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ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY

Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Education

Responsible University Officer(s):

  • Executive Vice President and Provost

Policy Owner(s):

  • Executive Vice President and Provost

Policy contact(s):

Date Revised:

Jan 31, 2013

Effective Date:

Dec 12, 2012

POLICY STATEMENT

The University recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching and learning by faculty and academic professional and administrative (P&A) instructional staff at the University of Minnesota available through the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Undergraduate Education Award and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Post-Baccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education.

These programs are funded by central administration and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. They reflect our strong and enduring commitment to quality undergraduate and graduate and professional education at the University of Minnesota.

Undergraduate Education: Horace T. Morse- University of Minnesota Alumni Association Awards

Colleges may nominate faculty members and P&A instructional staff for the Horace T. Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. This honor is awarded annually to exceptional candidates and reflects the University's emphasis on the importance of high quality undergraduate education. Individuals winning the award will serve as a resource for teachers at the University and contribute to the improvement of undergraduate education.

Graduate and Professional Education Awards

Colleges may nominate faculty members and P&A instructional staff for the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Post-Baccalaureate Graduate and Professional Education. This award recognizes faculty who engage post-baccalaureate, graduate, and professional students in a community of intellectual inquiry, who are significant mentors and role models for graduate and professional students, and who develop and promote activities which help students understand the larger context of their intended professions. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates in recognition of outstanding performance in post-baccalaureate, graduate, and professional education in the following areas:

  • excellence in instruction;
  • involvement of students in research, scholarship and professional development;
  • development of graduate or professional instructional programs; and
  • advising and mentoring.

Recognition

Faculty and P&A instructional staff who receive the Morse-Alumni Award or the Graduate-Professional Award become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. The title "Distinguished University Teaching Professor" is conferred upon all faculty and the title "Distinguished University Teacher" is conferred upon instructional P&A staff. The title may be used in correspondence, on business cards, and where ever else appropriate. The recipients will be recognized by specific notations in appropriate college catalogues and in the University teaching schedule for the duration of the recipient's academic career at the University of Minnesota.

Each winner will also receive a one-time award stipend.

Eligibility

Tenured and tenure-track (regular) faculty, term (non-regular) faculty, and P&A instructional staff salaried through the University may be nominated for the teaching awards. Nominees must have held a 66 2/3% time or greater appointment at the University of Minnesota for at least five years, including the current year to be eligible for the awards.

Previous nominees who did not receive the award may be re-nominated. Individuals may not nominate themselves. No individual may receive the Graduate/Professional award and the Horace T. Morse-Alumni Association award in the same year and recipients may only receive one of each of these awards in their University career.

The number of recipients will depend on the funding available.

REASON FOR POLICY

To implement Board of Regents Policy: Awards, Honors, and Recognition. The award programs reflect the University’s strong and enduring commitment to undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and professional student education. The recipients of the awards promote a community of intellectual inquiry, serve as significant mentors and role models for students, and develop and promote activities which help students understand the larger context of their intended professions. This policy emphasizes the importance of high quality education.

PROCEDURES

FORMS/INSTRUCTIONS

APPENDICES

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CONTACTS

SubjectContactPhoneEmail
Primary Contact(s) Ole Gram 612-624-5082 gram@umn.edu

DEFINITIONS

Graduate-Professional Award
An honor awarded to faculty and P&A instructional staff in recognition of outstanding performance in post-baccalaureate, graduate, and professional education.
Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award
An honor awarded to faculty and P&A instructional staff in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Candidates for the Teaching Awards
Complete the nomination release form and route as specified.
Colleges
Identify individuals who qualify for the awards and submit the appropriate forms.
Senate Committee on Educational Policy (SCEP)
Establish operational guidelines associated with the granting of the awards in consultation with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and report annually on those details to the Senate for information. Receive nominations and select candidates for awards. Select candidates for awards.
Executive Vice President and Provost
Publicize and determine the number of awards that will be given each year, based on available funding.

RELATED INFORMATION

HISTORY

Effective:
January 2013 - New Policy, Comprehensive Review.
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