Faculty and staff recognition

Honoring faculty and staff who advance the mission of the university in teaching, research and service.

Nomination information

2022 Awardees


Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award

  • Robert Brooke
  • Vanessa Gorman
    History, Classics and Religious Studies

Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award

  • Jordan Stump
    Modern Languages and Literatures


Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award

  • Roland Végsö

James O’Hanlon Academic Leader Award

  • Dawn O. Braithwaite
    Communication Studies

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

  • Kristi Montooth
    Biological Sciences

Chancellor's Outstanding Contribution to the Status of Women Award

  • Department of Mathematics
  • School of Biological Sciences


Susan J. Rosowski

  • Rebecca Leigh Brock

Charles Mach

  • Alexei Gruverman
    Physics and Astronomy

Aaron Douglas

  • Eve Brank
    Psychology, Center on Children, Families and the Law


Annual Applause Award

  • Marilyn Johnson
  • Bergen Johnston
    Rural Drug Addiction Research Center
  • Kirsten Licht
    Dean's Office
  • Jamie Longwell
  • Brian O'Connell
    Dean's Office
  • Stephanie Vendetti
    Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education

CAS Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Award

  • Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Dawne Curry
    History, Ethnic Studies
  • Kaitlin Tademy

College Distinguished Teaching Award

  • Clayton Cressler
    Biological Sciences
  • Huijing Du
  • Julia Frengs
    Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Pascha Sotolongo Stevenson
  • Olha Tytarenko
    Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Hope Wabuke

College Engagement Award

  • Hana Waisserova
    Modern Languages and Literatures

College Mentoring Award

  • Katrina Jagodinsky

College Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award


  • Iker Gonzalez-Allende
    Modern Languages and Literatures

Natural Sciences

  • Mark Walker

Social Sciences

  • Kelsy Burke

Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award

  • Allan Donsig


Marjorie L. Dewey and Catherine H. Kelly Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

  • Jason Kautz

Hitchcock Family Chair in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs

  • Courtney Hillebrecht
    Political Science and Forsyth Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs

Cotner College Professor

  • Stephen Lahey
    Classics and Religious Studies

Happold Professor

  • Jeannette Eileen Jones
    History, Ethnic Studies

Adele Hall Chair

  • Shari Stenberg
    English, Women's and Gender Studies

Teaching Academy Fellows

  • Anna Hiatt
    Biological Sciences
  • Julia Reilly
    Global Integrative Studies
  • Shari Stenberg
    English, Women's and Gender Studies

Recognition archives


Nominate someone for college-level recognition

Applause Award

Monthly award honoring our staff who perform their jobs extraordinarily well. Six recipients will receive an Annual Applause Award at our annual celebration.

CAS Engagement Award

Recognizes people or units involved in exemplary engagement activities that have an impact beyond the university.

CAS Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Award

Honors people, organizations, or units within the college involved in innovative or exemplary activities that have an impact on campus or in the community that promotes inclusive excellence and diversity.

CAS Mentoring Award

Honors faculty or staff involved in exemplary mentoring activities. Many of our faculty and staff are dedicated and effective mentors, and this award recognizes mentoring excellence that goes above and beyond normally expected contributions.

College Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award

Recognizes significant research and creative accomplishments of UNL faculty in the last five years.

Distinguished Teaching Awards

The College Distinguished Teaching Award honors consistently excellent teaching.

The Hazel McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award honors exemplary teaching, based on four criteria.


The highest form of recognition.

The Willa Cather/Charles Bessey professorship recognizes distinguished scholarship or creative activity.

The John E. Weaver/Aaron Douglas professorship recognizes a sustained record of teaching excellence and national visibility for instructional activities/practice.

The Susan J. Rosowski professorship recognizes significant contributions in research and teaching and exceptional promise for future excellence

  • Due to the college by October 3, 2022 - the college due date is earlier than the EVC date because the college's Endowed Professorship Committee and the dean review the files.
  • Nomination process
  • Awardees

Nominate someone for university-level recognition

Annis Chaikin Sorensen Distinguished Teaching Award in the Humanities

Recognizes an individual for his/her outstanding teaching in the humanities.

Edgerton Junior Faculty Award

Honors an outstanding junior faculty member who has demonstrated creative research, extraordinary teaching abilities, and academic promise.

  • Due to the college by December 2, 2022
  • Instructions:
    • Provide the nomination letter, abbreviated c.v., and candidate statement
    • Do not complete the nomination form—the college will submit this on behalf of the top-ranked nominee

O’Hanlon Academic Leader Award

Honors an academic leader who has demonstrated exceptional abilities to lead, serve, inspire, and collaborate on the academic goals of the university.

Nominate someone for system-level recognition

Faculty IP Innovation and Commercialization Award (FIPICA)

Honors members of the University of Nebraska faculty who have developed and nurtured new intellectual property from concept to licensing/startup business.

Inclusive Excellence Collaboration Award (IECA)

Recognizes outstanding contributions which advance diversity, access and inclusion and equitable outcomes that drive inclusive excellence.

Innovation, Development, and Engagement Award (IDEA)

Honors members of the University of Nebraska faculty who have extended their academic expertise beyond the boundaries of the University in ways that have enriched the broader community.

Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award

Honors members of the University of Nebraska faculty who have conducted outstanding research or creative activity of national/international significance.

Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA)

Honors members of the University of Nebraska faculty who have developed meritorious and sustained records of excellence in teaching and creativity related to teaching.

University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA)

Honors a department/unit at the University of Nebraska which has outstanding esprit de corps in its dedication to the education of students at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional levels.