About the Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award


Each fall the Graduate College issues a Call for Nominations to identify faculty and professionals 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 graduate teaching and mentoring. 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 for their long-standing commitment to excellence in graduate education, including mentoring, professional development, and a dedication to diversity and inclusion. 


Tenure-track, tenured, and non-tenured instructors 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, graduate program directors 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.


The Fall 2021 award call is now open! Two candidates will be awarded. Each will receive a check for $2,500.00, a medallion, and plaque, and the two award recipients will be honored during the spring Awards of Distinction Reception and Ceremony.

The deadline nominations is Friday, January 14, 2022. 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., Associate Dean