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College of Liberal Arts Office of Undergraduate Programs


Nominations for the Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education award are due November 4, 2016. Dossiers are due December 9, 2016.

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Barbara Schwab
Director of Administration, Scholarships, and Awards

115 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Graduate-Professional Award

Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education

Purpose and Criteria

The Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education is made possible through generous support of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Since the 1998-99 academic year, this honor has been awarded annually to exceptional candidates nominated by their colleges in their quest to identify excellence in postbaccalaureate, graduate, and/or professional education.

For the purpose of this award, graduate and professional students are defined as students pursuing a postbaccalaureate, graduate, or professional program.

In addition to honoring individual faculty members, the award contributes to the improvement of postbaccalaureate, graduate, and professional education at the University by publicizing their work to serve as resources to the whole faculty.

Nominees are evaluated on the basis of a dossier documenting outstanding contributions to postbaccalaureate, graduate, or professional education. The dossier should provide specific evidence of outstanding performance in one or more—not necessarily all—of the categories listed below:

  1. Excellence in instruction
  2. Involvement of students in research, scholarship, and professional development
  3. Development of postbaccalaureate, graduate, and/or professional instructional programs
  4. Advising and mentoring of students

This list should not be considered exhaustive or restrictive as the selection committee will consider any and all outstanding contributions to postbaccalaureate, graduate, and/or professional education described by the materials provided. The magnitude of an outstanding contribution in one area may compensate for little contribution in other areas.

The selection committee considers outstanding contributions ranging from broadly distinguished performance over many years to a single extraordinary contribution. Persons receiving awards are those whose contributions the selection committee considers the most outstanding in a given year and also genuinely outstanding regardless of the year or the competition. The University of Minnesota is a research university, so the dossiers of all nominees should include evidence of their intellectual distinction.


  1. Current (tenured or tenure-track) regular CLA faculty members and term faculty (non-regular) salaried through the University and holding a 66 ⅔% time or greater appointment
  2. At least 5 academic years at the University of Minnesota (including the current academic year)
  3. Previous nominees who did not receive the award may be renominated.
  4. Previous winners are ineligible.
  5. Self-nomination is not allowed.


In the past, up to 8 University of Minnesota faculty members were selected to receive the award with the announcement of award recipients in mid-March.

Recipients receive a $3,000 continuous augmentation to their annual salary during their lifetime as a University of Minnesota faculty member. In addition, each recipient's department is given $1,500 annually for 5 years to be used by the recipient for professional development or research.

Process, Guidelines, and Forms

The CLA Office of Undergraduate Programs contacts the home department of each nominated faculty member and provides guidelines for preparing a complete nomination dossier. The department prepares the nomination dossier for the faculty member.

Once dossiers are submitted, the CLA Instructional Awards Committee reviews the dossiers and makes recommendations to the CLA dean, who may forward up to 5 dossiers to the University Graduate-Professional Award Selection Committee. The committee usually announces its decisions in mid-March.