Alumni & Friends

Distinguished Service Awards

Each year, we seek nominations for four distinct awards for distinguished service to the College of Criminology & Criminal Justice. These awards reflect excellence in service to the College through teaching, research, administration, and leadership.


Distinguished Service Faculty Award: The College faculty member will have provided exceptional service, mentoring, teaching, and/or research on behalf of the College.

Distinguished Service Staff Award: The College staff member will have provided exceptional service in academic advising, technical support, and/or administrative services within the College.

Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching/Research Award: The College graduate student will have excelled in his or her role as an instructor, teaching assistant, and/or research assistant within the College, mentoring undergraduate students, and/or significantly contributing to the research agenda of the College. Nominees must be Masters or Doctoral students in good standing with the College.

Distinguished Undergraduate Student Service Award: The College undergraduate student will have excelled in research projects, internship programs, and/or service to the College. Nominees must be criminology majors in good standing with the College.

Note: You may only submit one nomination per category (i.e. you may submit one nomination for each category if you wish, however, you may not submit multiple nominations in the same category).

Nomination Process

Any FSU faculty member, staff member, graduate student, undergraduate student, and alumni or friend of the College may nominate a potential recipient in any of the four award categories. No self-nominations are considered. No award recipient will be eligible for the award the following year.

The nominator does not need to be a student or employee within the College. For example, a faculty member from another FSU department can nominate a College faculty member for the distinguished service faculty award, any FSU staff member may nominate a graduate student for the distinguished graduate teaching/research award, any FSU undergraduate student may nominate a College staff member for the staff award, and any alumni or friend of the College may nominate a College student who performed well in an internship.

Nominations must be submitted through the Qualtrics survey between the opening and closing of the nomination window. There will be no early or late submissions considered. The nominator will be asked to answer the following questions in the Qualtrics survey:

  • In 50-150 words, please describe how your nominee has contributed to the College community and how he or she exemplifies distinguished service.
  • In 50-150 words, please describe a specific time when your nominee demonstrated excellence in their role as a student, teacher, researcher, mentor, or administrator.

The College of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s Development Council will review the nominations and vote to select the recipients in each category. If there are no nominations for a given award, that award will not be granted that year.

Reception of Awards

The awards will be granted annually at the Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Award Banquet, which typically occurs in the early Fall. The nominators will be invited to attend the event.

Important Dates

Nomination window opens: First day of Fall semester classes

Nomination window closes: Last day of Spring finals week

Development Council Award Selection: Summer

Awards Banquet: Typically occurs in early Fall


If you have any questions, contact Dr. George Pesta

Office: 403 Eppes