This Award recognizes a full time faculty member who has been employed at DSU for three years or less, but who has had a tremendous impact on our campus and the academic excellence at Dixie State in a very short amount of time. This individual has demonstrated knowledge in his/her content area, has exceptional teaching ability, is dedicated to the educational pursuits of students, and also provides service and inspiration outside of the classroom. The Rising Star is nominated by the campus community at large, then all nominees are contacted and asked to answer questions specific to this category. These materials are reviewed and narrowed to a field of ten finalists by a preliminary screening committee. The ten finalists are then given to the Vice President of Academics who narrows the finalists to five, assembles a committee to review all submitted materials of the five finalists, and then the committee selects the winner.