Each year a member of UConn’s Honors faculty is named the Honors Faculty Member of the Year by the Honors Program, in association with the Honors Council. Honors students nominate faculty members who exceeded their expectations.
The Honors Program Faculty Member of the Year Award, established in 2003, recognizes and celebrates a teaching faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the Honors Program and has provided exceptional educational experiences to Honors students. The award recipient will be formally recognized at the Honors Medals Ceremony held at the end of the academic year.
Requirements for Nominations – A nominee must:
- be a full-time faculty or staff member at the University of Connecticut.
- exhibit excellence in working with Honors students in a teaching and/or advising capacity.
- have taught an Honors undergraduate course or conversion in which the nominator was a student or served as an Honors advisor or thesis advisor to the nominator.
- The recipient must agree to appear in person at the Honors Medals Ceremony.
- Only a current Honors student may nominate.
(Teaching assistants and graduate assistants are not eligible)
- Nominations for the 2022 Honors Faculty Member of the Year Award are closed.
- Nominations are reviewed by the selection committee, comprised of members of Honors Program faculty and students from the Honors Council.
- Nominees will be notified of their nomination around late March/early April.
- The Honors Program will contact each nominee for confirmation of availability to attend the Honors Medals Ceremony.
- Available nominees shall submit a current curriculum vitae and description of their involvement with the Honors Program.
- Eligible nominees will continue in the process for consideration by the award committee.
- More than one candidate may receive the award in a given year.
- Awardee(s) will submit a biography and photograph (high resolution/black & white) of themself for use by the University. The biography and image will be included in the event program and posted on the Honors website.
- The awardee(s) agree(s) to attend the Medals Ceremony held the weekend prior to Commencement. They are encouraged to invite faculty, family, and friends. They will wear regalia and accept their medal on stage.
- The awardee(s) will be asked to give a “Last Lecture” presentation to the Honors community in the following academic year
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Past Recipients of the Honors Faculty Member of the Year Award
2021-2022: Dr. Alexia Smith (Anthropology)
2020-2021: Dr. Jason Courtmanche (English)
2019-2020: Dr. Judy Brown (Allied Health Sciences and Nursing)
2018-2019: Dr. Jennifer Sterling-Folker (Political Science)
2017-2018: Dr. Brian Aneskievich (Pharmaceutical Sciences) & Dr. Kimberly Bergendahl (Political Science)
2016-2017: Dr. Blair T. Johnson (Psychological Sciences)
2015-2016: Dr. Alaina Brenick (Human Development and Family Studies)
2014-2015: Dr. Mark Boyer (Political Science)
2013-2014: Dr. Patrick Dragon (Mathematics)
2013-2014: Dr. Annamaria Csizmadia (Human Development and Family Studies)
2012-2013: Dr. Patricia J. Neafsey (Nursing)
2012-2013: Ms. Rebecca Flanagan (Pre-Law)
2011-2012: Dr. Virginia Hettinger (Political Science)
2010-2011: Dr. William F. Bailey (Chemistry)
2009-2010: Dr. Lawrence Gramling (Accounting)
2009-2010: Dr. Robert Thorson (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Anthropology)
2008-2009: Dr. Robert Gross (James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History)
2007-2008: Dr. Steven Wisensale (Human Development and Family Studies)
2006-2007: Mr. Louis Lombardi (Actuarial Science)
2005-2006: Dr. Lawrence Hightower (Molecular and Cell Biology)
2004-2005: Dr. Robin Chazdon (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
2003-2004: Dr. Harry A. Frank (Chemistry)