The University of Oregon recognizes and highlights the work of its faculty members through awards and honors for the excellence and distinction of their work. Annual awards are presented across the array of faculty endeavors that are essential to the mission. The Office of the Provost administers the Distinguished Teaching Awards, the Williams Fund, the Fund for Faculty Excellence, and the Graduate Educate Excellence AwardsOther university honors are listed below for reference.



Hanan Elsherif receiving a Distinguished Teaching Award from President Schill

Distinguished Teaching Awards

As the UO's highest teaching honor, the distinguished teaching awards are bestowed on a select group of faculty members each year for their excellence in teaching and pedagogy. Nominations come from students, faculty, and staff.

The awards recipients are announced in May when the president and provost drop into surprise unsuspecting faculty members in their classrooms.


Fund for Faculty Excellence award recipient

Fund for Faculty Excellence

The Fund for Faculty Excellence awards are among the most prestigious honors bestowed on faculty at the University of Oregon. They are made possible by a generous gift from Lorry I. Lokey.

Established in 2006, the Fund for Faculty Excellence is designed to support the university’s strategic commitment to improving academic quality by rewarding faculty members for their creative work in teaching, research, scholarship, and education.


Tom and Carol Williams


Williams Fund

Designed to foster innovation, the Williams Fund provides financial support for initiatives that enhance the quality of the educational experience for undergraduate students at the UO. Tom and Carol Williams wanted to create a resource that could have a revolutionary effect on the way the university addresses undergraduate education.



Graduate Education Excellence Awards

These awards recognize that strong mentorship and academic leadership and coordination are essential components of strong graduate programs. With these awards, the Division of Graduate Studies hopes to reinforce and highlight practices that enhance the quality of graduate education at the University of Oregon.