One of the most rewarding parts of our jobs is recognizing the outstanding work you are doing to advance the University of Nebraska's core missions of teaching, research and engagement. The success of any university depends on the quality of its faculty, and we are fortunate to have some of the best serving on our campuses.
Each year the University of Nebraska presents up to six faculty members and one department or unit with our most prestigious awards for success in the classroom, laboratory and community. Nominations are being accepted now for these university-wide awards. We hope you will take this opportunity to nominate a colleague whose work has made a significant impact on students, the university and the state and which merits public recognition.
“The success of any university depends on the quality of its faculty, and we are fortunate to have some of the best serving on our campuses.”
Faculty winners are awarded $10,000 each, a presidential medallion and an engraved plaque. The departmental winner receives $25,000 to be used to support its instructional mission. All winners, who are chosen by panels of their peers, are honored at a luncheon hosted by the president in the spring.
Nomination forms, criteria, instructions and information on past winners is available at www.nebraska.edu/awards.
A brief description of the awards and their nomination deadlines follows:
- Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA): Recognizes individual faculty members who have demonstrated meritorious and sustained records of excellence and creativity in teaching.
- Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award: Recognizes individual faculty members for outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance.
- Innovation, Development and Engagement Award (IDEA): Recognizes faculty members who have extended their academic expertise beyond the boundaries of the university in ways that have enriched the broader community.
- University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA): Recognizes a department or unit within the university that has made a unique and significant contribution to the teaching efforts of the university and which has outstanding esprit de corps in its dedication to the education of students at the undergraduate, graduate or professional level.
Thank you for your assistance in recognizing excellence at the University of Nebraska. We are honored to work among such talented colleagues.
President, University of Nebraska
Susan M. Fritz
Executive Vice President and Provost
University of Nebraska