Faculty Awards Key
The Course Guide lists a variety of awards, honors and professorships next to the names of the faculty who hold these honors. The Provosts' office will use an informal administrative procedure approved by the Committee on Educational Policy to determine which teaching award recipients will be denoted in the class schedules and course guides. Those who receive significant awards other than the Morse-Alumni and Graduate/Professional awards will be noted if the award meets the criteria established in the procedure. Some of the most prestigious and frequently listed awards are described below:
Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award - Each year, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) honors at least one tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has exemplified CLA's highest standards of teaching and scholarship.
The Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award recognizes outstanding Public Health faculty contributions in special areas such as skilled teaching of large classes, continuing education, interscholastic education, or learning technology.
College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award - Distinguished Teaching Awards were established in the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences to recognize those members of the faculty who have made significant contributions to teaching. The Distinguished Teaching Award symbolizes the College of Agriculture's commitment to excellence in teaching.
College of Continuing Education Distinguished Educator Award - The award was first given in 2008 and is given annually to recognize outstanding educational contributions to the College of Continuing Education (CCE) by an individual, other than regular CCE staff, who provides educational leadership or instruction in credit or noncredit programs, courses, or the development of courses offered or co-sponsored by CCE. Nominees will have worked with the College for a minimum of 3 years. Nominees must show evidence of: 1) excellence in educational leadership or teaching; 2) commitment to learner growth and development through CCE programs; 3) special dedication to the advancement of the mission of the College.
Distinguished McKnight Professorship Program - The program honors and rewards the University's highest achieving faculty who have recently attained full professor status, especially those whose careers have advanced at Minnesota, whose work and reputation are identified with Minnesota, who bring renown and prestige to the University, and who can be expected to make additional significant contributions to their discipline in the future.
Emma M. Birkmaier Professorship in Educational Leadership - This College of Education award supports the research, teaching, and service activities of faculty members whose scholarly endeavors have distinguished them among their peers as educational leaders.
George W. Taylor/I.T. Alumni Society Award - The George W. Taylor/I.T. Alumni Society Awards are endowed within the College of Science and Engineering in memory of George W. Taylor, a 1934 graduate of the Mechanical Engineering Department. Each year an award is given for excellence in each of the 3 categories of teaching, research, and service.
HHH Core Instructor of the Year Award- Awarded annually to the best instructor in a Humphrey core course for any of the degrees in the past year. Students nominate candidates and vote to select winners.
College of Science and Engineering Professorship - The College of Science and Engineering Professorships recognize distinguished faculty members within the College who are judged to be exceptional through: unusual efforts in, and contribution to, teaching; a reputation in scholarly research; and a genuine commitment to the College of Science and Engineering and its activities.
John Tate Award for Undergraduate Academic Advising - This award is named in honor of John Tate, Professor of Physics and first Dean of University College (1930 - 1941). Tate Awards serve to recognize and reward academic advising. They call attention to the contribution faculty and academic advisers make in helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals.
McFarland Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Human Ecology- This award recognizes faculty who have made contributions to teaching that are creative, innovative, and effective through undergraduate, graduate, or extension or continuing education programs.
Morse Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education - This award is given to faculty who show outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. Up to ten professors may win the award yearly. The Award is named after the former dean of General College, Hoarce T. Morse, and the Alumni Association, which helps fund the award.
Regents' Professor - This is the highest honor a faculty member can receive from the University. It is given for outstanding academic achievement, demonstrated scholarly and artistic excellence, as well as a strong commitment to quality teaching. Only 30 faculty hold the title of Regents' Professor at a given time, and once a faculty member receives the award they hold that title for life.
University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education - This honor is awarded annually to exceptional candidates recognized for excellence in instruction; involvement of students in research, scholarship, and professional development; development of postbaccalaureate, graduate, and/or professional instructional programs; and advising and mentoring of students. It is funded jointly by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Years 3 and 4 Distinguished Clinical and Resident Teaching Award - Recipients are third and fourth year clinical and resident teachers who are nominated by students and recognized and honored for displaying superior teaching skills.