The university’s most prestigious awards for teaching, research and engagement recognize individual faculty members and one academic department whose work
has had a significant impact on students, the university and the state. Winners are selected by a committee of
faculty members—and in the case of the engagement award, community members—and receive a monetary prize,
a presidential medallion and an engraved plaque. The President’s Faculty Excellence Awards include:
The Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award (ORCA) honors members of the University
of Nebraska faculty who have conducted outstanding research or creative activity of
national/international significance. The winner is awarded $10,000.
The Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA) honors members of the
University of Nebraska faculty who have developed meritorious and sustained records of excellence in
teaching and creativity related to teaching. The winner is awarded $10,000.
The Innovation, Development, and Engagement Award (IDEA) honors members of the University
of Nebraska faculty who have extended their academic expertise beyond the boundaries of the
University in ways that have enriched the broader community. The winner is awarded $10,000.
The University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA) honors a department/unit at the
University of Nebraska which has outstanding esprit de corps in its dedication to the education of
students at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional levels. The honored department is awarded $25,000.