Category:University Award Recipients

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University Awards are awarded to professors at Brigham Young University through a nomination and selection process. An individual may receive multiple awards but cannot receive each award more than once. Following are the awards for which a professor can be nominated.

  • Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer: This is the most prestigious faculty award given by the university. The recipient must have demonstrated clear superiority in research and/or creative work, teaching, and university citizenship (as outlined in the criteria for other Maeser awards). The recipient is honored at the annual university conference and is given the opportunity to present a university forum address the following winter semester, after which the recipient is honored at a special luncheon.
  • Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Awards: Each recipient of this award receives a cash award and is recognized at the annual university conference. Superior teachings is demonstrated by characteristics that include but are not limited to the following:
    • The awardee's teaching is rigorous and based on high expectations
    • The awardee's teaching is successfully directed toward comprehension, understanding, and reasoning.
    • The three general criteria )university citizenship, teaching, and research/creative work) are interdependent. The awardee's teaching is significantly influenced by his or her citizenship and research or creative work. As a citizen, the awardee understands and takes responsibility for the university and society. His or her research is influenced by teaching and is appropriately evaluated by peers in the wide community of the discipline.
    • One of the Maeser Excellence in Teaching Awards may be given to honor a faculty member who is doing innovative work to enhance learning through instructional design, pedagogical innovations, or student mentoring.
  • Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Awards: These awards are presented in recognition of exceptional distinction in research or creative arts of performances. Superiority in research or the creative arts can be demonstrated by the following:
    • The awardee has gained recognition and influence in his or her discipline reaching well beyond local or regional boundaries. The scholarship has brought distinction to both the awardee and the university.
    • Evaluation of this distinction is usually demonstrated through activities which illustrate the faculty member's recognition by colleagues elsewhere (e.g. significant refereed publications, juried displays and performances, etc.).
    • The three general criteria of a Maeser award (university citizenship, teaching, and research/creative work) are all interdependent.
  • Abraham O. Smoot Citizenship Award: This award is given to a BYU faculty member who, through a career of distinguished service to the university, has demonstrated those qualities of service and personal sacrifice to the university exhibited by A. O. Smoot. Some, primarily faculty members, have given service in long-term administrative assignments they never sought, performed them with distinction and, when their administrative appointments were over, willingly returned to the ranks of the faculty. This award is intended to recognize distinguished service and sacrifice and includes the following criteria:
    • At least fifteen years of service as a faulty member at BYU.
    • Demonstrated evidence that the recipient is an outstanding faculty member, through past or current teaching activity and/or scholarly work.
    • Compelling evidence that the recipient has made a truly distinctive and significant contribution in the area of service to the university, exemplifying the sacrifice, citizenship, and service shown by A. O. Smoot. Nominators have wide latitude in evaluating distinguished service and citizenship.
    • Evidence, by actions and articulation, that the recipient has promoted the unique spiritual and secular mission of the university.
  • Karl G. Maeser Professional Faculty Excellence Award: This award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in fulfilling professional faculty responsibilities. The recipient is one who has demonstrated excellence in citizenship and professional service such as clinical supervision and instruction, counseling, librarianship, athletic coaching, or scholarly or creative work. This award is intended specifically for professional track faculty.
  • Wesley P. Lloyd Award for Distinction in Graduate Education: This award is given to a member of the graduate faculty who has distinguished herself or himself by exemplary performance in teaching, research/creative work, and citizenship. Specific qualifications include:
    • Distinguished teaching and instruction in his or her discipline at the graduate level.
    • Significant research/creative work.
    • Superior mentoring and supervising of graduate students.
    • Exemplary service to the university, specifically in the creation, implementation, and supervision of graduate programs.
  • Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award: This award recognizes the contributions of adjunct faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or in other professional responsibilities in service to the university and to the students over a period of at least five years. It intends to acknowledge the important role adjunct faculty and other professionals play in the life of the university and in its ability to achieve the aims of a BYU education in the lives of students.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Award: The Phi Kappa Phi award recognizes balanced contributions in which citizenship, teaching, and research/creative work are brought together to serve students and the university community. Specific qualifications include:
    • Exemplary character, evidenced in dealings with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and others in the campus community.
    • Exemplary university citizenship as discussed in the university Rank and Status Policy.
    • Outstanding teaching.
    • Significant research/creative work which strengthens his or her teaching and enlivens his or her interactions with students and others in the university community.
  • Young Scholar Awards and BYU Class of 1949 Young Faculty Award: These awards encourage and acknowledge outstanding promise and contributions by junior faculty. These awards are for a three year term and are not renewable. To be eligible, a faculty member should have been in a faculty position for at least three years but not more than ten years an din a rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.
  • University Professorships: University Professorships encourage and acknowledge senior faculty who are outstanding teachers, scholars, and university citizens. Some professorships specifically reward and enhance superior classroom teaching. In short, professorships are used to improve learning, including both scholarship and teaching. Appointments are for a five-year term and may be renewed upon recommendation by the Department Chair and Dean and with approval from the Academic Vice President and university President.
  • Alumni Professorship: This award was established to recognize exceptional service to students and teaching at BYU through outstanding mentoring; advising; teaching; developing new course, new programs, or new philosophies; and by demonstrating a sustained, long-term commitment to these efforts. This professorship is given to a BYU faculty member who has helped fulfill the mission of BYU and has helped students to enter to learn and be prepared to go forth and serve. This award is for a three year term and is not renewable. Recipients must have continuing faculty status at BYU and hold the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
  • General Education Professorship (formerly the Karl G. Maeser General Education Professorship): This award was established to recognize exceptional service to BYU through outstanding teaching, developing new courses, new programs, or new philosophies; and by demonstrating a sustained, long-term commitment to these efforts. Appointments to these positions have been made to faculty with a deep love for the liberal arts and a willingness to commit significant time and energy to the teaching of General Education courses. One award is given per year.
  • Alcuin Fellowships: Created in 1986, this award is named for Alcuin of York, master of the seven liberal arts and leading figure of the Carolingian Renaissance who brought about far-reaching educational renewal. The fellowship appointments are for three years and involve a stipend and research support funds. Recipients are envisioned as ambassadors of Undergraduate Education programs in their departments and colleges. In order to be eligible for this award, recipients must have served in various capacities in Undergraduate Education programs, including General Education, the Honors Program, and Freshman Academy. To maintain the award recipients must also contribute each year to the Undergraduate Education programs by teaching a GE or Honors course, presenting an Honors seminar, or serving in other capacities.


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