Established by former Interim Dean Rose Porter, the Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award celebrates the dedication, resolve, leadership, and overall excellence of individuals making significant contributions to the MU College of Education. Rose Porter has always been a strong advocate for staff, noting that “they keep the place running.” Jill Williams-Graham (M ED 1990) and her husband Dr. Steven Graham, Sr. Associate Vice-President, UM System, have joined Dr. Rose Porter and her husband Dr. Michael Porter, recognizing the immense impacts staff have in the running of the college.

Nominations can be made at any time by faculty, staff or students. One awardee is named for each month of the year.

Nomination Form

Award Criteria

Nominee must be a benefit-eligible staff member in the College of Education who:

  • Embodies the values of the College of Education
  • Demonstrates work ethic and collegiality
  • Engages in professional development and encourages others to do the same
  • Makes suggestions for how to improve work processes or environment
  • Effectively communicates and collaborates with others

Recipients receive:

  • A star trophy
  • $450 award (taxable)
  • End of year celebratory luncheon with Dean Chval and award sponsors

2017 Award Recipients

  • January: Betty Kissane
  • February: Patti Kohnen
  • March: Vickie Robb
  • April: Michael Urban
  • May: Michelle Mueller

2016 Award Recipients

  • September: Steve Adams
  • October: Amy Adam
  • November: Tina Edholm
  • December: Tina Windett