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Nomination Information

The Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee and the Center for Teaching Excellence invite all UNM instructors, students, and staff to nominate outstanding educators for special award recognition.  Nominations for the awards listed below will be accepted until February 8, 2017

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PLEASE take special note that the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award nominations MUST be made by Department Chairs.  Please send the names of nominees to CTE (MSC05 3020 or cte@unm.edu) by February 8, 2017.

The nomination process for all awards requires only providing names of nominees.  Nominees will then be contacted to provide information required for the award committees to select recipients.


2017 – 2019 Presidential Teaching Fellow

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.

2016 - 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards

All tenured faculty, clinician educators, and professors of practice are eligible.  The Outstanding 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 Teacher of the Year Awards

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 Award

All lecturers, clinician educators, tenure-track and tenured faculty, and formally appointed adjunct faculty who have already completed three semesters of online teaching are eligible.  This award acknowledges and rewards teaching excellence and fosters a campus climate that supports teaching improvement and accomplishment in the arena of online and 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 Teacher of the Year Award

All faculty in non-tenure eligible positions (e.g., Lecturer, Instructor, Part-time temporary faculty, Visiting Professor, Adjunct 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, non-tenure-track faculty.  Multiple recipients may be selected for this monetary award.  Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni. Replaces the Adjunct Teacher or Lecturer of the Year Award.

2016 - 2017 Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

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.


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