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

Nomination information

2020 Awardees


Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA)

  • Jody Koenig Kellas, communication studies


Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award

  • Kathryn Holland, psychology

James O’Hanlon Academic Leader Award

  • Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, political science

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

  • Angela Palmer-Wackerly, communication studies


  • Marco Abel, Willa Cather Professor of English
  • Eric Dodds, Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Brian Harbourne, Willa Cather Professor of Mathematics
  • Eileen Hebets, Charles Bessey Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Jeffrey Stevens, Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Stacey Waite, Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English


CAS Engagement Award

  • Saravanan Raju, computer science and engineering

College Distinguished Teaching Award

  • David Hage, chemistry
  • Nganga Muchiri, English
  • Angela Palmer-Wackerly, communication studies
  • Heather Richards-Rissetto, anthropology
  • Alexandra Seceleanu, mathematics
  • Alexander Zupan, mathematics

College Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award

  • Rebecca Lai, chemistry
  • Philip Schwadel, sociology
  • Jay Storz, biological sciences
  • Adrian Wisnicki, English

Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award

  • Joy Castro, English


  • Stephen Burnett, Hymen Rosenberg Professor in Judaic Studies
  • Bedross Der Matossian, Hymen Rosenberg Associate Professor in Judaic Studies
  • Sophia Perdikaris, Carl A. Happold Professor in Anthropology
  • Jordan Soliz, Leland J. and Dorothy H. Olson Chair in Arts and Sciences

Recognition archives


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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

Annis Chaikin Sorensen Distinguished Teaching Award in the Humanities for outstanding humanities teachers, College Distinguished Teaching Award honors consistently excellent teaching, and Hazel McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award honors exemplary teaching, based on four criteria.


The highest form of recognition. Willa Cather/Charles Bessey for distinguished scholarship or creative activity, John E. Weaver/Aaron Douglas for a sustained record of teaching excellence and national visibility for instructional activities/practice, and Susan J. Rosowski for significant contributions in research and teaching and exceptional promise for future excellence

  • Due to the college by October 1, 2019 - the college due date is earlier than the EVC date because the college's Endowed Professorship Committee and the dean review the files.
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Edgerton Junior Faculty Award

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

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.

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.

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.