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Nominations open for Lewis Honors College Founding Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence in Honors Education

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 17, 2023) — Through the generosity of Dean Christian Brady and his wife Elizabeth, the University of Kentucky Lewis Honors College is proud to present the Founding Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Honors Education for the first time this May.

Two $500 awards will be given once per academic year to be announced at the Lewis Honors College Medal Ceremony. A Lewis lecturer whose department home is the Lewis Honors College will be the recipient of one award, while the other one will be given to a member of the Honors faculty or any faculty member who teaches an Honors section or supervises Honors students doing research or an independent study.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Nominees must have at least three years of continuous service as a full-time faculty/instructor.
  • Nominees must have taught at least two terms or equivalent in the current year.

The selection criteria will include an assessment of:

  • Engaging students in and outside the classroom.
  • Incorporating interdisciplinarity.
  • Modeling lifelong learning through continuous professional/pedagogical development.
  • Fostering critical thinking and intellectual inquiry.
  • Demonstrating quality of instruction, through (for instance) organization of teaching materials (syllabi, assignments, etc.)

Any UK student, faculty member, department chair, dean or colleague may nominate a faculty member/instructor. Self-nominations will not be allowed. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2023, to be eligible. Nominations can be submitted here:

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