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International Impact Awards

The International Impact Award was developed to recognize faculty who go above and beyond what is expected of faculty for engaging at the international level with teaching, scholarly activity, or service. Two winners will be selected each year. 

Selection criteria

Individuals nominated for this award should show a sustained record of international involvement/impact. Individuals should show significant and prolonged involvement in teaching, scholarly activity, or service outside of the USA. Particular emphasis will be given to international engagement while at CMU. The selection committee will be comprised of one member from the Office of Global Engagement, one member from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, and the previous year’s winners.

Source of nominations

Nominations may be submitted by deans, directors, department/program heads, committees, or individual faculty members. Current CMU students and CMU post-docs are not allowed to nominate faculty.

Deadline and notification

The nomination deadline is the first Monday in January after the holiday break (January 8, 2024), with winners notified the Monday after Spring Break.

Submit the Nominating Letter to Amy at by end of the day January 8, 2024.

Guidelines for preparing nominations

To nominate a faculty member, submit a signed letter (2 pages maximum), as one PDF, via email to Amy Courter at with the following information:

  1. Who is being nominated, including their department (bold font)
  2. A justification explaining why the individual should be selected for the award (see Justification information below)
  3. Your department and contact information, in case the selection committee has questions

Justification - The diversity of scholarly activities at CMU means that individuals evaluating the applications are unlikely to be familiar with the nuances of each discipline. Thus, nomination letters should describe the nominee’s outstanding aspects and the significance of their international engagement in a fashion understandable by a general audience paying particular attention to why the nominee’s international engagement is exceptional and deserving of this honor. Examples to include may be how the individual’s scholarly activity has been received by and impacted the international community, how the individual’s teaching has broadened student awareness of international issues and international engagement, or how their service has facilitated international collaboration.

Letters of Support - Up to two letters of support for the nominee may be included. Current students and post-docs are not allowed to submit letters of support.

Curriculum Vitae - The nominee’s CV, including the number and type of students mentored, will be generated from Faculty Success.

International Impact Award recipients 

Kathleen G. Donohue - History, World Languages and Cultures
Anthony Chappaz - Earth and Atmospheric Sciences