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Principal Global Citizenship Award

Principal Global Citizenship Award nominations are invited from Drake faculty and staff for the Principal Global Citizenship Award recognizing outstanding contributions to global engagement and internationalization of the campus and curriculum on the part of faculty or staff.

The selected awardee will receive a plaque and up to $3,000. A screening committee, appointed by the Provost, reviews all nominations and makes recommendations to the Provost.


A letter of nomination should be submitted recommending an individual for the award and explaining the context and manner in which the nominator has come to know the faculty or staff member. This letter should speak to the following qualifications:

  • Pursuant to the University’s mission to develop “responsible global citizens,” explain how the nominee has made outstanding contributions toward realizing the three main goals of the Internationalization and Global Engagement Strategic Plan, 2015-2020:
    • Goal 1: Serve as a global knowledge hub that brings value to external partners in local, national and international settings.
    • Goal 2: Infuse global and multicultural perspectives across the campus and curriculum.
    • Goal 3: Develop infrastructure, resources and communication systems to support internationalization and global engagement.
  • The nominee must be faculty or staff members in at least her/his fourth year of service at the University. The nominee cannot have won this award within the past five years. Faculty and staff members who work directly for Drake International are ineligible.
  • Nominees who indicate a willingness to be considered will be invited to submit a c.v. and a statement discussing their contributions to the above goals. One or two letters of support from faculty, staff or students will be accepted (this is optional).
  • Any individual who was nominated for the award in the preceding year may be re-nominated if the nominator resubmits a letter offering the individual for consideration this year. Files of previous nominees are maintained for two years. If a faculty or staff member is re-nominated, the nominator will be invited to review the file from the previous year to ensure that the nomination is as current as possible.

Nomination letters should be sent as an attachment to Bonnie Ehler

Questions may be directed to Annique Kiel, Executive Director for Global Engagement and International Programs.


2022 Award Winner

Individual photo of Dr. Deb Bishop

Congratulations to Dr. Deb Bishop, professor of practice in management and international business in the College of Business and Public Administration, on winning the 2022 Global Citizenship Award! Read more in OnCampus


Past Award Winners

2021: Sally Haack, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

2019: Jody Swilky, College of Arts and Sciences

2018: Pramod Mahajan, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

2017: Professor Timothy Knepper, College of Arts and Sciences

2016: Professor John P. Rovers, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

2015: Professor Ellen Yee, School of Law