Awards and Titles Guidelines

Distinguished Professor Nominations

Initial College Deadline: November 22, 2022

The Associate Provost for Faculty Success 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 Statement by Nominator (signed); the candidate’s curriculum vitae and supplementary materials; copies of the department faculty recommendation forms; and the Chair's letter supporting the nomination, to include the faculty vote tally. Send this file to Karen Roberts by the College deadline above.

Once the nomination has been reviewed by the Dean, Chairs will receive approval to solicit a minimum of six letters from distinguished external reviewers to be included in the final file.

Secondary College Deadline: February 20, 2023

Forward all external letters to Karen Roberts by no later than Monday, February 20, 2023, for the Dean's review and recommendation. All materials (initial nomination file, external letters and Dean's letter) will be forwarded by the College to the Provost by the Provost's mid-March deadline.

Detailed information on the procedures and specific deadlines can be found in the current call for nominations from the Associate Provost for Facultly Success (dated 10.17.2022).


The Marshall Award For Course Development and Curriculum Enhancement

Deadline: February 1 (annually)

The UNM College of Arts and Sciences (the College) is pleased to announce the availability of the Marshall Award for Course Development and Curriculum Enhancement, which honors Diane L. Marshall’s career-long commitment to improving the classroom experience of UNM students.

Marshall Awards are available to full-time faculty members in the College who are developing a new Face-to-Face course for the College or improving the curriculum of an already existing Face-to-Face College course.

Up to three (3) Marshall Awards will be granted each year, with no more than one (1) annual award dedicated to a course in the Humanities, the Sciences, or the Social Sciences. Recipients of a Marshall Award will receive a summer stipend of up to $2,000 to support their proposed project.

Eligibility Requirements

  • All full-time faculty members with a primary appointment in the UNM College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply.
  • The home unit of the course that is to be developed or enhanced must be an academic unit in the UNM College of Arts and Sciences.
  • The teaching modality of the course that is to be developed or enhanced must be Face-to-Face.

To Apply

Email a completed Marshall Award Application Form to cascurriculum@unm.edu no later than 1 February. The completed form must include the signatures of the Applicant and the Chair or Director of the Applicant’s home unit.

Award Selection

Awardees will be selected by a committee of no more than four (4) members who will include the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Arts and Sciences and at least one (1) additional member of the A&S Curriculum Committee.

Committee evaluations will focus on the level of curricular and/or instructional need that a project addresses and on the effectiveness of the strategies that the Applicant will use to complete the project. The committee will give priority to Applicants who have not previously been granted a Marshall Award and to projects that promise an impact on the learning experience of a significant number of students.

Awardees will be announced no later than 15 March.

Read about Dr. Marshall here. Read Interim Dean Mafi's announcement of the award here.

A list of previous Marshall Award winners can be found here.


Arts & Sciences Teaching Award for Excellence (includes TAs)

Current Deadline: February 27, 2023

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 $1000 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.

(Previous winners are not excluded from additional nominations.)

Evaluation

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

Teaching 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.

Procedures for All Nominations

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 Roberts 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. (TAs should follow these guidelines but abbreviate as necessary.)
  • 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 Curriculum and Instruction.

For more information, please contact Karen Roberts at krgard11@unm.edu or 277-4363.

A list of previous A&S Teaching Excellence Award winners can be found here.

From AY 1998-1999 to AY 2006-2007, the College awarded the Gunter Starkey Teaching Award. A list of those award recipients can be found here.


Weber Award for Teaching Excellence in Science or Math

Current Deadline:  February 27, 2023 

The College of Arts and Sciences offers the William P. and Heather W. Weber Award for Teaching Excellence annually. This award honors Lecturers or Part-Time Instructors who exemplify excellence in teaching of any science or math discipline within the College at the undergraduate level. Funding is typically available for up to two instructors per year, and awards may be up to $2,000.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Weber Award, an individual must be a full-time lecturer or part-time instructor within an Arts & Sciences department or graduate-degree granting interdisciplinary program. Nominee must have sole responsibility for teaching one or more courses in any science or math discipline within that department or program.

Evaluation

Nominees 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 both inside and outside of the classroom by making significant contributions to undergraduate science or math instruction through:

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

The Dean of the College or his designee will form a committee to determine the recipients of the annual award. The committee will be chaired by the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Instruction and will seek significant input from senior undergraduate science/math majors.

Application Procedure

Each department or interdisciplinary program may submit up to two nomination applications to the College. Nominations may be originated by students within the unit, continuing faculty members, or the unit head. Continuing faculty and the Chair or DIrector should be involved in evaluating and selecting applications. All application materials, to be sent to Karen Roberts in the College office as PDF attachments, must include the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching Portfolio (which follows the College of Arts and Sciences guidelines)
  • Evidence of innovation in the pedagogy of teaching within the discipline and/or participation in the assessment of the instructional effectiveness methodologies.
  • Letter of support from the department Chair.
A list of previous Weber Award winners can be found here.

University Outstanding Teacher Awards

Visit the Center for Teaching & Learning's Teaching Awards page for current nomination deadlines and additional information about University-wide teaching awards.


Regents’ Professor Appointments

Next Nomination Deadline: Spring 2024

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 a letter from the candidate’s department chair indicating the candidate’s qualifications and the extent of departmental faculty support for the nomination; the candidate’s statement of teaching philosophy; the candidate’s statement describing their research and scholarship; and their curriculum vitae. (A complete Teaching Portfolio may be substituted for the teaching/research/scholarship statements.) 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. Please read the complete administrative details for the processing of this award.


Regents’ Lecturer Appointments

2022 Call for Regents' Lecturer Nominations

Next Nomination Deadline: April, 2025

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 a letter from the candidate’s department chair indicating the candidate’s qualifications and the extent of departmental faculty support for the nomination; the candidate’s statement of teaching philosophy; the candidate’s statement describing their research and scholarship; and their curriculum vitae. (A complete Teaching Portfolio may be substituted for the teaching/research/scholarship statements.) A selection advisory committee will be formed to review nominations and recommend appointees to the Dean. 

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. Please read the complete administrative details for the processing of this award.


Lecturer Travel Grant Awards

Still on Pause for AY 2022

Deadlines: Application materials must be received by April 15 to be considered for the upcoming Summer and Fall semester travel and by November 15 for travel planned during the following Spring semester.

Travel Grants of up to $2,000 are now available to Lecturers of any rank in the College of Arts & Sciences to help offset the expenses associated with travel to professional development events such as conferences, institutes, symposia, and workshops.

The specific amount this grant will depend on whether the awardee is completing domestic or international travel, and on the number of applications that are approved during each funding cycle. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received a CAS Lecturer Travel Grant during the previous four award cycles. Further details concerning criteria can be found here.

Download the Lecturer Travel Grant Application