Missouri State University is seeking nominations for the university’s annual honorary doctorate.
In 2002, the Board of Governors approved a policy authorizing the granting of an honorary doctorate degree recognizing the extraordinary achievements of distinguished citizens. Any member of the MSU community, including alumni, may nominate candidates for the degree. The nomination deadline is Oct. 13.
Qualities of a nominee
Potential nominees should have strong ties to this community, state or region. However, individuals with nationwide and worldwide recognition will not be excluded. Preference is given to distinguished candidates who have not been widely recognized and honored.
The honoree must be living at the time of selection and will receive the honor at the spring commencement. Nomination material must clearly document contributions outside of the nominee’s job expectations.
Missouri State staff, faculty, administration and members of the Board of Governors, as well as elected officials currently in office, are not eligible. Financial considerations will not be part of the selection process.
Types of honorary doctorates
- Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D), given to persons who have distinguished themselves in the humanities.
- Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.), given to scholars in particular disciplines.
- Doctor of Public Affairs (A.P.D.), given to persons distinguished in general service to the public, to learning and to humankind.
- Doctor of Science (Sc.D.), given to persons who have made distinguished contributions to sciences.]
How to submit a nomination
All nominations are kept confidential and should include a formal letter of nomination. It must provide a detailed rationale about the nominee’s qualifications, including education, publications and community service as appropriate.
Supporting documents that show merit, such as letters of support, awards, newspaper or online articles, etc., are also required. Submissions without these documents will not be reviewed.
Send the letter and supporting documentation to Dr. Margaret Weaver, honorary doctorate committee chair, Missouri State University, Department of English, 901 S. National, Springfield, MO 65897 or via email at MargaretWeaver@MissouriState.edu.
For information, contact Weaver at 417-836-5360.