Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence

Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence 2023-2024 Program Overview

Purpose and goals

The Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence seeks to recognize members of the University community who have made invaluable contributions to Syracuse University in two overarching ways — first, through commitment to scholarship and research that contribute to new understandings of the world and to creative responses to its needs; and second, through advancing the four pillars that Chancellor Kent Syverud has identified to foster excellence at Syracuse University. Those four pillars of excellence are:

  • Providing an outstanding undergraduate experience,
  • Empowering research excellence,
  • Fostering change and innovation, and
  • Positioning Syracuse as the best university in the world for veterans.

Award categories

Each year, the Chancellor’s Citation is given in four categories:

Award for Faculty Excellence and Scholarly DistinctionFaculty members (2)This award is intended for faculty who are collaborators in work of intellectual richness that has the potential for future impact. Their work should offer possibilities for collaboration within the University and outside in partnership with others.
Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Student Experience and University InitiativesFaculty member (1)
Professional staff (1)
Support staff (1)
This award is given to University faculty and staff who, through their work, have enhanced the undergraduate experience for students or made invaluable contributions to supporting and advancing the University’s mission and goals.
Award for Excellence in Student ResearchGraduate student (1)
Undergraduate student (1)
This award is intended for students who have, during their time at Syracuse, engaged in collaborative research that has the potential to make a deep and lasting impact on society.
Lifetime Achievement AwardFaculty member (1)This award honors faculty who have made extraordinary contributions toward advancing all four pillars of excellence over the arc of their careers at the University and beyond.

Award recipients each receive a special art object created by a faculty member in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, together with a citation statement recognizing their accomplishments.

Nomination process

For faculty and staff awards, nominations may be made by members of the University community, including alumni. For student awards, the nomination must be submitted by a faculty member. Individuals may not self-nominate.

The complete nomination includes the following four items combined (in order) into a single PDF:

  • Coversheet: A fillable form found on the Office of Academic Affairs website
  • Formal nomination letter that includes:
    • A short description of the nominee’s work and accomplishments (a link to the nominee’s professional website may be included as supporting evidence)
    • How the nominee and their work specifically address the overall purpose of the Chancellor’s Citation and one of the following award categories:
      • Award for Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction
      • Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Student Experience and University Initiatives
      • Award for Excellence in Student Research
      • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • A short curriculum vitae for faculty, a resume or biography for staff, or a resume for students
  • Supporting materials (maximum of 25 pages) that display or exemplify the nominee’s work, such as scholarly articles, creative work, awards, letters of endorsement, or a personal statement

It is preferred that an individual be nominated by one person or by multiple people signing one nomination letter. Nominators are encouraged to collaborate with colleagues on the submission.

Nominations are due Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. Please email the nomination as one PDF to Amanda Latreille at with the subject line: Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence nomination.

Selection process and recognition

The Chancellor’s Citation Review Committee, composed of Syracuse University faculty members, staff and students, is responsible for recommending candidates for the award. The committee reviews nominations and submits a recommendation report by the end of February. The Chancellor makes the final selection, and the award is presented at the One University Awards Ceremony in April.

Past Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence awardees


 Please contact Amanda Latreille at or 315-443-5413.