IANR Awards and Recognition

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The awards coordinated by the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources recognize faculty and staff members who advance the mission of the University in teaching, research, extension, and service.

We invite you to learn more about each award, past award recipients, and nomination information.

KUDOS AWARD nomination deadline is May 1, 2022.

For all other IANR Awards, the nomination deadline is October 1, 2022.

For more information on the University-wide faculty awards coordinated by Central Administration (IDEA, ORCA, OTICA, UDTA), visit their recognition and awards website.

Staff Awards

Outstanding Employee Award

In recognition of an employee who goes above and beyond their job responsibilities

Jessie Brophy
Jessie Brophy
Office of Vice Pres/Vice Chancellor
2021 OEA recipient
Becky Carter
Becky Carter
IANR Finance & Personnel Office
2021 OEA recipient
Heather Hulinsky
Heather Hulinsky
Beadle Business Center
2021 OEA recipient
Kay McClure-Kelly
Kay McClure-Kelly
Agronomy & Horticulture
2021 OEA recipient
Award: $750
Eligibility: Permanent IANR office/service or managerial/professional (.50 FTE or more). Employee cannot be on corrective probation. The OEA can be received once every 5 years.

Exemplary Service Award

In recognition of outstanding employees who maintain a high level of exemplary service to the university.

MMike Livingston
Mike Livingston
Agronomy & Horticulture
2021 Exemplary Service Award recipient
Award: $1000
Eligibility: Permanent IANR office/service or managerial/professional (.50 FTE or more) with 20 or more years of service to the university. Employee cannot be on corrective probation. Nominees should consistently demonstrate high-quality performance, project a commitment toward excellence in the quality of daily work, inspire a "teamwork attitude," contribute to high-staff morale, and use sound judgment in the exercise of duties.

Omtvedt Servant Leader Award

In recognition of outstanding employees who demonstrate servant leadership in a way that inspires collaboration and excellence, and elevates the performance of others.

Thomas McAndrew
Thomas McAndrew
Agronomy & Horticulture
2021 Omtvedt Servant leader award recipient
Award: $1000
Eligibility: Full time IANR employees in office/service or managerial/professional roles. Employee cannot be on corrective probation.

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents Kudos Award

In recognition of outstanding service to the University of Nebraska

Scott Kurz
Scott Kurz
Animal Science
2021 KUDOS Award recipient
Award: $150
Eligibility: The Board of Regents recognize full-time employees for outstanding service to the University of Nebraska. All past IANR Outstanding Employee Award recipients are eligible for nomination.

Faculty Awards

Omtvedt Innovation Award

In recognition of innovative faculty members, or a team lead by faculty, in the areas of teaching, research and extension education

Kathleen Brooks
Kathleen Brooks
Agricultural Economics
2021 Omtvedt Innovation Award for Teaching recipient
Patricio Grassini
Patricio Grassini
Agronomy & Horticulture
2021 Omtvedt Innovation Award for Research recipient
Kristin Malek
Kristin Malek
Nutrition and Health Sciences
2021 Omtvedt Innovation Award for Extension recipient
TAPS Team
TAPS Team: Matthew Stockton, Daran Rudnick (pictured), and Chuck Burr
2021 Omtvedt Innovation Award for Team recipient
Award:$2500 (or $5000 per team)
Eligibility: IANR faculty, or a team lead by a faculty, who has demonstrated exceptional abilities and innovation in the areas of teaching, research, or extension education.

Dinsdale Family Faculty Award

In recognition of a meritorious faculty member for unique contribution in teaching, research, or extension education

Matt Kreifels
Matt Kreifels
Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
2021 Dinsdale Award recipient
Award: $2000
Eligibility: Faculty member who has not yet been awarded tenure or who is not in a tenure track position; e.g. equivalent rank faculty, lecturers, extension educators, who have demonstrated unique contributions in teaching, research, or extension education.