguished Alumni will be honored on Friday, October 19th at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner during the 2018 Homecoming activities in Tallahassee, Florida. Individual winners will be contacted with details regarding the ceremony in early Fall 2018.

    For further information, please contact Ashley Milton in the College of Education’s Office of Development at (850) 644-1141 or via e-mail.

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