H&S Faculty Awards and Honors

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Information and Nomination/Application Procedures

The title of Regents' Professor is awarded to a very select group of full-time faculty with an outstanding record of commitment to the University; who have demonstrated true excellence in all three areas of University expectation: instruction, scholarship, and service; and who have demonstrated distinctive impact through their work as a faculty member.

The Helen and Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award was established to encourage and reward junior faculty members in the area of teaching. Criteria for evaluation include superior teaching, student advising and mentoring; accessibility to students beyond normal office hours; scholarly and professional activity; and campus/community service.

Deadline:  March 15

Submit: H&S Faculty Award Nomination System

Cover sheet: Cox Award Nomination Form

Nominee must be a full-time, tenure line (but not yet tenured), junior faculty member in any department or program in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Selection Criteria

In descending order of importance: Superior teaching, student advising and mentoring (especially at the undergraduate level); accessibility to students beyond normal office hours; scholarly and professional activity; campus/community service. Though emphasis will be placed on excellence in teaching, accomplishment in the other areas must be evident.

Procedure

All faculty members are encouraged to bring the names of deserving assistant professors to the attention of the department chair.  Chairs and program directors should then nominate faculty who they believe are most strongly qualified for the award.

The nomination package is to be submitted by the H&S Chair/Program Director electronically through the H&S Faculty Award Nomination System

Deadline: March 15 

Incomplete or late packets will not be considered.

The Award was established to recognize faculty members for their excellence in teaching at all levels of the curriculum. Criteria for evaluation include superior teaching at both the upper (300+) and lower (100-200) levels of the curriculum, student advising and mentoring, and accessibility to students beyond normal office hours. This award is presented by the H&S Advisory Board.

Deadline:  March 15

Submit: H&S Faculty Award Nomination System

Cover sheet: William Reynolds Award Nomination Form

Nominee must be a full-time, tenure line faculty member in any department or program in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Selection Criteria

In descending order of importance: Superior teaching at both the upper (300+) and lower (100-200) levels of the curriculum, student advising and mentoring (especially at the undergraduate level), and accessibility to students beyond normal office hours. Though emphasis will be placed on excellence in teaching broadly, accomplishment in the other areas must be evident.

Procedure

All faculty members are encouraged to bring the names of full-time tenure-line professors to the attention of the department chair.  Chairs and program directors should then nominate faculty who they believe are most strongly qualified for the award.

The nomination package is to be submitted by the H&S Chair/Program Director electronically through the H&S Faculty Award Nomination System

Deadline: March 15 

Incomplete or late packets will not be considered.

The Baldridge Book Subvention Fund supports the publishing of scholarly books by H&S faculty in the areas of African American Studies, Economics, English, History, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Modern and Classical Languages & Literatures, Native American Studies, Philosophy and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. This fund is meant to support costs that an author may be obligated to pay to a publisher in order to accomplish production. Examples of such costs include photograph reproductions, translations and indexing.

Application Form

The Toelle-Bekken Family Memorial Fund was established to honor the memories of J. Howard Toelle, a long-time faculty member in UM’s School of Law (1926-1956), and his daughter Charlotte Toelle Bakken, who graduated from UM in 1944 with a degree in Botany and Spanish from the University of Montana. Both were deeply committed to the value of education and to the value of an energetic and inquisitive faculty. Faculty development opportunities were of special interest to them based on lifelong association with academic pursuits. The fund provides support for projects that demonstrate and advance novel and/or innovative ideas in teaching, research, and community service.

Deadline: March 1 annually. (If this date falls on a weekend or a University holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.)

Submit: hs@mso.umt.edu

Amount of Awards

Maximum of $2500 per award.

Selection Criteria

  • Proposals must address how the project will advance novel and/or innovative ideas in teaching, research, or community service.
  • Faculty proposals: Priority will be given to projects that can be accomplished in a year or less and which have the potential to have lasting impacts (E.g. The project may lead to external funding, transform education or result in patents, exhibitions, awards or publications.)
  • Student proposals: Priority will be given to projects that can be accomplished in a year or less and are original, creative ideas of the student.

Eligibility

Students and faculty in the following areas who will be enrolled/employed at UM for the following academic year are eligible to apply:

  • Division of Biological Sciences,
  • Department of Anthropology,
  • Department of Chemistry,
  • Department of Geosciences, and
  • Alexander Blewett III School of Law.

Applicants who have successfully received a Toelle-Bekken award may only submit a subsequent proposal once in any five-year period.

Proposal Submission

The entire proposal package must be submitted in PDF format (can be multiple PDF files, though a single PDF file is preferred). All materials must be submitted to  hs@mso.umt.edu before the deadline to be considered.

Late proposals will not be accepted.

Proposal Requirements

The proposal package must include the following:

  1. Basic Information
    • Name and contact information of applicant.
    • Title of proposal.
    • A 2-3 sentence abstract.
  2. Scope of work (1-page maximum)
    • Clearly define the objectives or purpose of proposal.
    • Describe or outline how the objectives will be carried out within the given time frame.
    • Justify and explain methodology.
    • Explain proposal’s significance to area of study.
    • Discuss innovative elements of the proposal and how they will impact teaching, research, and/or community service efforts.
  3. Expertise and Relevant Accomplishments (1-page maximum)
    • List publications, performances, exhibitions, awards etc.
  4. Proposal budget and budget narrative (1-page maximum)
    • Allowable budget items include salary, travel, materials and supplies.
    • The budget narrative should explain why each of the requested items is necessary to accomplish the proposed project.
  5. Optional: Letter of support (recommended for students and junior faculty only)

Selection and Award Process

  • Proposals will be reviewed by a committee composed of one faculty member from each of the following units:  Division of Biological Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Department of Chemistry, Department of Geosciences and the Alexander Blewett III School of Law.
  • Proposals should be written for a general audience.
  • Successful proposals will be announced before the end of March.
  • Funds must be spent before March 1 of the following year.

Nominations are not being accepted for this award in 2018.

Supported by the David B. Friend Memorial Fund, this award was established to recognize excellence in teaching by non-tenure-track faculty members teaching our introductory courses. Nominee must be at least a .5 FTE non-tenure-track faculty member in any department or program in the College of Humanities and SciencesCriteria for evaluation in descending order of importance are: Superior teaching at the fundamental (100-200) levels of the curriculum, student advising and mentoring (especially at the undergraduate level); accessibility to students beyond normal office hours. Though emphasis will be placed on excellence in teaching broadly, accomplishment in the other areas is a plus.

This award is offered in odd-numbered years.

H&S Faculty Awards and Honors Recipients

The title of Regents' Professor is awarded to a very select group of full-time faculty with an outstanding record of commitment to the University; who have demonstrated true excellence in all three areas of University expectation: instruction, scholarship, and service; and who have demonstrated distinctive impact through their work as a faculty member.

Professor Year Department Research Area
Anya Jabour 2016 History U.S. women's history
Ragan M. Callaway 2014 DBS Ecology
Fred Allendorf (Emeritus) 2004 DBS Population genetics and conservation
William W. Woessner (Emeritus) 2004 Geosciences Basic and applied hydrogeology
Albert Borgmann (Emeritus) 1996 Philosophy Philosophy of society and culture with particular emphasis on technology
Paul Lauren (Emeritus) 1991 History Diplomacy, international relations, and Human rights

The Helen and Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award was established to encourage and reward junior faculty members in the area of teaching. Criteria for evaluation include superior teaching, student advising and mentoring; accessibility to students beyond normal office hours; scholarly and professional activity; and campus/community service.

Cox Award Recipients

Recipient Year Department
Sara Rinfret 2017 Political Science
Matt Roscoe 2017 Mathematical Sciences
Cory Palmer 2016 Mathematical Sciences
Meradeth Snow 2016 Anthropology
Kyle Volk 2014 History
Daisy Rooks 2013 Sociology
Tobin Shearer 2013 History

More Cox Award Recipients

The Award was established to recognize faculty members for their excellence in teaching at all levels of the curriculum. Criteria for evaluation include superior teaching at both the upper (300+) and lower (100-200) levels of the curriculum, student advising and mentoring, and accessibility to students beyond normal office hours. This award is presented by the H&S Advisory Board.

William Reynolds Award Recipients

Recipient Year Department
Kathy Kuipers 2017 Sociology
David Shively 2016 Geography
Stephen Yoshimura 2015 Communication Studies
Erick Greene 2014 Divison of Biological Sciences
Nate McCrady 2013 Physics & Astronomy

Supported by the David B. Friend Memorial Fund, this award was established to recognize excellence in teaching by non-tenure-track faculty members teaching our introductory courses. Nominee must be at least a .5 FTE non-tenure-track faculty member in any department or program in the College of Humanities and SciencesCriteria for evaluation in descending order of importance are: Superior teaching at the fundamental (100-200) levels of the curriculum, student advising and mentoring (especially at the undergraduate level); accessibility to students beyond normal office hours. Though emphasis will be placed on excellence in teaching broadly, accomplishment in the other areas is a plus.

David B. Friend Memorial Award Recipients

Recipient Year Department
Kevin McManigal 2017 Geography
Michael Cassens 2016 Computer Science
Lauren Fern 2015 Mathematical Sciences
Diane Friend 2015 Physics & Astronomy

The Baldridge Book Subvention Fund supports the publishing of scholarly books by H&S faculty in the areas of African American Studies, Economics, English, History, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Modern and Classical Languages & Literatures, Native American Studies, Philosophy and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. This fund is meant to support costs that an author may be obligated to pay to a publisher in order to accomplish production. Examples of such costs include photograph reproductions, translations and indexing.

Application Form

The Toelle- Bekken Family Memorial Fund was established to honor the memories of J. Howard Toelle, a long-time faculty member in UM’s School of Law (1926-1956), and his daughter Charlotte Toelle Bakken, who graduated from UM in 1944 with a degree in Botany and Spanish from the University of Montana. Both were deeply committed to the value of education and to the value of an energetic and inquisitive faculty. Faculty development opportunities were of special interest to them based on lifelong association with academic pursuits. The fund provides support for projects that demonstrate and advance novel and/or innovative ideas in teaching, research, and community service.