How to Apply for Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

Application Processes

**The call for nominations is now closed**

The Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee and the Center for Teaching Excellence invite nominations to recognize outstanding educators in the University. All UNM instructors, students, and staff are encouraged to nominate lecturers, instructors, and professors for special award recognition. We encourage nominations from departments in all UNM colleges and branches.

The 2020-2021 Teaching Excellence Awards will recognize the tremendous work and ingenuity instructors have demonstrated in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. In particular, this year’s awards will recognize the ways instructors have accomplished one or more of the following:

  • Skillfully and creatively transitioned their in-person teaching to hybrid or remote modalities,
  • Increased the inclusive nature of their classroom by making their courses more culturally responsive, welcoming, or trauma-informed,
  • Broadened access to learning by adopting more affordable or accessible teaching materials, and/or
  • Engaged in their own professional development in order to achieve any of these aims.

We encourage nominees and applicants from all colleges, branches, and departments. We offer guidance for teaching philosophies, observation, and support letters. We will be making available an online resource for helping applicants and their supporters develop stronger applications. You can also set up a consultation with the Center for Teaching Excellence (cte@unm.edu) to receive feedback and guidance on your materials. Information on this resource will be available for applicants soon.


Nominations are now closed Deadline: Monday, February 22nd by 5 pm

All nominated instructors will be contacted on February 26th with an invitation to apply and application instructions.

If you have any questions, please write to us at cte@unm.edu.


Every year the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee and the Center for Teaching Excellence invite nominations to recognize outstanding educators in the University. All UNM instructors, students, and staff are encouraged to nominate lecturers, instructors and professors for special award recognition.


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. $1000 Increase to base salary paid by the Provost office. Also, $3000 a year from CTE budget. CTE processes this payment via non-standard payment form or JV transfer to recipient index – the distribution is decided upon by the Director of CTE and the recipient’s agreement of what they will do as a PTF.

To be eligible for the Presidential award you must meet the following criteria:

  1. I am a tenured faculty member at The University of New Mexico.

Outstanding Teacher of the Year

All tenured faculty, clinician educators, and professors of practice are eligible. The 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. $1250 award to be paid by non-standard payment form processed by CTE.

To be eligible for the Outstanding Teacher award you must meet the following criteria:

  1. I am a tenured faculty member, a clinician educator, or professor of practice at The University of New Mexico.

New Teacher of the Year

All pre-tenure, tenure-track assistant professors are eligible. The New Teacher of the Year Award recognizes tenure-track educators who are recent additions to the UNM faculty and have not yet achieved tenure. Multiple recipients may be selected for this monetary award. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni. $1250.00 award to be paid by non-standard payment form processed by CTE.

To be eligible for the New Teacher award you must meet the following criteria:

  1. I am a tenure-track, untenured assistant professor at The University of New Mexico.

Lecturer and Affiliated Faculty of the Year

Eligible faculty include any lecturer who has taught a minimum of two semesters at UNM, or any affiliated faculty (instructor, part-time temporary faculty, visiting professor, adjunct faculty) who has taught a minimum of one full class at UNM. This award recognizes the contributions of UNM’s teaching mission by non-tenure track faculty. Nominations may be made by colleagues, students or alumni. Faculty may also nominate themselves. Two monetary awards of $1250.00 each will be paid to the recipients of the Lecturer and Affiliated Faculty of the Year Award by non-standard payment form processed by CTE. Every effort will be made to give one award to a Lecturer and one award to an Affiliated Faculty.

To be eligible for the Lecturer and Affiliate Faculty award you must meet the following criteria

  1. I am a faculty member (not including clinician educator or professor of practice) in a non-tenure eligible lecturer position at The University of New Mexico.
  2. I have taught at least two full semesters at UNM if a Lecturer, and one full class if an Affiliated Faculty.
  3. I have not previously received the Lecturer and Affiliated Faculty Award.

Branch Campus Tenure Track Teacher of the Year

This a new award for which the Teaching Enhancement Committee seeks permanent funding. All tenured or tenure-track educators who teach at a branch campus (Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, or Valencia) are eligible. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, or alumni. $1250.00 award to be paid by non-standard payment form processed by CTE. To be eligible for the Branch Campus Outstanding Teacher award you must meet the following criteria:

To be eligible for the Branch Campus Tenure Track Lecturer of the Year award you must meet the following criteria:

  1. I am a tenured or tenure-track professor at one of UNM’s branch campuses.
  2. I have not previously received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award.

Branch Campus Lecturer of the Year

This a new award for which the Teaching Enhancement Committee seeks permanent funding. Eligible faculty include any lecturer who is teaching full-time at a UNM branch campus (Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, or Valencia). Nominations may be made by colleagues, students or alumni. Lecturers may also nominate themselves. A monetary award of $1250.00 will be paid to the recipient of the Branch Campus Lecturer of the Year Award by non-standard payment form processed by CTE. To be eligible for the Branch Campus Outstanding Teacher award you must meet the following criteria:

  1. I am a full-time lecturer at a UNM branch campus
  2. I have not previously received the Lecturer of the Year award

Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistant

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 ten departmental teaching assistants. Please suggest names of deserving teaching assistants to their department chairperson. $1000.00 award to be paid by scholarship processed by CTE.

To be eligible for the Teaching Assistant award you must meet the following criteria:

  1. I am a graduate student and currently enrolled at The University of New Mexico

Teaching Awards Ceremony

Friday, October 16, 2020 3PM - 5PM
Zoom Link:
https://unm.zoom.us/j/6507021959

Every year the Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of Graduate Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences host a combined ceremony to recognize dedicated UNM educators.

Award winners are chosen for their commitment to excellent teaching, community engagement and their innovative pedagogy.

We invite colleagues, family, friends to attend the ceremony.


Previous Award Winners

2019-2020 Teaching Excellence Award Winners


Presidential Teaching Fellow Winner

Manuel Montoya

Associate Professor of International Management
Anderson School of Management


Outstanding Teachers of the Year

Eva Rodriguez Gonzalez

Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
College of Arts and Sciences

Christine Zuni Cruz

Professor of Law
School of Law


New Teacher of the Year

Maryam Ahranjani

School of Law


Lecturer of the Year

Heather Sweetser

Dept.Foreign Languages and Literatures
College Arts and Science


Affiliated Faculty of the Year

Alaa Quarishi

Dept. Architecture
College: School of Architecture & Planning


Online Teacher of the Year

Marissa Greenberg

Dept. Department of English Language and Literature
College: Arts & Sciences


Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistants of the Year

Josefina Bittar Prieto

Department of Linguistics, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
College Arts and Sciences

Motomi Kajitani

Department of Linguistics, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
College: Arts and Sciences

Jonathan Keller

Dept: Biology
College: Arts and Sciences

Erin Gould

Dept: Art & Art History
College of Fine Arts

Emma Mincks

Dept. Department of English Language and Literature
College: Arts & Sciences


CLICK HERE for a list of all previous recipients.

Amy Gore (Teaching Assistant)

Bethany Davila (Outstanding)

Camille Dwyer (Teaching Assistant)

Cristyn Elder (Outstanding)

Darin Brown (Teaching Assistant)

David Paez (Teaching Assistant)

Debra Nieto (Teaching Assistant)

Julianne Newark (New Lecturer)

Marygold Walsh-Dilley (New Teacher)

Noah Painter (New Teacher)

Shirley Heying (Online Teacher)

Tamar Ginossar (Presidential)


Asal Naseri (New Lecturer)

Benjamin Burnett (Teaching Assistant)

Christopher Butler (Presidential)

Finnie Coleman (Outstanding)

Heather Canavan (Outstanding)

Jami Nunez (New Teacher)

Jason Moore (New Teacher)

Kate Cartwright (New Teacher)

Kellin Rumsey (Teaching Assistant)

Kelly C. Da Silva (Teachin Assistant)

Mary Hershberger (Teaching Assistant)

Peter Lisignoli (New Lecturer)

Regina Puccetti (New Lecturer)

Sarah Worland (Teaching Assistant)


Abdelbaset Haridy (Teaching Assistant)

Brian Goldstein (New Teacher)

Bruno Gagnon (Outstanding)

Christopher Butler (Teacher)

Colin Olson (Lecturer)

Cristyn Elder (New Teacher)

David Schneider (Lecturer)

J. Hugo Garcia Macias (Teaching Assistant)

Jesse Aleman (Presidential)

Jocelyn Gonzales (Rios) (Teaching Assistant)

Maria Velez (Teacher)

Phillip Schoenberg (Teaching Assistant)

Ryan Goodman (Lecturer)

Zoe Speidel (Teaching Assistant)


Allen E. Butt (Lecturer)

Amy L. Brandzel (Teacher)

Ana June (Teacher Assistant)

Andrew S. Taylor (Teacher Assistant)

Bernadine Hernández (New Teacher)

Emma Gale Trentman (New Teacher)

Kathryn McKnight (Teacher)

Kelly Van Andel (Outstanding)

Laura L. Burton (Lecturer)

Lloyd L. Lee (Presidential)

Malik Barrett (Teacher Assistant)

Mel Strong (Lecturer)

Monica Mancillas (Teacher Assistant)

Rachel F. Gift (Teacher Assistant)




**Applications for the 2020-2021 Teaching Allocation Grants are Closed**

The committee will announce award decisions on December 7th. If you have questions, please email us at cte@unm.edu.


The Teaching Enhancement Committee invites proposals for Teaching Allocation Grants. These grants are available to support projects that will enhance teaching effectiveness and support UNM's diverse student population. The committee seeks proposals for realistic, well-planned, and innovative projects that have clearly outlined rationale and desired outcomes.

The TAG Subcommittee aims to support new and innovative teaching and learning methods that support UNM's diverse student population and enhance effective communication of information, ideas or methods of inquiry in an academic environment. We encourage proposals for upgrading existing courses, developing interdisciplinary approaches, or utilizing modern technologies as teaching tools.

Interested in applying but don’t know where to start?
The Center for Teaching Excellence(CTE) is ready to offer support! CTE offers workshops, consultations and online resources to help instructors design or redesign their course. We would be happy to brainstorm ideas to develop your proposal!

You can find examples of previous successful proposals below.

Example Proposal 1

Example Proposal 2


2021-2022 CTE Teaching Fellows Program

More information coming soon...

Information coming soon.


Beth Davila (English)

Caleb Richardson (History)

Dominika Laster (Theatre)

Janis Anderson (Psychology)

Jessamyn Lovell (Art)

Rich Wood (Sociology)

Ryan Goodman (Sociology)


Daniel Wolne (Religious Studies)

Dawn Nordquist (Linguistics)

Erik Erhardt (Statistics)

Justine Andrews (Art History)

Leandra Boucheron (Physics)

Les Field (Anthropology)


Agustin Leon-Moreta (Public Administration)

Derek Martinez (Mathematics and Statistics)

Jacqueline Wuellner (Nursing)

Jan Armstrong (Education)

Jessica Feezell (Political Science)

Jodi Schilz (Physical Therapy)

Patrick Kelley (Computer Science)

Tiffany Bourelle (English)


Aliza Organick (Law School)

Cristyn Elder (English)

David Gutzler (Earth and Planetary Sciences)

Meeko Oishi (Electrical Engineering)

Naomi Shin (Spanish and Portuguese Linguistics)

Patricia Covarrubias (Communication and Journalism)

Sarita Cargas (Honors)

Van Roper (Nursing)