Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Established in 1999 by then-president Mark Yudof, the Academy of Distinguished Teachers (ADT) is an organization through which its members provide important leadership to the University community, serving as mentors, advisers, and spokespersons for the University’s teaching mission. 

Nomination materials for the Distinguished Teaching Awards are available at

Watch the edited video of the Sept. 27, 2019 ADT workshop on "Teaching in a World of Controversy" at

The members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers are those who have been recognized by either of two University-wide annual award programs: the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education.  The undergraduate teaching award has been in place since 1965, and the graduate-professional award since 1999. ADT members may be affiliated with any credential-granting program on any campus, and may be either faculty or professional and administrative (P&A) employees. Recipients of the Morse-Alumni and the Graduate-Professional Teaching awards are given the designation of Distinguished University Teaching Professor (faculty) or Distinguished University Teacher (P&A) throughout their careers at the University of Minnesota. Information about these awards is available at

For more information about ADT and its activities visit