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2023 Outstanding Teaching Awards call for nominations

Chemistry class on Nov. 1 2022.
Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2022) — Each year, the University of Kentucky recognizes faculty and graduate students for outstanding teaching during the Provost's Awards for Outstanding Teaching. 

Intended to identify and recognize individuals who demonstrate special dedication to student achievement and who are evincing meritorious success in their teaching, the Outstanding Teaching Award emphasizes the university’s commitment to the importance of teaching as its vital core mission in the Commonwealth, the nation and the world.

“The impact of the COVID pandemic on how we assist students in achieving the desired learning outcomes is undeniable. Given the challenges faced during the past three years, it is even more vital that we acknowledge and reward those who have excelled during this challenging time in higher education’s history,” said Sue Nokes, acting associate provost for faculty advancement. “We strongly encourage you to nominate deserving faculty members and graduate teaching assistants for distinguished teaching awards.”

All submissions are to be sent electronically to Faculty Advancement Coordinator Jennifer Haynes at A selection committee will review the nominees, collect additional information from nominators and recommend winners to the provost. 

The deadline for faculty, staff and students to submit one-page initial nominations to the faculty member's (or teaching assistant’s) department chair (or school director) is 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. The deadline for department chairs to submit their two-page formal nominations to the Office of the Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement is 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. The committee will use the formal nomination letters to determine a list of finalists who will be asked to submit additional materials for consideration. 

Award recipients will be honored and receive their awards at the Faculty Awards Ceremony. The 2023 Outstanding Teaching Awards Ceremony will be held 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2023, in the J. David Rosenberg College of Law Grand Courtroom.

For questions contact Jennifer N. Haynes at For a full list of past recipients of the Provost’s Awards for Outstanding Teaching, click here

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