CNS Faculty Awards and Guidelines

The University of Texas at Austin and the College of Natural Sciences recognize excellence in teaching through a number of University-wide and College-wide awards.

Each year the College solicits nominations from departments for the following awards:

University-Wide Teaching Awards

  • Minnie Stevens Piper Professorship
  • President's Associates Teaching Excellence Awards
  • Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards
  • Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Excellence Award (every three years)
  • William David Blunk Memorial Professorship
  • Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships
  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers Award


Nomination Policy

The faculty candidate’s home department submits strong candidates for nominations. A faculty member must have a continuing appointment at the University of Texas at Austin in the year subsequent to their selection. The Teaching Awards Committee will select nominees at their discretion for the most competitive award.