About the Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award


Annually, the Graduate College issues a call for nominations to identify graduate instructors who excel in their teaching and mentoring of graduate and professional students. The Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Awards are the highest honor presented by the Graduate College in recognition of distinguished teaching and mentoring of graduate students. Excellence in graduate teaching and mentoring is critical to the Mission of the Graduate College and contributes to a thriving graduate community. Awardees are recognized at the annual Outstanding Faculty Awards celebration (Presidential Events & University Ceremonies) for their long-standing commitment to excellence in graduate education, including mentoring, professional development, and a dedication to diversity and inclusion.


Members of the Graduate Faculty who have a record of excellence and commitment to graduate education are eligible for nomination. Candidates may be nominated by students, staff, faculty members, department heads, or deans.  A committee of faculty members and university professionals review the nomination packets and make their recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate College.


Because this award is now recognized at the Outstanding Faculty Awards celebration hosted by Presidential Events & University Ceremonies each spring, we have adjusted the nomination cycle. The next deadline for nomination is September 15, 2023. The call for nominations will circulate in May 2023. 

Two candidates will be awarded. Each awardee will receive a check for $2,500.00, a medallion, and plaque.

All nomination materials must be submitted through our Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award Nomination webform as a single PDF.

For questions regarding submission of the nomination packet, please contact:

Lori D'Anna, Executive Assistant to the Dean

For questions regarding the content of the nomination packet, please contact:

Maggie Pitts, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean