The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Professional & Scientific Council is the representative body for all P&S staff in the college. Members work with the dean and ISU P&S Council representatives to address topics that are important to CALS P&S staff.
CALS Awards Program Enhances Opportunities for P&S Staff Recognition
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Dean’s office and the CALS Professional and Scientific Council partnered to review the CALS Awards Recognition Program. As a result, the 2020 process, which closes nominations on Nov. 19, includes an expanded opportunity for Professional and Scientific (P&S) staff to obtain recognition for the work they accomplish.
This year separate awards have been established for both faculty members and staff members in these eight existing award categories:
- Early Achievement in Advising Award
- Early Achievement in Extension and Outreach Award
- Learning Community Coordinator Award
- Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Outreach Award
- Outstanding Adviser Award
- Outstanding Service in Student Recruitment and Retention Award
- Diversity and Inclusion Enhancement Award
- Teaching Award
As always, staff remain eligible for three additional awards:
- CALS P&S Outstanding New Professional Award
- CALS P&S Excellence Award
- CALS P&S Research Award
“Dean Robison is in full support of these new changes which ensure that both faculty and P&S staff are getting recognized for their excellent contributions to the mission of the college, and the university as a whole,” said David Acker, Associate Dean of Academic and Global Programs.
The awards website and nomination process will look much the same, but the process by which the awards are selected has been updated. The CALS P&S Council Awards Committee now has the responsibility of reviewing applications and serving as the selection committee for the P&S awards. They also will work with the faculty awards committee on the section of the recipients for the two remaining awards where the nominees can be faculty or staff, the CALS Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research and the CALS Distance Education Teaching Award. The faculty and staff selection committees will continue collaboration to ensure efficiency.
Additionally, language was removed from the awards process that restricted P&S staff from winning more than one award during their career at Iowa State. “We believe our work with Associate Dean Acker will result in an awards structure that will enhance the College’s efforts to recognize both P&S staff and faculty excellence,” said Nate Dobbels, CALS P&S Awards and Recognition Committee chair and academic adviser in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies.
CALS P&S staff are encouraged to submit applications by Nov. 19 for the 11 awards now available to them. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to be active in the nomination process. Please consult your departmental awards committee or department chair for details on the nomination process. For further questions, please contact Dobbels.
The CALS Professional and Scientific Council’s purpose is to represent the professional interests of the CALS P&S staff by serving as a voice to the ISU P&S Council, the CALS Dean’s Cabinet, and other leaders as appropriate; as well as coordinate staff activities that support and strengthen professional relationships between leadership and P&S employees. The CALS Professional and Scientific Council was the idea of ISU President Wintersteen. Joe Colletti, who was the Interim Dean at that time, worked with a task force to create the structure and guidelines to set up the CALS P&S Council. The inaugural councilors were seated in June 2018 and many of them are still serving their first term on the council.
CALS Professional and Scientific Council - Committees
President, Jeff Hartwig, Supt Ag Res Station II, firstname.lastname@example.org
Past President Tracy Schlater, Communications Specialist III, email@example.com
Secretary, Barb McBreen, Communications Specialist IV, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Officer, Lesa Vold, Communications Specialist III, email@example.com
Networking and Social Events Committee
Chair, Danielle (Dani) Clark, Asst Scientist I, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kati Smith, Comm Specialist I, email@example.com
Visha Arumugam, Program Assistant II, firstname.lastname@example.org
Danise Jones, Program Assistant II, email@example.com
Karla Long, Program Coordinator I, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Fulton, Associate Scientist, email@example.com
Professional Development Committee
Chair, Rachel Fleck, Research Assoc II, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Hartmann, Teaching Lab Coordinator, email@example.com
Steve Jonas , Ag Specialist III, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelvin Leibold, Field Specialist IV, email@example.com
Barb McBreen, Communications Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsy Danielson, Extension Program Specialist IV, email@example.com
Joel Rybolt, Systems Analyst III, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elaine Phompheng, Student Services Specialist II, email@example.com
Recognition and Awards Committee
Chair, Nate Dobbels, Academic Advisor II, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda Downs Admin Specialist II, email@example.com
Michael Kaiser Research Assoc. II, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liesl Eathington, Asst. Scientist III, email@example.com
Mickie Deaton , Academic Advisor II, firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan DeBlieck, Program Coordinator II, email@example.com
Ex Officio Members
Casey Smith, University P&S CALS Representative and Student Services Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth MacDonald, Food Science and Human Nutrition Chair and Assistant Dean of Graduate programs, email@example.com