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2023 Great Teacher Award nominations sought

photo of 2022 Great Teacher Award recipients in Rupp Arena
The 2022 Great Teacher Award recipients honored at a UK men's basketball game Feb. 24, 2022, in Rupp Arena. Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2022) — University of Kentucky students are invited to nominate an outstanding professor for the 62nd annual UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award — the oldest, continuously given award for teachers at the university.

Six professors are selected each year and recognized at a special ceremony to be held during the Spring 2023 semester. They also receive a cash stipend from the Alumni Association.

There have been 313 faculty members recognized since the program began in 1961. Recipients are selected by a committee appointed by the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors and a representative of the Omicron Delta Kappa student honors society.

Qualifications for the award include:

  • Hold the rank of full-time lecturer or above.
  • Serve as a member of the UK faculty for the past three years.
  • Display superior knowledge of their subject matter.
  • Incorporate original and innovative classroom presentations.
  • Demonstrate concern for students both inside and outside the university setting.
  • Not a recipient of this award for the past 10 years.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 7, 2022. Nominations may be submitted online at http://ukalumni.net/gtform.

The UK Alumni Association is committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association, visit www.ukalumni.net or call 800-269-2586.

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