For faculty and staff

Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award


The Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a University of Missouri Extension faculty member for planning, conducting and evaluating one extension educational activity conducted this past year.


Recipient receives up to $2,000 (based on actual expenses) for an approved professional development activity.


All University of Missouri Extension faculty are eligible. Members of the immediate administrative staff of the vice chancellor for extension, regional directors, campus extension administrators and members of the Fellowship and Awards Committee are not eligible.


Nominees should have a primary role in completing or making significant progress toward accomplishing identifiable goals of an extension teaching program conducted in one year.

Nominations are evaluated on:

  • Need for the educational activity and extent to which it reflects current University of Missouri Extension priority program areas.
  • Educational objectives and clear identification of the target audience.
  • Evaluation design and evidence of impact.
  • Innovation demonstrated by the educational activity.

Nominations and selection

University of Missouri campus and regional faculty and professional staff members may make a nomination.

click the link located in the submission section  to name your nominee for this award.  Nominations will open on June 1 and are accepted through July 13.  Nominators will be directed through a simple form consisting of brief text fields, drop-down selection boxes, and a single 500 character (or less) description of why your nominee is deserving of the award.  An individual award nomination involves only 7 brief fields or clicks, and a team award nomination involves only 12 fields or clicks.  Note:  Nominator name and contact information are not required fields; you may nominate anonymously or self-nominate.

After submission of the nomination form, the nominee will be contacted in early July to complete an electronic application form.  Many fields on the application form will auto-populate from the nomination information.  The nominee may edit this information and/or complete a single narrative (limit 750 characters) describing their work.  A current CV (for faculty awards) is the only requirement with no adaptation necessary to relate to the award. An easy checkbox page will allow the applicant to select the required references, with an option to list two additional references.  Applications from nominees are accepted through August 15.

Following the application submission, the references will be contacted in August to complete one checkbox and a single limited text field to support the nomination.  So simple!

If you have questions regarding this process, please contactTiffany McMichael at (573) 882-2394 or  For award-specific questions, please email

Nominations are reviewed by the Fellowship and Awards Committee appointed by the vice chancellor for extension. The committee — composed of representatives of UMEA, Epsilon Sigma Phi, the University of Missouri campuses, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement — makes recommendations to the vice chancellor, who makes the final selection.


Click here to submit your nominations:

For award questions, please email:

Award location

A symbol or recognition is presented by the vice chancellor for extension at a regional or campus event.

Award recipients


2017 Cynthia E. Crawford
2016 Ashley Morgan Bales
2015 Joseph William Koenen
2014 Shirley J. Farrah
2013 Lee Ann Woolery
2012 David L. Burton
2010 Karen Jewel Elliott
2009 Wendeline S. Brumbaugh
2008 Rebecca J. Travnichek
2007 Cynthia E. Crawford
2006 Marsha A. Alexander
2005 Carole Grigsby Bozworth
2004 Nina Yuh Hsien Chen