The University of Connecticut recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements its faculty through numerous awards. For more information, please see below.
The Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Award
The Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor is the highest honor that the University bestows on faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service.
- Emmanouil N. Anagnostou – Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Michael P. Lynch – Philosophy and Humanities Institute
- Cathy Schlund-Vials – English and Asian/Asian American Studies
- Regina Barreca – English
- Miguel Gomes – Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
- Peter Luh – Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Sandra Chafouleas - Educational Psychology
- Patrick Hogan - English
- Sanguthevar Rajasekaran - Computer Science & Engineering
- Frank Costigliola – History
- John Mathieu – Management
- Krishna Pattipati – Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Michael Willig – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Jc Beall – Philosophy
- Blair T. Johnson – Psychology
- Scott Brown – Educational Psychology
- Nancy Naples – Sociology
- Kathleen Segerson – Economics
- Mark Boyer – Political Science
- Linda Pescatello – Kinesiology
- Lynne Healy – Social Work
- Kent Holsinger – Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
- Carl Maresh – Kinesiology
- John B. Morris – Pharmacology and Toxicology
- Jeffrey D. Fisher – Psychology
- Harry A. Frank – Chemistry
- J. Peter Gogarten – Molecular & Cell Biology
- Gregory J. Anderson – Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
- Diane Jane Burgess – Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Diane C. Lillo-Martin – Linguistics
- Richard F. Bass – Mathematics
- Cheryl Tatano Beck – Nursing
- Dipak K. Dey – Statistics
- Michael Neumann – Mathematics
- John Salamone – Psychology
- Sandra Weller – Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology, UConn Health
- Janine Caira – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Joel Kupperman – Philosophy
- Sally Reis – Educational Psychology
- Brenda Murphy – English
- Peter Setlow – Molecular Microbial & Structural Biology, UConn Health
- C. F. Sirmans – Finance
- Bette Talvacchia – Art & Art History
- William Fitzgerald – Marine Sciences
- Bahram Javidi – Electrical & Computer Engineering
- James Marsden – Operations & Information Mangement
- Lawrence Raisz – Center for Osteoporosis, UCHC
- Howard Tennen – Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatric Institute, UConn Health
- Deborah Fein – Psychology
- Debra Kendall – Molecular & Cell Biology
- Gary English – Drama
- Philip Marcus – Molecular & Cell Biology
- Robert Weiss – Chemical Engineering, IMS
- Yaakov Bar-Shalom – Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Richard D. Brown – History
- David Kenny – Psychology
- Alexandros Makriyannis – Pharmacy
- William Stwalley – Physics
- David Benson – English
- Robert Colwell – Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
- Ruth Millikan – Philosophy
- Steven Suib – Chemistry
- John (Jack) Veiga – Management
- Bruce Stave – History
- Howard Lasnik – Linguistics
- Joseph Renzulli – Educational Psychology
- Lynn Bloom – English
- Michael Turvey – Psychology
- Stanley Biggs – Accounting
Annually, the University recognizes outstanding faculty as Board of Trustees Distinguished Professors. This is a call for nominations for professors who qualify for this stellar distinction. Please note that the candidates must excel in all three areas of research, teaching and public engagement. This award includes a $2500 one-year stipend to be used by the recipient to further his/her professional activities.
The due date for nominations for 2019-2020 is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019.
All individuals for this distinction must be nominated by one (or more) faculty or administrator via a single nomination letter. The Selection Committee requests that previous nominations be updated each year, ensuring documentation and materials are current and accurate. Self-nominations are not accepted.
Each nomination must include:
- A cover letter with a brief overview of the candidate’s qualifications for the award.
- A three page Summary of Qualifications. This summary must dedicate one page to discussion of the nominee’s research/creative endeavors, one page to teaching and one page to public engagement and service activities. Any nominations not in compliance with this format will be returned to the nominator(s) for revision.
- An updated CV that includes all publications and creative endeavors. Citations for journal articles, books, and other publications should include all authors, full titles, and applicable page numbers. For creative works such as exhibitions, curated exhibitions, performances, and musical compositions, date and venue should be included.
- Letters of reference from up to six referees. Normally, no more than two referees should be from close colleagues, collaborators or former students. At least one of the individuals should be qualified to focus on formal teaching and may be an internal UConn reference. The remaining referees should be individuals external to the University, who have a national/international reputation and are familiar with the nominee’s work. No more than six letters will be incorporated into the review file. Please note that the Committee reserves the right to request additional letters from UConn faculty, department heads, or deans to assist with their deliberations.
To assist in preparing your nomination, the selection committee’s criteria are described in the Selection Criteria document. In the past, the Committee has found that there is often insufficient information, particularly regarding teaching and public engagement and service, so please follow the criteria specified. This will assist the Committee in their review of the nominations.
The due date for nominations is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Vice Provost John Volin, Advisor to the Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Selection Committee.
Please send your complete set of nomination materials, as one complete PDF file, to Amanda Pitts (email@example.com) who will provide support to the Committee. The nomination packet should be single spaced, formatted for standard (8.5” x 11”) paper with one inch margins on all sides, and Times New Roman 12 font. Reference letters solicited by the nominator(s) should be included in the PDF file as well. The Office of the Provost will acquire Student Evaluations of Teaching data from the past seven years for all applicants.
Dossiers sent with multiple files will be returned for resubmission in the correct format as a PDF.
The Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor is the highest honor that the University bestows on faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service, outreach, and public engagement. To be eligible, candidates must have attained the rank of Professor.
This award is for faculty who have spent at least 10 years of their career at UConn. Nominees should be actively engaged scholars, who excel in all three areas of teaching, research, and service, outreach, and public engagement. Evidence for these should include the following:
- Undergraduate and graduate courses taught during the past seven years (including course title and credit hours for each). The Office of the Provost will acquire Student Evaluations of Teaching data from the past seven years for all applicants.
- Other evaluations or evidence of excellence in teaching with supporting documentation.
- Data on positions and activities of former graduate students.
- Evidence of national and international presentations.
- Collaborative publications with students or evidence of mentoring.
- Teaching innovations, awards, and special recognitions.
Research and Creative Works:
- Outstanding scholarly productivity and creative works demonstrated by an international or national reputation in his/her field.
- Evidence of engagement in scholarship (e.g., ongoing research, conference presentations, seminars, lectures, scholarly publications).
Service, Outreach, and Public Engagement:
- Service to the University and outreach to the community, the state, and at the national and international level, including service to the candidate’s academic profession, professional service and outreach to the community and to governmental entities.
- Contributions of public engagement (e.g., programs and partnerships, all with mutually beneficial community planning and participation).
For additional information, see the selection committee criteria highlighting the categories included in the review.
Updated: March 12, 2014
Provost’s Outstanding Service Award
The Provost’s Outstanding Service Award is designed to honor and recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in service to the University of Connecticut that far exceeds reasonable expectations of their positions. The award will honor faculty whose volunteer service (i.e., not that assigned as part of one’s job description or expectations in teaching, research or assigned service) is exemplary in enhancing the University’s mission in teaching, research, service, or engagement.
By honoring such individuals, the University demonstrates its commitment to service as an activity essential to its mission and to its governance, provides incentive for faculty to pursue activities that enhance the quality of their service, and emphasizes the importance of outstanding service.
Nominations are due to Amanda Pitts (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, March 13, 2020.
- One Letter of Nomination that details in what ways the faculty member has made long term (the Nominee must have been employed at the University of Connecticut for at least five years), and extraordinary service contributions to the University. Self nominations will normally not be accepted.
- List of the Service Contributions the nominee has made to the University, with various kinds of service distributed among categories.
- A minimum of two additional Letters of Support (in addition to the Letter of Nomination) from persons who have the ability to judge the significance of the nominee’s service contributions. Of course, letters from outside the nominee’s department or college/school could provide more evidence of notable service.
- An individual may receive this award once.
Strong contributors to University Service, including one person who has been a past Service Award recipient.
Hedley Freake, Nutritional Sciences
Ernesto (“Ernie”) Zirakzadeh, Political Science
José Manautou, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pamela Bedore, English
Michael Darre, Animal Science
Carol Polifroni, Nursing
Normally, there will be up to two awards each year. Recipients of the Provost’s Outstanding Service Award will be current UConn faculty who have extraordinary records of service in committees and/or university volunteer activities.
Provost’s Award for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship
Community Engaged Scholarship is integral to the academic endeavor and to the institution-wide mission of a land-grant university. Such scholarship arises from the involvement of members of the university community in the academically relevant work of discovery, creativity, integration, teaching, application, and engagement in a context of collaboration and reciprocity with the community (local, regional/state, national, or global) to create conditions for the public good, culminating in sustainable change and dissemination of these activities.
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Kevin Thompson Ph.D.
Non Tenure Track Faculty
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
Career Recognition for Team
Shareen Hertel, Ph.D.
Tenure Track Faculty
These awards (and the event at which they are presented) are a celebration and recognition of our faculty, staff, and student work to integrate community engaged scholarship successfully into their academic, research, and service programs, thereby maximizing the University’s impact on the communities with whom it engages.
There will be six categories for the awards, including: Tenure-track faculty members, Non-Tenure track faculty members, undergraduate students, advanced degree students, and staff. In addition there will be an award dedicated to a person or team who has demonstrated throughout their career the importance and value of Community Engaged Scholarship to their professional development as well that of their students and partners.
- October 25 — Nominations are due electronically to the Office of the Provost
- November 9 — Award recipients (as well as their nominator and Department Head, Dean, and/or Director) will be notified. Award recipients, upon notification, will be requested to create an electronic version of a poster, which the Office will then produce (i.e., print). Invitations for the Award Ceremony will be sent out to the University community, with RSVPs requested.
- November 21 — Posters (e-versions) from award recipients are due to the Office of the Provost.
- Last week of November — Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship Reception and Awards Ceremony, Details TBD, Posters will be on display throughout the event.
Any employee or unit of the University of Connecticut, including regional campuses, or members of the public working with the nominee, can make nominations. Nominations should be submitted electronically to the Office of the Provost
Nomination packets (electronic: PDF, WORD) should include the following:
- The Nomination Cover Sheet
- A narrative (no more than 1000 words) describing how the nominee fulfills the stated criteria. The narrative should include: descriptions of specific activities or programs in which the candidate has excelled, comments on the importance of the individual’s work to the university, and indicators of the impact of the activities on the external constituent(s) as well as on the University.
- The nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume.
- A letter of support from the nominee’s Department Head or Director or Supervisor, whichever is most appropriate.
Upon being selected and notified as an award recipient, each person or program will be asked to create a poster for presentation at the Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship Awards Reception.
DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION COVER SHEET
The nomination cover sheet is available in PDF Send nomination coversheet, with nomination narrative, the nominee’s CV or resume, and letter of support, electronically to: email@example.com
- Faculty, Staff and students who have demonstrated community engaged scholarship: collaborative and mutually beneficial creative exchange of knowledge and resources between the University and the community to create conditions for the public good culminating in sustainable change and dissemination of the activities.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF FACULTY, STAFF AND PROGRAMS
The selection committee will evaluate the nominations on the degree to which the nominees meet some or all of the following criteria in performing public engagement activities:
- Disseminated evidence of scholarship/research.
- Sustained leadership in working with the public and/or with external organizations.
- Innovative ways of working for the well-being of citizens and communities.
- Documented excellence in extending University or community knowledge.
- Evidence of the impact on a target audience.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF STUDENTS
The selection committee will evaluate the nominations on the degree to which the nominees meet the following criteria in performing public engagement activities:
- Disseminated evidence of scholarship/research.
- Sustained leadership responsibilities that have progressively increased over time.
- Innovative ways of working for the well-being of citizens and communities.
- Demonstrated academic, intellectual, or professional development as a result of the experience.
- Currently enrolled in the year for which they are nominated.