Faculty and Academic Affairs manages two sets of major University awards: the Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Education, and the McKnight Professorships.
Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Education
Two University-wide annual award programs recognize teachers' commitment to quality education. Recipients of the Morse-Alumni awards and the Graduate and Professional Teaching awards are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and carry the designation of Distinguished University Teaching Professor (faculty) or Distinguished University Teacher (P&A) throughout their careers at the University of Minnesota.
Candidates for the awards are nominated by their colleges. These awards are made possible through the generous support of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
The Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education
Each year since 1965, the Horace T. Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education has been given to a select group of teachers who reflect the University's emphasis on the importance of high quality undergraduate education.
The Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education
The Graduate and Professional award was established in 1999 to recognize contributions to graduate and professional education. Recipients are chosen for excellence in instruction; involvement of students in research, scholarship, and professional development; development of instructional programs; and advising and mentoring of students.
The McKnight Land-Grant Professorship program and the Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognize professors at different career stages.
McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
The goal of the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship program is to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives.
Distinguished McKnight University Professorship
The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status.
Our office also encourages and supports nomination of faculty for external awards available from private, national, and international organizations. These include prestigious national academies, foundation-funded awards, and other major awards.
Information about these and other important faculty awards is available on the Scholars Walk web page. The names of numerous award recipients are displayed along the Scholars Walk, centrally located on the Minneapolis campus.