Two University-wide annual award programs recognize teachers' commitment to quality education. Recipients of the Morse-Alumni awards and the Graduate and Professional Teaching awards are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and carry the designation of Distinguished University Teaching Professor (faculty) or Distinguished University Teacher (P&A) throughout their careers at the University of Minnesota.
Candidates for the awards are nominated by their colleges. These awards are made possible through the generous support of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education
Each year since 1965, the Horace T. Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education has been given to a select group of teachers who reflect the University's emphasis on the importance of high quality undergraduate education.
Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education
The Graduate and Professional awards were established in 1999 to recognize contributions to graduate and professional education. Recipients are chosen for excellence in instruction; involvement in students’ research, scholarship, and professional development; development of instructional programs; and advising and mentoring of students.