Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

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.
  2. I have not previously received the Presidential Teaching Fellow.

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.
  2. I have not previously received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award.

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.
  2. I have not previously received the New Teacher of the Year award or the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award.

Online Teacher of the Year

All lecturers, clinician educators, adjunct faculty on a current contract, and tenure-track and tenured faculty who have already taught at least one fully online course are eligible. This award acknowledges excellence in the challenging teaching and learning arena of online education. One recipient may be selected for this monetary award. Nominations can be made by colleagues, students, alumni, or the nominee. $1250.00 award to be paid by non-standard payment form processed by CTE.

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

  1. I am one of the following at The University of New Mexico: lecturer, clinician educator, adjunct faculty on a current contract, or tenure-track or tenured faculty.
  2. I have taught at least one fully online course at The University of New Mexico. Fully online courses do not include web-enhanced, face-to-face, or hybrid courses.
  3. I have not previously won an Online Teacher of the Year award.

Lecturer of the Year

Eligible faculty include any lecturer who has taught a minimum of two semesters 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. A monetary award of $1250.00 will be paid to the recipient of the Lecturer of the Year Award by non-standard payment form processed by CTE.

To be eligible for the Lecturer 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 semesters at UNM.
  3. I have not previously received the Lecturer Award.

Affiliated Teacher of the Year

Eligible instructors include any affiliated faculty (adjunct, part time) who has taught a minimum of one class at UNM. This award recognizes the contributions of UNM’s teaching mission by affiliated faculty. Nominations may be made by colleagues, students or alumni. Faculty may also nominate themselves. A monetary award of $1250.00 will be paid to the recipient of the Affiliated Teacher of the Year Award by non-standard payment form processed by CTE.

To be eligible for the Affiliated Teacher 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 affiliated teacher position at The University of New Mexico (instructor, part-time temporary faculty, visiting professor, adjunct faculty).
  2. I have taught at least one class at UNM.
  3. I have not previously received the Affiliated Teacher 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
  2. I have not previously received the Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

The nomination process for the 2019-2020 Teaching Excellence Awards is now closed and will reopen in the fall semester.


PLEASE take special note that the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award nominations MUST be made by Department Chairs.

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.

Nominations are anonymous. We encourage departments in all UNM colleges and branches to participate in the nomination process. Self-nominations are accepted.

Teaching Awards Ceremony

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

TBD

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

Dept. Linguistics/ Spanish & Portuguese
College Arts and Sciences

Motomi Kajitani

Dept.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)



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 application!

Contact us at cte@unm.edu or (505)-277-2229.

Example Proposal 1

Example Proposal 2

The application process for Teaching Allocation Grants is now closed. Please check back in Fall 2020.

2019-2020 Call for Proposals


Coming Soon...

2019-2020 CTE Teaching Fellows Program

The 2019-2020 CTE 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.


Application for the UNM CTE Teaching Fellows is now closed. Please check back in Fall 2020.

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, 505.277.8726.


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)