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Awards Information and Guidelines

Arts & Sciences Teaching Award for Excellence

Current Deadline: February 20, 2017

The Arts & Sciences Teaching Award for Excellence honors A&S faculty and graduate teaching assistants who have made outstanding contributions to the College’s instructional mission. Typically, one tenured/tenure track faculty member is awarded a $1,000 increase to their base salary, one lecturer is awarded a $500 increase to their base salary, and one teaching assistant is awarded a stipend of $1,000.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this award, an individual must be:

  • A full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty member within an Arts & Sciences department, or
  • A full-time lecturer within an Arts & Sciences department or interdisciplinary program, or
  • A graduate teaching assistant in an Arts & Sciences department or graduate-degree granting interdisciplinary program with sole responsibility for teaching one or more courses within that department or program.

Evaluation

The evaluation criteria for faculty and graduate assistants will differ according to their different instructional responsibilities.

Faculty will be evaluated on the basis of the breadth, as well as the quality, of their instructional contributions.  Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated instructional excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through both classroom instruction and supervision of student research, and who have integrated their research and scholarship into their teaching.
 
Faculty may have made their contributions through:

  • Undergraduate and graduate teaching
  • Undergraduate and graduate student mentorship and training
  • Departmental or interdisciplinary curricular developments
  • Other avenues

Graduate assistants will be evaluated primarily on:

  • The quality of their undergraduate teaching
  • The strength of their contributions to their department’s instructional mission

A college-level evaluation committee will select no more than one award recipient in each category.

Nomination Procedures

Each department may nominate one tenured/tenure track faculty, one lecturer, and one graduate student for this award. Faculty members, as well as the Chair or Director, should be involved in evaluating and selecting applications to be forwarded. Nominations should be submitted to Karen Gardner in the College office, and include the following materials as PDF attachments:

  • A curriculum vitae (in College format preferred)
  • A teaching portfolio prepared according to the Teaching Portfolio Guidelines.
  • Letters of support from students of faculty nominees, or for teaching assistant nominees, letters of support from people who have evaluated their teaching.
  • A letter of support from the Department Chair or Program Director.

Nomination Deadlines

Nominations are typically due early in the spring semester of each year. Department Chairs and Program Directors will be notified of specific nomination deadlines by the Associate Dean for Instruction and Curriculum.
 
For more information, please contact Karen Gardner at krgard11@unm.edu or 277-4363.

University Outstanding Teacher Awards

The University also offers a series of teaching awards. Visit the Center for Teaching & Learning's Teaching Awards page for current nomination deadlines and additional information.

Regents’ Professor Appointments

Next Nomination Deadline: Spring 2018

Regents’ Professor is a special title bestowed on selected senior faculty members who, in the judgment of the Dean and on the advice of a faculty selection committee, merit recognition of their accomplishments as teachers, scholars and leaders both in University affairs and in their national/international professional communities. These appointments will be made to full professors for terms of three years. In addition to the title "Regents’ Professor" the appointment also carries a stipend.

The Associate Dean for Faculty will send a call for nominations, with details and deadlines, to all Department Chairs every three years. 

A complete nomination consists of the candidate's curriculum vitae, a statement describing their research and scholarship, a teaching portfolio, and a letter of nomination from the candidate's home department chair. The Chair's letter should outline the candidate's qualifications in all areas (teaching, research/scholarship and leadership) and the extent of faculty support within the department. A selection advisory committee will be formed to review nominations and recommend appointees to the Dean.

Once bestowed, the title "Regents’ Professor" may be retained during the balance of an appointee’s affiliation with the University of New Mexico. The awardee, together with his/her department administrator, must complete and submit a Regents' Professorship Awardee Form to the College within 30 days of the award announcement.

Regents’ Lecturer Appointments

Next Nomination Deadline: April, 2019

Regents’ Lecturer is a special title bestowed on selected tenured junior faculty members who, in the judgment of the Dean and on the advice of a faculty selection committee, merit recognition of their accomplishments as teachers, scholars and leaders both in university affairs and in their national/international professional communities. These appointments will be made to associate professors for terms of three years. In addition to the title "Regents’ Lecturer" the appointment also carries a stipend.

The Associate Dean for Faculty will send a call for nominations, with details and deadlines, to all Department Chairs every three years.

A complete nomination consists of the candidate's curriculum vitae, a statement describing their research and scholarship, a teaching portfolio, and a letter of nomination from the candidate's home department chair. The Chair's letter should outline the candidate's qualifications in all areas (teaching, research/scholarship and leadership) and the extent of faculty support within the department. A selection advisory committee will be formed to review nominations and recommend appointees to the Dean.

Once bestowed, the title "Regents’ Lecturer" may be retained during the balance of an appointee’s affiliation with the University of New Mexico. The awardee, together with his/her department administrator, must complete and submit a Regents' Lectureship Awardee Form to the College within 30 days of the award announcement.

Distinguished Professor Nominations

Initial Deadline: November 7, 2016

Final Deadline: Mid-March, 2017

The Associate Provost for Faculty Development solicits nominations for the rank of Distinguished Professor each October. The call for nominations, with the final deadline for submission of completed files, will be communicated each year to all main campus faculty by the Office of the Provost.

The Faculty Handbook, Section B, 2.2.5, defines Distinguished Professors as “individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and are nationally and internationally renowned as scholars". This is the highest faculty title the University bestows and is used only for a few of its most prominent faculty members.

The initial nomination file will consist of a detailed nomination form, the candidate’s curriculum vitae, and the Chair's letter of nomination which will include a faculty vote tally. Send this nomination file to Karen Gardner at krgard11@unm.edu by the initial deadline posted above. Once the Dean's letter of endorsement has been written, the file will be sent to the Provost's Office.

Upon notification from the Office of Academic Affairs, Chairs will solicit a minimum of eight letters from distinguished external reviewers to be included in the final file, which should then be sent to Jennifer Love, jenlov22@unm.edu, in the Office of the Provost by the final deadline.

Detailed information on the procedures and specific deadlines can be found in the current call for nominations

All Student Enquiries should be directed to asadvise@unm.edu or (505) 277-4621