Faculty recognition and awards

Faculty awards

The Provost's Office coordinates several campus-wide academic awards, many of which are presented at the University's Honor the Best celebration, an annual event to recognize the outstanding achievements of faculty, staff and students. These awards include the following:

  • Cavanaugh Community Volunteer Award

    The Cavanaugh Community Volunteer Award has been given annually since 1996 to recognize a graduating student at the University of Nevada, Reno who has made a significant contribution to the community through volunteer work. The award is funded by the son and daughter of Margery Cavanaugh.

    Learn about the Cavanaugh Community Volunteer Award

  • Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award

    In recognition of the importance of faculty outreach, the Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award program began in 2004. The award was developed to recognize and salute the university's faculty for outstanding outreach activities. Funding is provided by the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and the Office of the Provost.

    Learn about the Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award

  • F. Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teacher Award

    The F. Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teacher Award has been conferred to the university's finest teachers since 1973. Recipients come from a wide variety of University of Nevada, Reno teaching departments. Each year two recipients are selected based on nominations from the deans of each college, submission of teaching portfolios by the nominees, and classroom observations. Funding is provided by the University Foundation, ASUN and the Office of the Provost.

    Learn about the F. Donald Tibbitts Distinguished Teacher Award

  • Paul and Judy Bible University Teaching Excellence Award

    The inaugural Paul and Judy Bible Teaching Excellence Award will be presented at the 2018 Spring Commencement. This $10,000 award was established through a permanent endowment by Paul Bible, former chair of the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Board of Trustees. Paul and his late wife Judy were both graduates of Nevada, Paul in economics and Judy in elementary education. They valued the education they received at Nevada and the efforts of their teachers. Nominations are to be submitted by students who are enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno at the time of nomination. University academic faculty members whose appointments are least 0.5 FTE are eligible to be nominated for this award.

    Learn about the Paul and Judy Bible University Teaching Excellence Award

  • Foundation Professor Award

    The Foundation Professor program was developed in 1983 to recognize and salute the university's professors for outstanding achievements, particularly in research and teaching. The award is for a three-year period during which the individuals selected receive a $5,000 annual stipend to be used in professional endeavors, a one course per semester reduction in teaching load, and recognition at the annual Foundation Banquet in early fall. Funding is provided by the University Foundation.

    Learn about the Foundation Professor Award

  • Thornton Peace Prize

    The Thornton Peace Prize was established in 1970 by William and Barbara Thornton, both graduates of the University of Nevada, Reno. This award is given annually to recognize an individual or group from the university community who exemplifies by word or deed that use of force is not an acceptable means for settling disputes.

    Learn about the Thornton Peace Prize

  • The University and Board of Regents Academic Advisor Award

    The University Academic Advisor Award is given annually to faculty members with distinguished records of student advisement. Two awards are granted, one for undergraduate advisement and one for graduate advisement. Full-time faculty and professional staff who provide academic advising as part of their regular or primary assignment are eligible for the award.

    Learn about the University and Board of Regents Academic Advisor Award

  • Board of Regents Teaching Award

    The Nevada Regents’ Teaching Award is given annually to two faculty members with distinguished records of teaching. One award shall be granted annually to one full-time faculty member who is tenured or tenure-track who provides instruction as their primary assignment at UNLV, UNR, or NSC, or to a DRI faculty member who provides instruction as part of their regular assignment. The second award shall be granted annually to one full-time non-tenured or non-tenure track faculty member who provides instruction as part of their primary assignment at UNLV, UNR, or NSC, or to a DRI faculty member who provides instruction as part of their regular assignment. Candidates must have at least five years of cumulative service in the NSHE by the date of nomination in order to be considered for the award. This is a prestigious award, and the winner receives a special medal and a check for $5,000.

    Learn about the University and Board of Regents Teaching Award

Faculty grants

The Provost's Office coordinates several campus-wide academic awards, many of which are presented at the University's Honor the Best celebration, an annual event to recognize the outstanding achievements of faculty, staff and students. These awards include the following:

  • Faculty travel grants

    Travel grants covering expenses for research and scholarship are overseen by the Office of Research and Innovation.

    Learn about faculty travel grant opportunities

  • Instructional Enhancement Grants

    The Instructional Enhancement Grants Program provides grants from a few hundred to five thousand dollars to enhance any aspect of the instructional mission of the university. This includes the traditional classroom-based modes of instruction as well as other modes, such as tutoring, electronic distance education, directing graduate students, and advising. Continuing faculty on continuing appointments greater than .50 FTE are eligible to apply. A call for proposals is made in the spring -semester each year, with proposals reviewed by a committee and notifications of funding announced in late April to early May. Projects must be completed by the end of May of the following year.

    NOTE: There will be no 2019 program for Instructional Enhancement Grants