Dr. Stan Rives earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Illinois State University, was a member of the Illinois State University faculty, and served as an administrator from 1958 until 1980. The Stan and Sandy Rives Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award was established in honor of Stan's longtime commitment to an undergraduate program of the highest quality and for his contributions to Illinois State University as Dean of Undergraduate Instruction.
The award recognizes outstanding teaching or any significant contribution to the undergraduate experience, with special attention given to the first-year experience.
To be eligible to compete for the Award, the applicant must be a member of the University community (minimum of 3 years) and hold a faculty, academic professional, or civil service position at Illinois State University.
In addition to the $3,000 cash award, the recipient will receive a commemorative plaque.
2023 - Alejandro Enriquez, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
2022 - Ryan Gray, Sociology and Anthropology
2021 - Brenton Kane, College of Business
2020 - Shelly Clevenger, Criminal Justice Sciences
2019 - Amelia Noël-Elkins, University College
2018 - Mary Jo Fabich, University College
2017 - John F. Hooker, Communication
2016 - David Anderson, Philosophy
2015 - William "Bill" Shields, Geography-Geology
2014 - Wendi Whitman, University College
2013 - Sally Parry, College of Arts and Sciences
2012 - Lori Adams, Theatre
2011 - Carlye Kalianov, University College
2010 - Robert McLaughlin, English
2009 - Ron Gifford, History
2008 - Joint recipients: Stephen K. Hunt and Cheri J. Simonds, Communication
2007 - Kyle E. Ciani, History