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Teaching Awards

2016 - 2017 Teaching Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
SUB Ballroom C  
2:00-4:00pm


Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).  Teaching Awards Recognize UNM’s Outstanding Educators

Each year the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee selects recipients for a variety of campus-wide teaching awards. The awards and eligibility descriptions are provided below. Awardees are selected following a nomination and dossier-review process.

2016-2017 Award Winners:

2017-2019 Presidential Teaching Fellow winner:

Lloyd L. Lee, Native American Studies

All tenured faculty are eligible. The Presidential Teaching Fellowship promotes excellence in teaching by establishing a core group of faculty who are given the highest recognition for their effective teaching. Additionally, Fellows carry a special responsibility for ensuring teaching excellence by sharing their expertise with the University Community. One Fellow is selected each year and serves an active term of two years, during which time they may receive special award compensation. Fellows retain their title while employed at UNM and receive a permanent increase to base salary. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni. Click here for additional information about the UNM Presidential Teaching Fellows.

2016-2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year:

Amy L. Brandzel, American Studies

Kathryn McKnight, Spanish & Portuguese

All tenured faculty, clinician educators, and professors of practice are eligible. The Teacher of the Year Award recognizes and rewards teaching excellence and fosters a campus climate that supports teaching improvement and accomplishment. Multiple recipients may be selected for this monetary award. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni.

2016-2017 New Teachers of the Year:

Bernadine Hernández, English

Emma Gale Trentman, Foreign Languages & Literatures

All pre-tenure, tenure-track Assistant Professors are eligible. The New Teacher of the Year Award recognizes the accomplished educators who are recent additions to the UNM faculty prior to the achievement of tenure. Multiple recipients may be selected for this monetary award. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni.

2016-2017 Online Teacher of the Year:

Kelly Van Andel, Religious Studies

All lecturers, clinician educators, tenure-track and tenured faculty, and formally appointed adjunct faculty who have already completed at least one fully online course of teaching are eligible. This award acknowledges excellence in the challenging teaching and learning arena of online distance education. One recipient may be selected for this monetary award. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni.

2016-2017 Lecturer or Affiliated Teachers of the Year:

Laura L. Burton, Communication & Journalism

Allen E. Butt, Psychology

Mel Strong, Earth & Planetary Science

All non-tenure track faculty who have taught at least four sections per year (including summer sessions) during a minimum of three consecutive years at UNM are eligible for this award. This award recognizes the contributions to UNM’s teaching mission by consistently employed, nontenure-track faculty. Multiple recipients may be selected for this monetary award. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni.

2016-2017 Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistants:

Malik Barrett, Math & Statistics

Rachel F. Gift, English

Ana June, English

Monica Mancillas, Spanish & Portuguese

Andrew S. Taylor, Math & Statistics

All current teaching assistants are eligible. This award recognizes and rewards teaching achievements of graduate students. Multiple recipients may be selected for this monetary award. Nominations are to be made by department chairs on the basis of one nomination for every ten departmental teaching assistants. Please suggest names of deserving teaching assistants to their department chairperson.

Click here for a list of all previous recipients.

For any questions regarding these awards, please call 277-2229 or email cte@unm.edu.