Recognition for Excellence

The dedication and efforts of the geography faculty and staff to advance the department's teaching, research, and professional service missions are frequently recognized by Kansas State University, other U.S. and international universities, professional organizations, and national agencies.

Chronology of Major Faculty Awards and Honors

2014Kevin BlakeNamed to Board of Directors, Chapman Center for Rural Studies, Kansas State University
 Shawn HutchinsonRegional Councilor, Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division, Association of American Geographers (2014-2017)
2013Lisa M.B. HarringtonJohn Fraser Hart Award for Research Excellence by the Rural Geography Specialty Group (RGSG) of the Association of American Geographers
 Shawn HutchinsonChair, Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division, Association of American Geographers (2013-2014)
 Richard A. MarstonMeredith F. Burill Award, Association of American Geographers
 Richard A. MarstonPresident, University Distinguished Professors, Kansas State University, 2013-2014
2012Kevin BlakeCharles G. Pfeiffer Award (inaugural recipient), Zane Grey's West Society
 Richard A. MarstonHonors Committee, Association of American Geographers
 John A. Harrington, Jr.Project Manager, Kansas National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Program
 John A. Harrington, Jr.National Councillor, Association of American Geographers.
 Kendra McLauchlanAd Astra Kansas Initiative Top 150 Researchers in Kansas
2011Richard A. MarstonJefferson Science Fellow, U.S. National Academies and U.S. Department of State (2011-12)
 Chuck MartinWilliam L. Stamey Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University
2010Kendra McLauchlanNational Science Foundation CAREER Award
2009Richard A. MarstonElected to the Council of the American Geographical Society
 Chuck MartinPresidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, Kansas State University
2007Kevin Blake"Zane Grey and Images of the American West" named one of the 76 most significant articles published in the Geographical Review during 1916-2006.
 Richard A. MarstonDistinguished Career Award, Mountain Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
 Richard A. MarstonGeosciences Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University
2006Karen J. De BresE. Walter Morrison Award, Kansas State University Foundation
 John Harrington, Jr.Recipient, Making a Difference Award, Women in Engineering and Science Program (WESP), Kansas State University
 Richard A. MarstonUniversity Distinguished Professor, Kansas State University
 M. Duane NellisExecutive Committee, National Association of State Universities and Lang Grant Universities (NASULGC) Council on Academic Affairs
 M. Duane NellisFellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
 Jeffrey S. SmithFellowship, Mexico-North Research Network
2005Kevin S. BlakeBig 12 Faculty Fellowship, Kansas State University - University of Colorado
 Kevin S. BlakeJohn Topham and Susan Redd Butler Faculty Fellowship, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University
 Shawn HutchinsonTeam Member, ESRI Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award
 Richard A. MarstonFellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
 Richard A. MarstonElected President, Association of American Geographers
 M. Duane NellisFellow, The Explorers Club
2004Kevin S. BlakePhi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Elected as Faculty Member)
 Kevin S. BlakeElected Regional Councillor to the Association of American Geographers from the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division
 Jeffrey S. SmithPresidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Kansas State University
 Richard A. MarstonElected Vice-President, Association of American Geographers
2003Kevin S. BlakePresidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Kansas State University
 Kevin S. BlakeOutstanding Research Award, Mountain Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
 Kevin S. BlakeOutstanding Faculty Member, Kansas State University Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils
 John Harrington, Jr.Chair, Great Plains Rocky Mountain Division of the AAG (2002-2003)
 Lisa M.B. HarringtonNational Research Council, Committee on Endangered Species in the Platte River Basin
 Shawn HutchinsonNew Faculty Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University
 Richard A. MarstonRonald F. Abler Distinguished Service Honors, Association of American Geographers
2002Kevin S. BlakeProfessor of the Year, Kansas State University Housing and Dining Service
 John Harrington, Jr.Chair, Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division, Association of American Geographers (2002-2003)
 John Harrington, Jr.Elected to the AAG Nomination Committee
 Kevin S. BlakeWilliam L. Stamey Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University