UGA Teaching Awards and Fellowships

The major responsibility for instruction at the University of Georgia lies with the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Center for Teaching and Learning is a unit reporting to the Vice President for Instruction specifically committed to the advancement of instruction and faculty development. A number of programs sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and other University units have been designed to promote the advancement or recognition of instructional and academic achievement.

UGA Teaching Awards and Fellowships

Graduate School Outstanding Mentor Award

This Graduate School award recognizes excellence in a variety of mentoring functions. It also encourages and rewards innovation and effectiveness in mentoring graduate students by faculty during their educational experience. Two awards are given each year to current members of the Graduate Faculty. Awards in Professional/Applied Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences are given even years. Awards in Humanities/Fine & Applied Arts and Life/Physical Sciences are given in odd years. Each award is for $500.

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J. Hatten Howard III Award and Lothar Tresp Outstanding Honors Professor

Named after late geology professor J. Hatten Howard III, the Howard award was established to recognize faculty members who exhibit special promise in teaching Honors courses early in their careers. Determined by the Honors Faculty Council and the Honors Program, this award is presented annually at the Honors graduation awards banquet.

Originally named the Outstanding Honors Professor Award, the Tresp award was dedicated to Lothar Tresp, former Honors Program Director, in the mid-1990s. It recognizes superior teaching and dedication to Honors students in senior faculty members. Determined by the Honors Faculty Council and the Honors Program, this award is also presented annually at the Honors graduation awards banquet.

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Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorships  

The prestigious Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship is the highest honor for distinguished teaching at the University of Georgia. Each school and college is allowed to forward at least one nomination to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Nominations are reviewed by a committee of faculty and students appointed under the guidance of the University Council. Up to five recipients, recognized yearly at the Faculty Recognition Banquet, receive a plaque, an award of $1,000 discretionary funds, and a permanent base-salary increase of $6,000.

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Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

To recognize excellence in undergraduate instruction, three faculty members are selected each spring to receive $5,000 from the Richard B. Russell Foundation. Recipients must have been at the University a minimum of three years and have been in a tenure track position for a total of no more than ten years prior to receiving the award.

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Service-Learning Teacher Excellence Award

The Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Award recognizes UGA faculty for excellence in developing, implementing, and sustaining academic service-learning opportunities for UGA students in domestic and/or international settings. This award, established in 2011, carries a $2,500 faculty development award. All full-time, permanent UGA faculty members in any career track are eligible to apply.

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State-of-the-Art Conferences

The State-of-the-Art Conference Program, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, provides UGA faculty the opportunity to organize a conference on the University of Georgia campus that facilitates interaction between national and international scholars and UGA faculty and students. Proposals to host a State-of-the-Art Conference should originate from faculty whose contributions to the scholarly or creative focus of the proposed conference are such as to enable them to attract other leading scholars to the campus.

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Study in a Second Discipline Fellowships

The Study in a Second Discipline Fellows Program, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, promotes interdisciplinary teaching and research among UGA academic units by providing tenured faculty an opportunity to extend the range of their knowledge through the study of disciplines outside their primary discipline.

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Special Professorships

Regents Professorships

Regents Professorships are bestowed by the Board of Regents on truly distinguished faculty of the University of Georgia whose scholarship or creative activity is recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and pace-setting. The candidate must hold the rank of Professor. At the time of appointment to Regents’ Professor the nominee must not hold, or must relinquish, the University Professorship, Distinguished Research Professorship or GRA Eminent Scholar title.

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Sandy Beaver Professorships

The Sandy Beaver Professorships are awarded for excellence in teaching and are bestowed annually to honor outstanding faculty in the Franklin College who have shown a sustained commitment to high-quality instruction. Faculty of all ranks, but particularly those engaged in undergraduate teaching, are eligible with the exception of those who have won the award in the past five years.

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University Professorships

The title of University Professor is bestowed on faculty at the University of Georgia who have had a significant impact on the university in addition to fulfilling their normal academic responsibilities. The impact may be in the areas of policy development, teaching, curricular change, innovative programs, or academic leadership. The honor recognizes individuals whose actions as change-agents have improved the quality with which the University serves its missions. The candidate must hold the rank of Professor and have been on the faculty of the University of Georgia for ten years. Upon appointment as University Professor, the faculty member must not hold, or must relinquish, the Regents’ Professorship, Distinguished Research Professorship or GRA Eminent Scholar title.

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