Student Awards

Dean’s List

Full time students carrying at least 12 graded credits of college-level courses (100 level or above) in a semester with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher, and NOT having any incomplete (“I”) grades, will earn Dean’s List honors, which acknowledge outstanding academic achievement.

Faculty and Staff Awards

Faculty Recognition

  • Emeritus Status
    • On behalf of Lake Superior State University, the Board of Trustees may grant Emeritus status to a faculty member with academic rank in recognition of demonstrable meritorious teaching, outstanding service, or published research. This designation may be assigned to:
      • associate or full professors, who have terminated their responsibilities as a result of retirement after a minimum of ten years at the University, or a faculty member at any rank as a result of retirement after a minimum of twenty years of service to the University, provided the candidate has attained the age of 55 at the time of retirement.
      • Individuals shall become eligible for consideration for an Emeritus appointment upon retirement. The designation Emeritus shall be appended to the rank held at retirement, e.g., Associate Professor Emeritus. Emeritus designations shall specifically indicate the candidate’s discipline, e.g., Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology.
    • Nominate a Faculty Member
  • Michigan Association of State Universities
    • 2014 Statewide Distinguished Professor of the Year: LSSU’s Dr. Ashley Moerke
    • 2011 Statewide Distinguished Professor of the Year: LSSU’s Dr. Paul Kelso

LSSU Distinguished Teaching Award

  • For over sixty years LSSU has conferred a teaching award that recognizes and honors individual excellence — the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award. Your input is key; only current students, faculty, staff and alumni may nominate faculty for this award. The award is highly competitive and prestigious as well. Each year graduating seniors and previous award recipients review many nominations prior to selecting an awardee.
  • Nominate a Professor
  • Award Recipients

Excellence in Advising Award

An academic advisor’s responsibility is to serve as a personal resource outside of the classroom for individual students as they pursue the goal of succeeding in college. The best advising is therefore an active rather than a passive activity. A good advisor–especially during times of crisis and at turning points–can be the difference between student failure and student success, both in college and more generally.

The goals of academic advising are to help students:

  • identify and clarify their academic, career, and life goals;
  • assess the role that higher education can play in achieving these goals;
  • develop educational plans consistent with these goals and with their interests and abilities;
  • select appropriate courses and other educational experiences;
  • evaluate their progress toward earning a degree and reaching their goals;
  • adapt to the demands of college life and become active members of the university community;
  • identify and utilize university and community support services;
  • interpret institutional rules, policies, and procedures; and
  • develop the skills necessary for independent decision-making.

Excellence in Advising Award Nomination Form