Awards Information

The outstanding faculty and staff at the School of Public Health is the reason why we can achieve so much in our mission of education, research, and public engagement. Please consider nominating a faculty or staff colleague, team/work group, or professor for one of the school’s several awards to recognize their commitment and dedication to the School of Public Health.

For a description about the available SPH awards and detailed nomination information, click on the award name below.

 Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes School of Public Health faculty who are particularly outstanding teachers in the art of conveying to their students the stimulation and interest in subject matter which is at the core of teaching functions of all great universities. The recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $3,000.

Eligibility

School faculty on 12-month or 9-month appointments with a record of at least five years teaching in the School of Public Health are eligible. Previous winners are not eligible for a second award.

Nomination Documentation

  • A three-page letter of nomination
  • A letter from the program major chair or Director of Graduate Studies
  • No more than five letters of support
  • The nominee’s complete teaching record
  • The syllabus for only one course

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

The Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award recognizes School of Public Health faculty who have made an outstanding contribution
in special areas of public health education. These may include achievements in skilled teaching of large classes; in continuing
education and other non-traditional educational settings; in interscholastic education of health professional students; or in innovative
applications of learning technology. Recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,500.

Eligibility

School faculty on 12-month or 9-month appointments, or adjunct faculty who have participated in an SPH teaching program annually during the past three years, are eligible. Previous recipients of the award are eligible to be nominated in subsequent years for additional achievements.

Nomination Documentation

  • A letter of nomination of no more than three pages in length by a School of Public Health student, staff, or faculty member. The letter should advocate the case for the award and address how the faculty member’s teaching meets one or more of the evaluation criteria.
  • No more than four letters in support of the nomination, of which at least two must be provided by students who have taken a course from the nominee.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita and teaching record including recent syllabi, summary of teaching evaluations for the last five years, or multimedia material illustrating the teaching achievement for which the candidate is nominated.

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health strives to improve the health and wellbeing of populations at the local, national, and global levels. The School of Public Health therefore seeks to honor faculty who make an exceptional impact on health and wellbeing through their scholarly work, their public engagement with health issues, or their community service. Recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,500.

Eligibility

School of Public Health faculty on either a 9-month, 12-month, or adjunct appointment are eligible. Previous recipients of the award are also eligible to be nominated in subsequent years for additional achievements.

Nomination Documentation

  • A letter of nomination
  • No more than three letters in support
  • The nominee’s curriculum vita and other material illustrating the public health impact for which the candidate is nominated

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

This award was established to recognize annually a member of the Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) staff who has
made distinguished contributions to the missions of the University of Minnesota and the School of Public Health. The recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,500.

Eligibility

Nominees must have at least three years of P&A employment in the School of Public Health at the time of nomination. Nominees cannot hold a joint faculty appointment. Previous winners are not eligible for a second award.

Nomination Documentation

  • A letter of nomination
  • No more than three letters of support
  • Current resume or curriculum vita

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

The School of Public Health Excellence in Advising Award recognizes School of Public Health faculty who are particularly outstanding in their roles as academic, field experience, or project/thesis advisors. The recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $3,000.

Eligibility

School faculty with a record of at least three years advising in the School of Public Health are eligible. Faculty may be on 9-month, 12-month or have adjunct appoints with the School of Public Health. Previous winners are not eligible for a second award.

Nomination Documentation

  • A letter of nomination from a student
  • At least two letters of support
  • The nominee’s complete advising record at the School of Public Health

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

The Judy Peterson Staff Excellence Award was established to recognize a staff member who has made distinguished contributions to the missions of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, as well as their division and/or work group. The recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,500.

Eligibility

Nominees must have at least three years of Civil Service or Labor Represented employment in the School of Public Health at the time of nomination. Previous winners of this award are not eligible for a second award.

Nomination Documentations

  • A letter of nomination
  • No more than three letters of support

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

The Excellence in Peer Mentoring Award was established to recognize a staff member who has demonstrated commitment to the development and advancement of others in both a formal and informal capacity through either a direct, supervisory, or in a peer-based role. The recipient’s achievements will be commemorated with a plaque, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,000.

Eligibility

Nominees must have at least one year of P&A, Civil Service, or Labor Represented employment in the School of Public Health at the time of nomination. Previous winners of this award are not eligible for a second award.

Nomination Documentations

  • A statement of nomination that is no more than two pages.
  • No more than three letters of support from peers, colleagues, supervisors, administrators, students, alumni or other University of Minnesota community members who have firsthand knowledge of the nominee’s experience.

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

The Teamwork Excellence Award was established to recognize an outstanding established team or work group for their sustained track record of excellent contributions to the mission of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health as well as their division and/or work group. The team or work group’s achievements will be commemorated with an award, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,500 to be split between the team or put toward an event of the team’s choice.

Eligibility

This award is available to all Faculty, P&A, Civil Service, and Labor Represented staff within the School of Public Health. Groups who
are previous winners of this award are not eligible for a second award for a period of three years. For the purpose of eligibility, team is
defined by membership at the time of award presentation.

Nomination Documentation

  • A letter of nomination
  • No more than three letters of support

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

The Excellence in Collaboration and Creativity Group Award was established to recognize staff members who have demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of new and creative programs or processes that lead to improvements in their work area while supporting the mission of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The group’s achievements will be commemorated with an award, a permanent display in the school’s administrative offices, and a cash award of $1,500 to be split between the group, or put toward a team event of the recipients’ choice.

Eligibility

This award is open to all Faculty, P&A, Civil Service, and Labor Represented staff in the School of Public Health. Groups who are previous winners of this award are not eligible for a second award for a period of three years.

Nomination Documentation

  • A statement of no more than two pages presenting the creative, collaborative, improvement effort for the specific need
    addressed by this project or solution. The statement should include a brief description of the project, including the duration,
    scope, team composition and roles, and impact, if available.
  • No more than three letters of support from peers, colleagues, supervisors, administrators, students, alumni or other University
    of Minnesota community members who have firsthand knowledge of the nominee’s experience. The letters should provide
    evidence of the qualities described in the above criteria and should detail the areas in which the nominee’s performance has
    been outstanding, and describe specifically how the nominee has demonstrated extraordinary initiative, skill or creativity.

Click here to download detailed nomination information.

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