The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes a faculty member for demonstrated support of college unions and campus community building.

2021 Recipient
Dr. Marquita Gammage, California State University–Northridge, is an associate professor and advisor in the Department of Africana Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Gammage is a passionate educator who understands that advancing campus community means development inside and outside the classroom. In addition to teaching, Gammage was the faculty representative to the University Student Union Board of Directors for five years and serves on the Renovation & Expansion Work Team, providing valuable opinions and expertise as a faculty member. Seen as a mentor in both formal and informal settings, Gammage is a community builder who will continue to devote time and effort to engage students in profound ways.
Dr. Marquita Gammage
Past Recipients
  • 2020: Lawrence Baden, Webster University
  • 2019: Danielle DeSawal – Indiana University–Bloomington
  • 2018: Chris Laws – University of Washington


The review process includes, but is not limited to, an assessment of the criteria listed below. The nominee must:

  • Demonstrate evidence of including the college union idea in coursework.
  • Conduct or support research relevant to advancing campus community.
  • Foster relationships that promote the college union and demonstrate participation outside of their position as a faculty member.


Individuals with ACUI membership and whose full-time role is as a faculty member are eligible for this award. Nominations will be considered for five years, provided the nominee still holds a full-time faculty role. Nominees do not need to be tenured or tenure-track.


Submission materials must include the following:

  1. Name, institution, and contact information of the nominee.
  2. Name, institution, and contact information of the nominator.
  3. Two to three letters in support of the applicant to receive the award written by individuals such as direct supervisors/advisors, peers/colleagues, students, faculty members, etc., addressing:
  • The achievements of the nominee in the profession.
  • The demonstrated commitment of the nominee to the criteria identified for this specific award.
  • A summary of the nominee’s background to provide evidence that they meet the criteria identified for this specific award, including information related to professional experience and volunteer service—providing a current resume or curriculum vitae for the nominee is optional.

The nomination period for this award will open in October 2021.


Electronic notification will be sent to confirm award submissions have been received. A confidential Individuals Awards and Scholarships Committee, appointed annually by the ACUI president, will review materials to make the selection. One recipient will be chosen, unless otherwise noted for the specific award. One physical award will be given to the recipient, who will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual conference and in subsequent publications.