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 Education Excellence Awards.

Distinguished Teaching Awards

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2022 Distinguished Teaching Award winner Katie Lynch

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.

►  Nominations
►  2022 Recipients
►  Previous Recipients

Fund for Faculty Excellence

fund for faculty excellence

The Fund for Faculty Excellence awards are among the most prestigious honors bestowed on faculty at UO. They are made possible by a generous gift from Lorry I. Lokey. Established in 2006, the fund 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.

►  2021-22 Recipients
►  Previous Recipients

Williams Fund

Tom and Carol Williams

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.

►  Fellows Nominations
►  Fellowships Awarded
►  Proposal Submissions
►  Funded Proposals

Graduate Education Excellence Awards

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2022 Graduate Education Excellence Award winner Maile Hutterer (center) with students Stormy DuBois, Zo Kambour, Gaby Chitwood, and Trish McCall

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.

►  Excellence Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentorship
►  Excellence Award for Directors of Graduate Studies
►  Excellence Award for Graduate Coordinators
►  Previous Recipients


Other University Honors


UO Excellence in Advising Awards

Each year, the Division of Undergraduate Studies and the All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) select one outstanding faculty advisor and one outstanding professional advisor. Both receive a $2,000 award, generously provided by The Division of Undergraduate Studies. The recipients who best exhibit the qualities associated with excellent advising will be recognized at an awards brunch. Faculty, students, staff, and officers of administration are welcome to nominate faculty and professional advisors who meet the eligibility requirements.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Award

Equity, inclusion, and diversity are fundamental values we aspire to as a university community. These values were profoundly reflected in the life and work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year, the Division of Equity and Inclusion celebrates university faculty and staff whose contributions to the campus and local communities exemplify ideals espoused by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Remote Teaching Awards

The Remote Teaching Awards recognize faculty who transformed traditional, face-to-face courses into remote teaching environments while maintaining the qualities we value at the UO: professional, inclusive, engaged and research-informed teaching. Each recipient is awarded a $1,000 stipend.

The Wayne T. Westling Award

The Wayne T. Westling Award for University Leadership and Service was created by the UO Senate in 2001. The award is named in honor of Wayne T. Westling, Professor of Law at the University of Oregon from 1979-2001, who was recognized across campus for his unswerving and selfless commitment to faculty governance at the University of Oregon. It is given to a faculty or staff member for their outstanding and long-term leadership and service to the university. The Senate’s Committee on Committees is responsible for establishing the selection criteria, soliciting nominations, screening candidates, and recommending the recipient to the Senate for its approval. The recipient is selected when the Senate votes on the recommendation of the Committee on Committees.

Faculty Excellence in Universal Design

The Accessible Education Center awards faculty members who display excellence in universal design. This involves providing flexibility in the ways in which information is presented, how students may demonstrate knowledge or skills, and the ways in which students are able to engage in a course. Universal Design in Learning (UDL) strives to ensure equity and access for all learners. 

COVID-19 Research Innovation Awards

The COVID-19 Research Innovation Awards recognize faculty research efforts deployed in response to COVID-19. Research is an integral part of the UO mission and, as a public university, we strive to bridge the extraordinary talents of our faculty with the needs of our communities in Eugene/Springfield, the state of Oregon, and the larger society. Each recipient is awarded a $1,000 stipend.