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Awards/Grants

Presidential Teaching Fellow: All tenured faculty are eligible. The Presidential Teaching Fellowship promotes excellence in teaching by establishing a core group of faculty who are given the highest recognition for their effective teaching. Additionally, Fellows carry a special responsibility for ensuring teaching excellence by sharing their expertise with the University Community. One Fellow is selected each year and serves an active term of two years, during which time they may receive special award compensation. Fellows retain their title while employed at UNM and receive a permanent increase to base salary. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni.

The Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee and the Center for Teaching Excellence invite all UNM instructors, students, and staff to nominate outstanding educators for special award recognition. Please submit online application via this link.

PLEASE take special note that the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award nominations MUST be made by Department Chairs. Please send the names of nominees to CTE (cte@unm.edu) by February 15th, 2019.


The nomination process for all awards requires only providing names of nominees. Nominees will then be contacted to provide information required for the award committees to select recipients.


2019 – 2021 Presidential Teaching Fellow

All tenured faculty are eligible. The Presidential Teaching Fellowship promotes excellence in teaching by establishing a core group of faculty who are given the highest recognition for their effective teaching. Additionally, Fellows carry a special responsibility for ensuring teaching excellence by sharing their expertise with the University Community. One Fellow is selected each year and serves an active term of two years, during which time they may receive special award compensation. Fellows retain their title while employed at UNM and receive a permanent increase to base salary. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni.

2018 - 2019 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards

All tenured faculty, clinician educators, and professors of practice are eligible. The Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award recognizes and rewards teaching excellence and fosters a campus climate that supports teaching improvement and accomplishment. Multiple recipients may be selected for this monetary award. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni.

2018 - 2019 New Teacher of the Year Awards

All pre-tenure, tenure-track Assistant Professors are eligible. The New Teacher of the Year Award recognizes the accomplished educators who are recent additions to the UNM faculty prior to the achievement of tenure. Multiple recipients may be selected for this monetary award. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni.

2018 - 2019 Online Teacher of the Year Award

All lecturers, clinician educators, tenure-track and tenured faculty, and formally appointed adjunct faculty who have already completed three semesters of online teaching are eligible. This award acknowledges and rewards teaching excellence and fosters a campus climate that supports teaching improvement and accomplishment in the arena of online and distance education. One recipient may be selected for this monetary award. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni.

2018 - 2019 Lecturer or Affiliated Teacher of the Year Award

All faculty in non-tenure eligible positions (e.g., Lecturer, Instructor, Part-time temporary faculty, Visiting Professor, Adjunct faculty) who have taught at least four sections per year (including summer sessions) during a minimum of three consecutive years at UNM are eligible for this award. This award recognizes the contributions to UNM’s teaching mission by consistently employed, non-tenure-track faculty. Multiple recipients may be selected for this monetary award. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni. Replaces the Adjunct Teacher or Lecturer of the Year Award.

2018 - 2019 Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

All current teaching assistants are eligible. This award recognizes and rewards teaching achievements of graduate students. Multiple recipients may be selected for this monetary award. Nominations are to be made by department chairs on the basis of one nomination for every five departmental teaching assistants.


For any questions regarding these awards, please call 277-2229 or email cte@unm.edu.

2018 - 2019 Teaching Awards Ceremony


Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). Teaching Awards Recognize UNM’s Outstanding Educators

Each year the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee selects recipients for a variety of campus-wide teaching awards. The awards and eligibility descriptions are provided below. Awardees are selected following a nomination and dossier-review process.

2018-2019 Award Winners:

2018-2020 Presidential Teaching Fellow winner:

      Tamar Ginossar, Communication and Journalism

2018-2019 Outstanding Teachers of the Year:

      Bethany Davila, English

      Cristyn Elder, English

2018-2019 Outstanding Online Teacher of the Year:

      Shirley Heying, Anthropology

2018-2019 New Teachers of the Year:

      Marygold Walsh-Dilley, Latin American Iberian Institute & Honors College

      Noah Painter-Davis, Sociology

2018-2019 Outstanding Lecturer of the Year:

      Julianne Newmark, English

2018-2019 Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistants of the Year:

      Amy Gore, English

      Debra Nieto, Spanish and Portuguese

      David Paez, Spanish and Portuguese

      Camille Dwyer, Earth and Planetary Sciences

      Darin Brown, Psychology


Click here for a list of all previous recipients.

For any questions regarding these awards, please call 277-2229 or email cte@unm.edu.

The 2019-2020 UNM Teaching Fellows program will focus on the instruction of large introductory courses. There will be a particular emphasis on practices that engage students and that help foster student success.

The UNM Teaching Fellows program provides opportunities to discuss one's teaching in an informed, supportive community, to examine the latest research on teaching and learning, and to developing a scholarly approach to your teaching. During the Fall 2019 semester, Fellows will participate in several faculty development opportunities: monthly meetings, workshops, and consultations. Fellows should then feel confident and prepared to implement new teaching techniques and monitor their effects in their Spring 2020 courses.

The program will culminate in a campus showcase during the Fall 2020 semester, featuring presentations from each Fellow. If a Fellow is interested in developing their project further by engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), collecting research quality data, and disseminating their findings at national conferences and pursuing publication, limited opportunities will be made available within the 2020-2021 Teaching Fellows Program.

Accepted applicants are expected to commit to the following schedule:

  • Attend an initial two-day Summer Institute (August 8 and 9, 2019) to introduce Fellows to the program and to begin our discussion of best practices for engaging students in large courses. Stipends are also available for TAs.
  • Attend monthly meetings beginning September 2019.
  • Attend tailored workshops aimed at familiarizing Fellows with engaging techniques in the classroom and tips for successful implementation.
  • At least 1 consultation with CTE staff prior to implementing new techniques in the classroom (by the end of Fall 2019 semester).
  • Teaching Observations (allow CTE staff and other Fellows to observe your teaching and to observe other fellows' teaching).
  • A final report detailing the technique(s) implemented and changes that may have occurred as a result (by the end of the Spring 2020 semester).
  • A public presentation to UNM campus during Fall 2020.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year ($1500.00 at the end of the Fall 2019 semester-after consultation, $1500.00 at the end of Spring 2019 semester-after final report is submitted) and a $200 stipend for attending the Summer Institute.


To apply, complete the following online form. You will be asked to:

  1. Identify the targeted large enrollment course that you will be teaching in Spring 2020 semester
  2. Provide a brief teaching statement highlighting your commitment to teaching
  3. Provide a statement of support from your Chair (link provided when application is submitted via online form).

Also, please specify if you plan to include a TA in your work and if that TA will attend the Summer Institute.

Deadline for online form and statement of support from Department Chair due on Friday, March 29th at 5pm.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact the Associate Director of The Center for Teaching Excellence, Kimberly Fournier, 505.277.8452.

Funds are available for grants to faculty in support of proposals the primary purpose of which is to enhance teaching effectiveness. Applications are due at the end of the fall semester. Overall quality of proposals should approximate those submitted to national granting agencies. However, avoid jargon and write in language understandable to non-specialists in the field.

It is the intent of the TAG to support NEW and innovative teaching and learning methods and to enhance effective communication of information, ideas or methods of inquiry in an academic environment. Proposals for upgrading existing courses, developing interdisciplinary approaches, or utilizing modern technologies as teaching tools are encouraged.

The Teaching Enhancement Committee is now accepting application proposals for the Teaching Allocation Grant. Please click bellow for detailed application instructions.

Application Instructions