2014 Information

Faculty awards recognize excellence and promise. A limited number of awards are offered each year. Applications are due from the College Dean's offices on Monday, January 27, 2014. Recipients will be recognized at the annual All-University Honors Convocation in April. Learn more about each award and the application procedures by viewing the page associated with the award.

AwardStipendDisciplineEligibilitySummary
Edgerton $5000 ($3000 professional development and $2000 salary supplement), distributed over two years Open Full-time, pre-tenure with a tenure notification date of 2017 In recognition of creative research, extraordinary teaching and academic promise
Sorensen $3000 one-time Humanities Full-time In recognition of outstanding teaching in the humanities
College Distinguished Teaching $1000 one-time Open (distribution of available awards among colleges varies each year) Open (see College Dean's offices for more information) In recognition of consistent excellence in teaching

Harold & Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award

The Harold & Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award is presented each year to honor an outstanding junior faculty member who has demonstrated creative research, extraordinary teaching abilities, and academic promise. Eligibility is limited to full-time tenure-track assistant or associate professors who are in their third year of their pre-tenure status (tenure notification date of May 2017).

The Edgerton Award is a $5,000 award, distributed over a two-year period. The award includes a $3,000 professional development fund available to support research and educational activities such as travel or equipment purchases and a $2,000 salary supplement ($1,000 per year).

Application Instructions

Full dossiers should be submitted electronically to academicaffairs@unl.edu and include:

  • Nomination form: Please indicate the award for which the individual is being nominated, and provide basic information, including contact information for the nominator and seconder (a seconder is not required). In instances where nominators are not chairs or deans, nomination letters are welcome, but not required (maximum 3 pages).
  • Nomination letter from the nominee's chair: Please address the faculty member's academic promise, citing examples of the nominee's accomplishments in research/creative activity and in teaching. This letter should include a summary of the candidate's annual evaluations and student course evaluations. It is especially helpful to include how the faculty member's research or creative activity has contributed to superior classroom instruction for undergraduate and graduate students (maximum 3 pages).
  • A letter from the nominee's college dean, in support of the individual's nomination (maximum 3 pages)
  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae: Please include a listing of all courses taught in the last three years and highlight published works which took place while at UNL. For multi-author materials, please specify your contributions (maximum 5 pages).
  • Statement of the candidate's research/creative activity philosophy and goals (maximum 1 page)
  • Statement of the candidate's teaching philosophy and goals (maximum 1 page)

Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award

The Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award is a one-time $ 3,000 award presented each year to recognize an individual for his/her outstanding teaching in the humanities. The humanities disciplines, as defined by Academic Senate, include art, classics, communication studies, English, history, modern languages and literatures, journalism, libraries, music, philosophy, theatre arts, ROTC, museum, and members of the faculty in the athletic department and all units in the College of Architecture. Nominations are limited to full-time faculty.

Application Instructions

Full dossiers should be submitted electronically to academicaffairs@unl.edu and include:

  • Nomination form: Please indicate the award for which the individual is being nominated, and provide basic information, including contact information for the nominator and seconder (a seconder is not required). In instances where nominators are not chairs or deans, nomination letters are welcome, but not required (maximum 3 pages).
  • Nomination letter from the nominee's chair: Please address the individual's success in teaching. It is especially helpful to reference student evaluations, classroom visits, or other peer-review activities (maximum 3 pages).
  • Letter from the nominee's college dean, in support of the individual's nomination (maximum 3 pages)
  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae: Please include a listing of all courses taught in the last three years and highlight published works related to teaching, past teaching awards and recognition, and professional development workshops or symposia attended focused on teaching (maximum 5 pages).
  • Self-reflection on teaching: Please provide a brief description of your teaching philosophy, work with curricular development (courses developed, modified, etc.), and engagement in department- or campus-level discussion on pedagogy (maximum 3 pages).

College Distinguished Teaching Awards

College Distinguished Teaching Awards are $1,000 awards in recognition of excellence in teaching. Each College Dean's office should send a letter naming the individuals recommended for the College Distinguished Teaching Awards based upon established College procedures, which should include input from a variety of individuals. Fifteen awards are available each year and the distribution rotates among the Colleges.

For 2014, the following awards are available:

  • Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources: 1
  • Arts and Sciences: 6
  • Business Administration: 1
  • Engineering: 2
  • Education and Human Sciences: 3
  • Fine and Performing Arts: 1
  • Law: 1