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Teaching Awards

2017 - 2018 Teaching Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 3, 2018
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.

2017-2018 Award Winners:

2018-2020 Presidential Teaching Fellow winner:

Christopher Butler, Political Science 

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.

2017-2018 Outstanding Teacher of the Year:

Finnie Coleman, English

Heather Canavan,  Chemical & Biological Engineering

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.

2017-2018 New Teachers of the Year:

Jason Moore, Honor's College

Jami Nunez, Political Science

Kate Cartwright, School of Public Administration

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.

2017-2018 Lecturer  of the Year:

Asal Naseri, Mechanical Engineering

Regina Puccetti, College of Fine Arts

Peter Lisignoli, Cinematic Arts

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.

2017-2018 Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistants:

Kelly Cardoso da Silva, Spanish and Portuguese

Sarah Worland, English

Mary Hershberger, Individual, Family & Community Education

Benjamin Burnett, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Kellin Rumsey, 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.