College Advising, Teaching, Service and Research Awards

The College offers several awards to recognize outstanding service, teaching excellence and exemplary advising. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to bring formal recognition to the excellence in your department. The awards range from $500 to $3,000 each.

Below, you will find a brief description of each award and the call for nominations. Feel free to send these nomination forms to any interested students. If you have any questions concerning the awards, please contact Maureen Cole at We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
This award honors a department or program within the College that is doing exemplary work to improve advising at KU. We encourage all units to apply. The award amount is $1,000.

Byron A. Alexander and John C. Wright Graduate Mentor Awards

Graduate students (current, or those who have graduated in the past year) may nominate a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences who has served as an outstanding mentor. The award amount ranges from $750 to $1,000.

Career Achievement Teaching Award

Each year, this award recognizes a retired faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences who, through sustained teaching excellence, has made a significant contribution to educating students in the College. The award amount is $1,000.

NEW!! Community Engaged Scholarship Award

This award seeks to recognize a KU faculty member whose scholarship actively collaborates with a community partner through the creation of and dissemination of knowledge or creative expression while contributing to the scholar’s discipline and strengthening the wellbeing of the community. The award amount is $1,000.

Gene A. Budig Teaching Professorship in Social & Behavioral Sciences

This annual award recognizes a faculty member in the Social & Behavioral Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences who has made a significant contribution to the teaching of students and who has distinguished her or himself through excellence in teaching. The award amount is $3,000.

Grant Goodman Undergraduate Mentor Award

This annual award recognizes a faculty member who has provided outstanding mentoring and service to undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. All students in the College are invited to nominate an outstanding faculty mentor for this award. The award amount is $1,000.

J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award

Three awards are given annually to faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences who advise undergraduate students in the College. These advisors regularly reach out to their advisees and guide them in reaching educational and career goals. The award amount is $1,000.

Steeples Service to Kansans Award

This is is an annual award that recognizes three faculty members at the KU Lawrence campus who provide significant service to the people of Kansas as a purposeful extension to their teaching and research. One award will be given to a faculty member within the College, one award will be given to a faculty member outside of the College, and one award will be given at-large. The award amount is $1,000. In addition, each recipient will receive a $1,000 base adjustment to their salary.

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