Faculty and staff recognition

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

Nomination information

2021 Awardees


Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award

  • Margaret Jacobs, history and Great Plains studies


Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award

  • Amelia Montes, English and ethnic studies

Dennis Molfese, Sue Venteicher, and David Hansen Hero Award

  • Morgan Pfeiffer, biological sciences

Dr. Charles Riedesel Outstanding Academic Advising Award

  • Ann Koopmann, computer science and engineering

Faculty Senate Awards

  • James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award: Christina Falci, sociology
  • Louise Pound-George Howard Distinguished Career Award: Carole Levin, history

James O'Hanlon Academic Leader Award

  • Dan Hoyt, sociology (interim chair of classics and religious studies)

Nancy Kenny Academic Business Leader Award

  • Amanda Ganshert, Bureau of Sociological Research

Nebraska Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Impact Awards

  • Diversity Leadership Staff Award: Marianna Burks, biological sciences
  • Collective Impact Award: Bureau of Sociological Research


  • Charles Bessey: Christian Binek, physics and astronomy
  • Susan J. Rosowski: Jennine Capó Crucet, English
  • George Holmes: Kwame Dawes, English
  • Charles Mach: Margaret Jacobs, history
  • Willa Cather: Jody Koenig Kellas, communication studies


CAS Engagement Award

  • Abla Hasan, modern languages and literatures
  • Clinical Psychology Training Program

CAS Mentoring Award

  • Marianna Burks, biological sciences
  • Courtney Hillebrecht, political science

CAS Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Award

  • Lory Dance, sociology and ethnic studies
  • Lydia Presley, English (graduate student)

College Distinguished Teaching Award

  • Katherine Castle, communication studies
  • Lynne Elkins, earth and atmospheric sciences
  • Anna Hiatt, biological sciences
  • Emily Kazyak, sociology and women's and gender studies
  • Matthew Van Den Broeke, earth and atmospheric sciences
  • Nathan Wakefield, mathematics

College Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award

  • Eileen Hebets, biological sciences
  • Maital Neta, psychology
  • Roland Végső , English

Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award

  • David Woodman, biological sciences

Recognition archives


Nominate someone for college-level recognition

Applause award

Monthly award honoring our staff who perform their jobs extraordinarily well.

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)

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 1, 2021 - 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 3, 2021
  • 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.