The Faculty Award was established as part of the Apple Day celebration in the early 1980s and has been through several name changes. In the early 1980's, the Academic Affairs officer of the Student Government Association (SGA) coordinated the nominations and selection.
In March 1986, it was renamed to the Outstanding Faculty Award. Nominations were received from deans, chairmen, and presidents of student organizations. A questionnaire was then sent to chairmen and deans of each nominee asking them to name five significant contributions the nominee made in the areas of instruction, scholarship, service and participation in community and student organizations. The award committee which had instituted and organized the process then evaluated the nominees, selecting three faculty for the award.
During the 2006 Apple Day convocation, Dr. Robert K. Ratzlaff, Vice President for Academic Affairs, was honored for his service to PSU and it was announcement that the award was being named for Dr. Ratzlaff. The Award was first listed as the Robert K. Ratzlaff Outstanding Faculty Award in the 2007 program.
SGA continues to recognize three faculty members, selected from student and student organization nominees, during Apple Day Convocation for their excellence in instruction and service to students on campus with the Robert K. Ratzlaff Outstanding Faculty Award medallion.
2002 - Julie Allison, Kurt Reding, Daniel Zurek
2001 - Nancy Durbin, Craig Fuchs, Gary Wilson
2000 - Rebecca Groves Brannock, Christine Fogliasso, Tysha Potter VanBecelaere
1999 - John Daley, Susan Marchant, Mark Peterson
1998 - Christine Fogliasso, David P. Hurford, Alice Sagehorn
1997 - Ellen Carson, Mark Peterson, Marjorie Schick
1996 - E. Sutton Flynt, Janice L. Jewett, Alice Sagehorn
1995 - Mark Johnson, Susan Marchant, David O'Bryan
1994 - Christine Fogliasso, David P. Hurford, Russell Rosmait
1993 - Stephen Hoyer, Linda Jones McCoy, David W. O'Bryan
1992 - Christine Fog, Bert Patrick, C. David Rowlette
1991 - James AuBuchon, Charles Fischer, Mary Kay Wachter
1990 - Christine Fogliasso, Stephen Hoyer, Joseph Arruda
1989 - Glen Mclarer, Paul Santulli, Donald Viney
1988 - Ralph Kelting, Wilmer Huffman, Rathindra Bose
1987 - Jerry Stockard, Nick Henry, Leland Keller
1986 - Christine Fogliasso, Ronald Wood, Richard Weathers