CAHNR Excellence Awards

Every year the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and the College Alumni Board recognize the accomplishments of our distinguished alumni, faculty, staff and supporters.

2022 NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN

Don’t miss this opportunity to highlight the great work you and your colleagues are doing in CAHNR!

The criteria, nomination procedures, nature of the awards, are listed below.  Send your nominations in no later than Friday November 19, 2021 according to the guidance below.

The Augustus and Charles Storrs Award

Purpose: To recognize leadership, professional contributions, and support for the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources in its service to the state, region and nation.

Submit: A letter of nomination not to exceed three pages defining how the individual’s contributions address the purpose established for the award. Nominations will be actively considered for a five-year period. Selection shall be made by the Dean in consultation with the CAHNR Excellence Committee and members of the Executive Council, as appropriate.

CAHNR Excellence in Research Award

The University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Excellence in Research Award is designed to recognize UConn CAHNR faculty members and/or staff, demonstrating a superior commitment to an on-going research program.

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Must be a UConn faculty.
  2. Must be engaged in and show evidence of an on-going outstanding and creative research program.

Nomination/Application Process:

Persons interested in being nominated for this award should make their interest known to faculty who can write letters of nomination and support.

Each department may nominate multiple candidates for the Excellence in Research Award.

Previous awardees may be nominated again after 5 years

Nomination packets and letters of support must be submitted in electronic form using pdf format in one file. Required documents are listed below. The pdf file name format is ResearchExcellence_NomineeName.

 

Please use the following checklist as a Table of Contents for the Nomination Packet

  • Nomination Form
  • A non-technical statement from the candidate (3 pages maximum) including
    1. overview of the research program over the past ten years;
    2. philosophy and vision regarding research;
    3. application of research philosophy; and
    4. research innovations over the past ten years.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae within a 5-page limit to include:
    1. the names, level, and date graduated (or anticipated) for all graduate students;
    2. type and amount of grants or contracts received in the past 10 years (descending order)
    3. peer reviewed publications in the past 10 years, and
    4. awards for research papers presented.

 

Selection Criteria:

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of demonstrated excellence and lasting impact in the following areas:

  • Evidence of innovation in developing research collaborations and partnerships;
  • Evidence of excellence in research focusing on priority issues tied to the College Academic Plan or the input of stakeholders;
  • Evidence of continual interest in the improvement of research program;
  • Creativity or innovation pertaining to research methods;
  • Evidence of meaningful impact on a community, our state, region or beyond;
  • Evidence of going above and beyond the expected duties of the position.

 

Selection Process:

The CAHNR Excellence Committee will review all nominee materials and select an award candidate based on evaluations of the selection criteria, as outlined above. Members of the Excellence Committee who nominate a candidate for an award or write a letter of recommendation will not be assigned to evaluate that nomination category during preliminary screening. The nominating member may not participate in discussions during the all-committee meeting and will refrain from voting for that award.

 

Awardee(s) will be notified and recognized at the Spring Honors and Awards Excellence ceremony. Award Funds will be deposited into a university account for the awardee(s)’ use on/before October 1 of the year of the award.

 

 

CAHNR Excellence in Engagement/Outreach Award

The University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources request nominations for the CAHNR Excellence in Engagement Award. This award is designed to recognize UConn CAHNR faculty members and/or staff, demonstrating a superior commitment to an on-going outreach/engagement program.

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Must be a UConn faculty or staff;
  2. Must be engaged in and show evidence of an on-going outstanding and creative outreach/engagement program.

Nomination/Application Process:

Persons interested in being nominated for this award should make their interest known to faculty or staff who can write letters of nomination and support.

 

Each department may nominate multiple candidates for the Excellence in Engagement Award.

 

Previous awardees may be nominated again after 5 years

 

Nomination packets and letters of support must be submitted in the order listed below as an electronic form as a single pdf titled “ExcellenceEngagementOutreach_NomineeName”.

 

Please use the following checklist as a Table of Contents in the Nomination Packet

  1. Nomination Form
  2. No more than two (2) additional letters in support (may be a team nomination) from persons with an intimate knowledge of the nominee’s outreach/engagement program.
  3. A non-technical statement from the candidate (3 pages maximum) including
    1. overview of the extension program over the past five years;
    2. philosophy and vision regarding engagement;
    3. application of engagement philosophy; and
    4. program innovations over the past five years;
    5. Optional, but recommended: a succinct portfolio of extension program materials, impacts, and evaluation documents or preferably a one-page document with brief descriptions and hyperlinks to the supporting exemplars (a link to a program website is not sufficient).
  1. The nominee’s curriculum vitae within a 5-page limit to include grants, publications, and service to the department, college, university, and beyond over the past 5 years; and any prior awards for outreach/engagement.

 

Selection Criteria:

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of demonstrated excellence and lasting impact in the following areas:

  • Outstanding contributions in developing extension collaborations and partnerships that lead to measurable outcomes;
  • The ability to motivate and stimulate participants through outreach or engagement activities;
  • Creativity or innovation regarding outreach/engagement methods or techniques for disseminating information;
  • Meaningful impact on a community, our state, region, or beyond; or
  • Going above and beyond the expected duties of the position for outreach/engagement.

Selection Process:

The CAHNR Excellence Committee will review all nominee materials and select an award candidate based on evaluations of the selection criteria, as outlined above. Members of the Excellence Committee who nominate a candidate for an award or write a letter of recommendation will not be assigned to evaluate that nomination category during preliminary screening. The nominating member may not participate in discussions during the all-committee meeting and will refrain from voting for that award.

 

Awardee(s) will be notified and recognized at the Spring Honors and Awards Excellence ceremony. Award Funds will be deposited into a university account for the awardee(s)’ use on/before October 1 of the year of the award.

Kinsman CAHNR Excellence in Teaching Award

The University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Kinsman CAHNR Excellence in Teaching Award is designed to recognize superior teaching by early-career UConn CAHNR faculty members.

Nomination Requirements

All current UConn faculty who hold a teaching appointment in CAHNR and have fewer than 5 years of teaching experience in a tenure-track, adjunct, in-residence, or instructor position at any tertiary education institution are eligible for the Kinsman CAHNR Excellence in Teaching Award. Years of service in research and/or extension positions that did not include a teaching component do not count toward eligibility. Years of service in a post-doctoral position that included teaching responsibilities, but were not the primary job duty, do not count toward eligibility.

Each department may nominate at most two candidates for the Kinsman CAHNR Excellence in Teaching Award.

Nomination/Application Process

Persons interested in being nominated for this award should make their interest known to faculty who can write letters of nomination and support.

Nomination packets and letters of support must be submitted in the order listed below as an electronic form as a single pdf titled “KinsmanTeaching_NomineeName”.

Please use the following checklist as a Table of Contents in the Nomination Packet

  • Nomination Form
  • A completed nomination form from a current employee of UConn. This includes any member of the faculty, staff, or administration. A single nomination form signed by multiple individuals (a team nomination) is also permissible. The nomination form must clearly state the category of nomination (Kinsman CAHNR Excellence in Teaching Award) and the discipline of the nominee’s teaching program. It is recommended that nomination form are dated in the academic year for which the nominee is being considered.
  • At least three letters of support from current or former students that address the nomination form questions.  Additional letters of support addressing the selection criteria are optional, but strongly encouraged. Student letters of support must be dated within two academic years of the one for which the nominee is being considered, e.g., letters of support for the 2020-2021 Kinsman CAHNR Excellence in Teaching Award must be dated no later than August 2018.
  • A non-technical statement from the nominee (3- pages maximum) that provides an overview of their teaching program, describes their teaching philosophy, and addresses the selection criteria listed below.
  • A curriculum vitae that includes current appointment at UConn, educational and employment history, and the following information for the preceding five years: courses taught; graduate students supervised (with post-degree placement, if available); peer-reviewed publications; sources and amount of extramural funding; service to the department, college, university, and community; and awards or distinctions earned. Curriculum vitae must be limited to five pages or fewer.
  • OIR teaching evaluations for all courses taught only in the preceding four semesters. The nominee is encouraged to refer to these evaluations in their application statement to provide additional context. Student comments should not be included.
  • A learning module portfolio for one class/laboratory including class goal, learning objectives, class activities, examination questions and assignments linked to one class to illustrate how the nominee meets the selection criteria of the award and are referenced in the non-technical statement (see above) is optional, but encouraged.  Nominees are encouraged to submit succinct supporting exemplars or to provide a one-page document with brief descriptions and hyperlinks to the supporting exemplars (a link to a nominees website is not sufficient).

Selection Criteria:

Eligible candidates for the Kinsman CAHNR Excellence in Teaching Award will be evaluated on the basis of excellence and lasting impact in teaching. Award applications should therefore address the nominee’s demonstration of the following:

  1. Outstanding contributions to the teaching program offered by the university, college, and department;
  2. Ability to motivate and stimulate student learning through their teaching and advising activities;
  3. Development and use of new course materials, technological innovations, and pedagogical approaches that measurably improve student learning outcomes;
  4. Partnerships with other faculty, staff, and/or professionals that enhance the value of their teaching and/or advising program;
  5. Collaboration with undergraduate and/or graduate students on research projects, including the presentation of results at conferences, publication of peer-reviewed articles, and acquisition of extra-mural funding;
  6. Successful placement of former students in graduate programs, fellowships, and/or professional positions.

Selection and Notification Process

The CAHNR Excellence Committee will review all nominee materials and select an award candidate based on evaluations of the selection criteria, as outlined above. Members of the Excellence Committee who nominate a candidate for an award or write a letter of recommendation will not be assigned to evaluate that nomination category during preliminary screening. The nominating member may not participate in discussions during the all-committee meeting and will refrain from voting for that award.

Awardee(s) will be notified and recognized at the Spring Honors and Awards Excellence ceremony.

Award Funds will be deposited into a university account for the awardee(s)’ use on/before October 1 of the year of the award.

 

CAHNR Excellence in Engagement/Outreach Award

Cooperative Extension Awards and Guidelines

Epsilon Sigma Phi Fund Extension Awards

Eligibility: Cooperative Extension staff and faculty who meet the criteria established for the awards.

Purpose: To recognize outstanding Cooperative Extension faculty and staff and provide support for programmatic enhancements for the honoree. Honorees shall be selected for the following awards based on the criteria established for each award.

  • The Arland R. Meade Communications Award will recognize an Extension faculty or staff member who has helped improve communications within or for Cooperative Extension.
  • The Doris Lane Award shall be an outstanding Cooperative Extension member who has been employed for at least two years.
  • The Alpha Chi Chapter honoree shall be a Cooperative Extension member who has pursued a program of personal professional improvement.
  • The Mary “Lib” Jacobsen Award will recognize an individual who has pursued coursework or workshops in Nutrition.

Submit: A letter of nomination not to exceed three pages. The letter should designate the specific award that applies.

Selection Process:

The CAHNR Excellence Committee will review all nominee materials and select an award candidate based on evaluations of the selection criteria. Members of the Excellence Committee who nominate a candidate for an award or write a letter of recommendation will not be assigned to evaluate that nomination category during preliminary screening. The nominating member may not participate in discussions during the all-committee meeting and will refrain from voting for that award.

Awardee(s) will be notified and recognized at the CAHNR Awards and Honors Event in the spring.

 

 

NEW! Spirit of the Land Grant Award

Description:  

  • The CAHNR Spirit of the Land Grant Award recognizes faculty that embraces the Land Grant Mission in our college. This award will be given to a CAHNR faculty member who integrates research, teaching, and extension in their program.   

The Land Grant Mission 

  • The Morrill Act of 1862 was created to establish state institutions to educate people in agriculture and mechanics arts without excluding scientific and classic studies. Since then, Land Grant Universities have received incentives from the federal government to generate and pass along new information in food and agriculture, economic development, among others, as stated in the hatch Act of 1887 and the Smith-Lever Act 1914, for instance.  

The College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources has its roots in serving the public with the most updated scientific information. Additionally, the outreach and research is combined with formal teaching. The spirit of the Land Grant Award aims to honor faculty that reinforces our mission of integrating education, research, and outreach, going above and beyond their formal appointment.    

Eligibility 

  • Faculty or Staff in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural

Resources.  

Nomination 

  • Nominations should be submitted by a CAHNR employee.
  • Nominations will not be acceptedfor groups. 
  • Nominations packets should follow the guidelines and include all required

documents.  

Nomination required documents: 

  • A nomination cover letter should be no longer than one page. 
  • The cover letter should mention, in a non-technical way, why the candidate is suitable for the award based on the award criteria.
  • A content section, no more than three pages that should be divided into the following topics:
    • Summary 
      • Description of the candidate's career and its highlights on teaching, research, and extension.  
    • Evidence of Research Innovation
      • The candidate should demonstrate how the research program is successful by publications, grants, patents, among others
    • Evidence of Education Success 
      • The candidate should show evidence of teaching and learning success in educational activities for K12, undergraduate and graduate students, and/or professionals. Surveys, student evaluation of teaching and/or other evidence of teaching success should be used. 
    • Extension and Outreach 
      • A description of the candidate's participation in extension or outreach programs and their impacts should be stated in this section. Focus on the involvement of the candidate should be a priority instead of a detailed program description.
    • Integration and the Land Grand Mission 
      • In this section, the candidate should demonstrate how their career aligns with the Land Grant Mission, especially showing the integration of teaching, research, and education.

 

  • Only the first page of the nomination cover letter and the first three pages of the nomination section will be evaluated in case they exceed the maximum length. 
  • Up to three letters of support
  • The Excellence Committee recommends that at least one letter of support comes from an external source (i.e., not from UConn).
  • If more than three letters of support are submitted, only the first three will be used, and the subsequent ones will be ignored.
  • Candidate's Curriculum Vitae should contain the following sections:
    • Education
    • Appointments 
    • Memberships
    • Service
    • Funded Grants
    • Awards
    • Publications 

NEW! Justice, Equity, Anti-Racism and Inclusion Award

Nomination Requirements: 

  1. All current UConn staff, faculty or students in CAHNR. Three awards

will be given: student, faculty and staff.

  1. Must be engaged in and show evidence of impactful change in the

realms of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion  

 

Nomination/Application Process: 

Persons interested in being nominated for this award should make their interest known to those who can write letters of nomination and support.    

 

Nomination packets and letters of support must be submitted in electronic form using pdf format in one file. Required documents are listed below. The pdf file name format is Justice_NomineeName.  

 

Please use the following checklist as a Table of Contents for the Nomination Packet  

  • A letter of nomination dated in the academic year for which the nominee is being considered from a colleague or peer demonstrating how the nominee meets the criteria 
  • No more than two (2) additional letters in support from persons with an intimate knowledge of ways the meets the award criteria
  • A non-technical statement from the candidate (3 pages maximum) including background, philosophy and vision related to antiracism and justice in CAHNR, overview of activities demonstrating a commitment to Justice, Equity, Anti-racism and Inclusion of underserved minorities and minoritized communities within or served by the work and programs of CAHNR.
  • Demonstrable impacts or changes made as a result of the candidate activities

 

Review process:   CAHNR WGSR will review of nominations make recommendations made to Excellence Committee  

Reference Materials (these should be uploaded to a public place as educational resources):

  • For reference please view the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Presentation “Move Toward Being an Antiracist and Justice Oriented University” 
  • View the mission, values, and areas of focus of the Working Group on Structural Racism 

Selection Criteria:    

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of demonstrated impact in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Evidence of innovation in developing research collaborations and partnerships that promotes JEDI; 
  • Evidence of excellence in research focusing on priority issues tied to the College Academic Plan or the input of stakeholders; 
  • Evidence of increasing activity and development of an emerging research program; 
  • Creativity or innovation pertaining to research methods; 
  • Evidence of going above and beyond the expected duties of the position. 
  • Identifying barriers to justice, inclusion and equity in policies of practice
  • Creating a welcoming environment within the College
  • Furthering efforts to discuss, understand and address elements of structural racism and exclusion from participating in CAHNR teaching, outreach and research
  • Promoting justice, equity and inclusion in our Communities
  • Advance the mission, values and work of the SGSR

 

Selection Process:   

The CAHNR Excellence Committee will review all nominee materials and select an award candidate based on evaluations of the selection criteria and recommendations of WGSR.  Members of the Excellence Committee who nominate a candidate for an award or write a letter of recommendation will not be assigned to evaluate that nomination category during preliminary screening.  The nominating member may not participate in discussions during the all-committee meeting and will refrain from voting for that award.    

 

Awardee(s) will be notified and recognized at the CAHNR Honors and Awards ceremony.  Award Funds will be deposited into a university account for the awardee(s)’ use on/before October 1 of the year of the award.  

CAHNR Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award

CAHNR Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award

(M.S. and Ph.D. Categories)

The University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award is designed to recognize the superior scholarship of UConn CAHNR graduate students. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of demonstrated excellence and lasting impact in the following areas:

  • Outstanding contributions to research/creative activity
  • Future promise as a researcher
  • Originality; imagination
  • Satisfactory progress toward a degree
  • Research mentoring to peers and/or undergraduates

Nomination Requirements:

  1. Must be a current UConn M.S or Ph.D. degree-seeking graduate student or professional student in good academic standing at time of nomination;
  2. Must show evidence of outstanding scholarly/creative productivity as a graduate student or professional student;
  3. Must show evidence of national visibility in research/creative activity (e.g., publications, presentations, juried exhibits of performance). Visibility could also include evidence of recognition and honors in endeavors related to the research and/or creative activities.
  4. Each department may nominate only ONE M.S. and only ONE Ph.D. candidate for the Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award. Therefore, departments that have multiple nominations must select a single nominee to forward to the CAHNR Excellence Committee.

 

Nomination/Application Process:

Students interested in applying for this award should make their interest known to faculty who can write letters of nomination and support. Additionally, faculty are asked to identify and encourage students to prepare application materials that will be submitted.

Students may not self-nominate.

Nomination packets and letters of support must be submitted in the order listed below as an electronic form as a single pdf titled “GradStudentResearchCreativity_NomineeName”.

 

Please use the following checklist as a Table of Contents in the Nomination Packet

The nomination should be completed by a single nominator, which could be either an individual  or a group of faculty. Nomination form, a Curriculum vitae, and the student application letter are the only materials that will be reviewed.

  1. Nomination Form. It is recommended that nomination forms are dated in the academic year for which the nominee is being considered.
  2. A clear, complete, and non-technical description (one page written by the nominee) of the program of research or creative activities accomplished as a graduate/professional student at UConn.
  3. The nominee’s 5-page limit curriculum vitae including grants, awards, publications, performances, exhibitions (e.g. dates, locations, page numbers, co-authorship, publication status). Indicate with an asterisk (or by some other means) those publications, exhibitions or presentations that were selected through a formal independent referee or competitive process.

Selection Process

The CAHNR Excellence Committee will review all nominee materials and select an award candidate based on evaluations of the selection criteria, as outlined above. Members of the Excellence Committee who nominate a candidate for an award or write a letter of recommendation will not be assigned to evaluate that nomination category during preliminary screening. The nominating member may not participate in discussions during the all-committee meeting and will refrain from voting for that award.

Awardee(s) will be recognized at the Spring Honors and Awards Excellence ceremony.

CAHNR Graduate Student Teaching Award

The University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award is designed to recognize the superior teaching ability of UConn CAHNR graduate students.

Nomination Requirements
Current graduate students with assigned teaching responsibilities at time of nomination will be evaluated on the basis of demonstrated teaching excellence and lasting impact in the following areas:
• Successful classroom performance
• Enthusiasm and commitment
• Satisfactory progress toward a degree
• Mentoring to peers and/or undergraduates

Nomination/Application Process
Students may not self-nominate.
A department may nominate ONE graduate student for the CAHNR Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.
Nomination packets and letters of support must be submitted in the order listed below as an electronic form as a single pdf titled “GradStudentTeaching_NomineeName”.

Please use the following checklist as a Table of Contents in the Nomination Packet
1. Nomination Form.  It is recommended that nomination form is dated in the academic year for which the nominee is being considered.
2. Minimum of two letters of evaluation required (three maximum) from faculty, graduate student, colleagues and/or undergraduate students. At least one letter must be from an undergraduate student.
3. Candidate's resume or curriculum vitae within a 5-page limit.

Selection Process
The CAHNR Excellence Committee will review all nominee materials and select an award candidate based on evaluations of the selection criteria, as outlined above. Members of the Excellence Committee who nominate a candidate for an award or write a letter of recommendation will not be assigned to evaluate that nomination category during preliminary screening. The nominating member may not participate in discussions during the all-committee meeting and will refrain from voting for that award.
Awardee(s) will be recognized at the Spring Honors and Awards Excellence ceremony.

CAHNR and the College Alumni (UCAHNRA) Outstanding Staff Award

The University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and the College Alumni Board request nominations to recognize exceptional staff.

Nomination Requirements

  1. Staff members with a minimum of three years of service within the College
  2. Nominees must provide exceptional support and assistance to faculty, students or other staff in the College
  3. Nominees must work well with students, faculty, co-workers, stakeholders and the public
  4. Nominees must strive for professional improvement

Nomination/Application Process

  1. Persons interested in being nominated for this award should make their interest known to faculty or staff who can write letters of nomination and support
  2. Nomination packets and letters of support must be submitted in the order listed below as an electronic form as a single pdf titled CAHNR Staff _NomineeName
  3. Each department may nominate multiple candidates
  4. Previous awardees may be nominated again after 5 years

Required Documents for the Nomination packet:

  1. A letter of nomination from the Dean or Department Head to include the name of the award and specific examples of how the nominee meets the selection criteria. It is recommended that nomination letters are dated in the academic year for which the nominee is being considered.
  2. No more than two (2) additional support letters that address the selection criteria as appropriate (optional).

Selection Criteria:

CAHNR Excellence Committee members will review the nomination packet. Eligible candidates will be evaluated on the basis of demonstrated excellence and lasting impact in the following areas:

  1. Initiative
  2. Commitment above and beyond the expected duties of the position
  3. Work ethic and dedication to Department and College
  4.  Demonstrated pursuit of professional development for the continued improvement of skills associated with the position

Selection and Notification Process

The CAHNR Excellence Committee will review all nominee materials and select an award candidate based on evaluations of the selection criteria, as outlined above. Members of the Excellence Committee who nominate a candidate for an award or write a letter of recommendation will not be assigned to evaluate that nomination category during preliminary screening. The nominating member may not participate in discussions during the all-committee meeting and will refrain from voting for that award.

 

Award candidate selections will be presented to UCAHNRA Board for approval.

 

Awardee(s) will be notified and recognized at the Spring Honors and Awards Excellence ceremony.

 

Award Funds for use by the Awardee are disbursed on or before Oct 1 through the Dean’s Office.

CAHNR and College Alumni (UCAHNRA) Excellence in Teaching Award

The University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and the College Alumni Board request nominations for the UCAHNRA Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is designed to recognize superior teaching by UConn CAHNR faculty members.

Nomination Requirements

  1. Must be a UConn faculty;
  2. Must show evidence of outstanding teaching and advising contributions to the university, college, and department.

Nomination/Application Process

  1. Persons interested in being nominated for this award should make their interest known to faculty or staff who can write letters of nomination and support.
  2. Application packets must include the following documents in the order listed below and be submitted as an electronic document in a single pdf titled UCAHNRATeaching_NomineeName.
  3. Each department may nominate multiple candidates for the UCAHNRA Excellence in Teaching Award
  4. Previous awardees may be nominated again after 5 years

Please use the following checklist as a Table of Contents in the Nomination Packet

  1. A letter of nomination from the Dean or Department Head that addresses the teaching program, the name of the award and how the nominee meets the selection criteria.
  2. No more than two (2) additional letters in support from persons with an intimate knowledge of the nominee’s teaching program.
  3. Three letters of support from current or former students that address the selection criteria.
  4. A non-technical statement from the nominee (three pages maximum) that provides an overview of their teaching program, describes their teaching philosophy and vision regarding teaching, program innovations, impact and/or evaluation and addresses the selection criteria.
  5. A curriculum vitae of no more than 5 pages.
  6. A succinct portfolio of teaching materials that demonstrates innovation and excellence in teaching. Include OIR teaching evaluations for all courses taught in the preceding four semesters. Additional evaluations from prior semesters are optional. The nominee is encouraged to refer to these evaluations in their application statement to provide additional context. Student comments should not be included.

 

Selection Criteria

Eligible candidates for the UCAHNRA Excellence in Teaching Award will be evaluated on the basis of excellence and lasting impact in teaching. Award applications should therefore address the nominee’s demonstration of the following:

  1. Ability to motivate and stimulate student learning through their teaching and advising activities;
  2. Development and use of new course materials, technological innovations, and pedagogical approaches that measurably improve student learning outcomes;
  3. Focus on priority issues tied to the University, College or Department strategic initiatives, Academic Plans or the input of stakeholders;
  4. Partnerships with other faculty, staff, and/or professionals that enhance the value of their teaching and/or advising program.
  5. Demonstrated pursuit of professional development for the continued improvement of teaching and student learning.

Selection and Notification Process

The CAHNR Excellence Committee will review all nominee materials and select an award candidate based on evaluations of the selection criteria, as outlined above. Members of the Excellence Committee who nominate a candidate for an award or write a letter of recommendation will not be assigned to evaluate that nomination category during preliminary screening. The nominating member may not participate in discussions during the all-committee meeting and will refrain from voting for that award.

 

Award candidate selections will be presented to UCAHNRA Board for approval.

 

Awardee(s) will be notified and recognized at the Spring Honors and Awards Excellence ceremony. Award Funds for use by the Awardee are disbursed on or before Oct 1 through the Dean’s Office.

 

CAHNR Alumni (UCAHNRA) Distinguished Alumni Award

UCAHNRA Distinguished Alumni Award:

Nomination Requirements

Nominee must:

  1. be a graduate of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources or alumni of schools/programs under the current organization of the college. All degrees received under the college are eligible;
  2. demonstrate excellence in the award category;
  3. have made significant contributions to the University of Connecticut and the programs and degrees within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Examples of contributions can include, but not limited to;
    1. Contributions to the educational experience of current UConn students (i.e. clinical instructors, mentors, providing internship opportunities to students, etc.)
    2. Supporting research endeavors for current students and/or faculty
    3. Active participation with program advisory boards or committees within the University
    4. Participation in alumni engagement opportunities such as event host, panelist and/or volunteer
  4. has contributed to his/her professional environment and has been an inspiration to others
  5. demonstrate dedication to community service efforts.

Nomination /Application Process

  1. Persons interested in being nominated/nominating a candidate for this award may submit a letter of nomination and letters of support.
  2. Self-nominations are accepted.
  3. Application packets must include the following documents in the order listed below and be submitted as an electronic document in a single pdf titled UCAHNRADistinguishedAlumni_NomineeName

Please use the following checklist as a Table of Contents in the Nomination Packet

  1. A letter from the individual making the nomination to include name, year of graduation, degree and major, and description of the significant contributions to CAHNR, abilities, characteristics and achievements that make this nominee an outstanding candidate for the award. Self-nominations accepted.
  2. A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume within a 5-page limit.
  3. Two additional letters of support will be accepted but are not required.

Selection Process:

The UCAHNRA Board will review all nominee materials and select an award candidate based on evaluations of the selection criteria, as outlined above.  The UCAHNRA Board will submit selected candidate to the Members of the CAHNR Excellence Committee for final review. If a member of the UCAHNRA Board nominates a candidate for this award or writes a letter of recommendation, they will not be assigned to evaluate this award category during preliminary screening.  The nominating member may not participate in discussions during the all-board meeting and will refrain from voting for that award.

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of demonstrated excellence and significant contributions, as outlined above. Award candidate selections will be presented to UCAHNRA Board for approval.

Awardee will be notified and recognized at the CAHNR Awards and Honors Event in the spring.

 

 

 

CES grant for Innovative Programming in Extension

Purpose: provide seed funding to promote and encourage innovative approaches to outreach and engagement related to the Cooperative Extension mission of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Yearly grants of $5000 are anticipated. This initiative is supported by the Nancy H. and David E. Bull CES Innovative Programming Fund.

 

The goal of innovation is a positive change to make someone or something better. A distinction is made between invention - an idea made manifest, and innovation - ideas applied successfully. Innovation in Extension refers to creative new approaches that change how people do things. Innovation often involves taking risks -- the outcomes are unknown and unpredictable. However, our knowledge of how to do successful programming is also increased by failures. Therefore, it is hoped that this fund will provide the financial impetus to enact change.

 

Eligibility: the competition is open to all with a full or partial Extension appointment. Team submissions including non-extension personnel will be considered as long as the team leader holds an Extension appointment.

 

Submissions (not to exceed 3 double-spaced pages) will include the following:

  1. Statement of the project goal. Clearly articulate the problem that is being addressed by the project and delineate the goal of the project.
  2. Proposed programming. Describe the programming you will undertake to achieve the project goal.
  3. Explicitly identify the innovation proposed and the risks involved. Describe how trying this approach will have the potential to influence future program delivery.
  4. Briefly describe a project timeline. Typical projects should be completed within 24 months.
  5. Measurable outcomes. How will you assess and document the anticipated change as a result of your innovation?
  6. Travel to conferences will not be supported by this fund. Expenses should involve creating and implementing the innovation.
  7. Extended Application. Assuming the programming effort is successful, to whom and how will you extend the new approach to enhance the program being improved over the long term.

 

 

Evaluation criteria

The proposal showing the greatest possible potential for positive change related to the Extension mission will be selected for funding.

 

Deliverable

Upon completion of the project, awardees will prepare a report that describes the innovative programming. This will be showcased on the College website and will serve as a way of engaging others in employing the innovative approach.

 

Selection Process:

The CAHNR Excellence Committee will review all nominee materials and select a project based on evaluations of the selection criteria. Members of the Excellence Committee who nominate a project for an award or write a letter of recommendation will not be assigned to evaluate that nomination category during preliminary screening. The nominating member may not participate in discussions during the all-committee meeting and will refrain from voting for that award.

 

Awardee(s) will be notified and recognized at the CAHNR Awards and Honors Event in the spring.

 

NEW! Excellence in Early Career Research Award

The University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Excellence in Early Career Research Award is designed to recognize UConn CAHNR faculty members and/or staff, demonstrating a superior commitment to an emerging research program.

The nominee must meet the following criteria:

  1. All current UConn faculty who have fewer than 5 years of experience in a tenure-track, or non-tenure Research position at UConn (or another tertiary education institution) are eligible for the CAHNR Excellence in Early Career Research Award. Years of service in a post-doctoral or non-academic positions do not count toward eligibility.
  2. Must be engaged in and show evidence of an emerging outstanding and creative research program.
  3. Each department may nominate multiple candidates for the CAHNR Excellence in Early Career Research Award.

Persons interested in being nominated for this award should make their interest known to faculty who can provide a nomination for the award.

Faculty may not self-nominate.

Nomination Form

Faculty should also submit an application letter of not greater than 3 pages describing their appropriateness for the award. This letter should include the following:

  1. Overview of the research program over their time at UConn.
  2. Philosophy and vision regarding research.
  3. Application of research philosophy and
  4. Research innovations over their time at UConn.

Curriculum vitae within a 5-page limit to include at least the following:

  1. The names, level, and date graduated (or anticipated) for all graduate students;
  2. Type and amount of grants or contracts received at UConn (descending order)
  3. Peer reviewed publications while at UConn, and
  4. Awards for research papers presented.

The nomination form should be completed by a single nominator. The nomination form, the curriculum vitae, and the 3-page faculty application letter are the only materials that will be reviewed.

Members of the Excellence Committee who nominate a candidate for an award will not be assigned to evaluate that nomination category during preliminary screening. The nominating member may not participate in discussions during the all-committee meeting and will refrain from voting for that award.

Awardee(s) will be notified and recognized at the Spring Honors and Awards Excellence ceremony. Award Funds will be deposited into a university account for the awardee(s)’ use on/before October 1 of the year of the award.

Excellence Awards Nomination Submission Instructions

  • Please review the nomination requirements and process as outlined within each award category.  Nomination forms are new this year for several of the awards.
  • Nominations from past years may be resubmitted with updated materials as required. It is highly recommended that nomination forms/letters be dated in the academic year for which the nominee is being considered
  • Award selection criteria should be explicitly addressed wherever possible in supporting letters or documents.
  • Note that many award descriptions include a checklist to be used as the Table of Contents for the Nomination Packet.
  • Nomination packets, including all supporting documentation must be organized in the order listed and emailed as a single PDF file to cahnrexcellence@uconn.edu. Please name the PDF file in the following format: Name of Award_NomineeName
  • The Excellence Committee Chair for the 2021-2022 Academic Year, Maria-Luz Fernandez, may be reached for questions at  maria-luz.fernandez@uconn.edu or cahnrexcellence@uconn.edu

The deadline for all submissions is Friday, November 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm The Chair will confirm receipt of a complete nomination packet within 2-3 business days.  Earlier submissions are preferred (in case of missing pieces)

 

Download the complete list of awards and descriptions here

Department Representatives May Answer Questions

Representative Department
Nathan Fiala Agricultural and Resource Economics
Tamara Kaliszewski Allied Health Sciences
Breno Fragomeni Animal Science
Bill Davenport Extension
Cristina Colon-Semenza Kinesiology
Robert Fahey Natural Resources and Environment
Maria Luz Fernandez (Chair) Nutritional Sciences
Steven Szczepanek Pathobiology and Veterinary Science
Huanzhong Wang Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
Erika Glebocki Alumni Representative
Mike O’Neill (Ex Officio) Associate Dean
Virginia White (Ex Officio) Dean's Assistant

Past Award Receipients

awards

CAHNR Donald M. Kinsman Award for Excellence in Teaching

2021 Jeanne McCaffery
2020 Yangchao Luo
2019 Anita Morzillo
2018 Chadwick Rittenhouse
2017  Ashley Helton
2016  Amy Mobley
2015 Sarah Reed
2014  Kristin Govoni
2013  Jenifer Nadeau
2012  Rhonda Brownbill
2011  Richard Mancini
2010  Julia Kuzovkina
2009 Jason Vokoun
2008 Robert Johnston
2007  N/A
2006 Steven Rackliffe
2005 Morty Ortega
2004 Mary McGrane
2003 Mark Westa
2002 Lawrence Silbart
2001 Peter Miniutti
2000 Robert Neumann
1999 Nancy Rodriguez
1998 Linda Lee
1997 Karl Guillard
1996 Michael Darre
1995 John Clausen
1994 Cameron Faustman
1993 Sandra Bushmich
1992 Daniel Civco
1991 James Dinger
1990 Richard Clark

CAHNR Award of Excellence in Engagement/Outreach

2021 Mary Concklin, Juliana Barrett and Bruce Hyde
2020 Rosa Raudales
2019 Douglas Casa
2018 Diane Wright Hirsch
2017 Chet Arnold
2016 Jiff Martin
2015  John Inguagiato
2014 EFNEP (Linda Drake)
2013  Sheila Andrew
2012 Umekia Taylor
2011 Healthy Environments for Children Initiative; Mary-Margaret Gaudio and Joan Bothell
2010 Juliana Barrett
2009 Sandy Prisloe, Emily Wilson, Joel Stocker, Cary Chadwick, Kate Woodruff, Jason Parent, Michael Altshul & Robert Pomeroy
2008 Lorraine Los
2007 Jude Boucher
2006 Diane Hirsch
2005 Robert Ricard
2004 Thomas Morris & Richard Meinert
2003 Donna Ellis
2002 Linda Drake
2001 Cheryl Czuba
2000 NEMO
1999 Rafael Perez-Escamilla

CAHNR Award of Excellence in Research

2021 Ock Chun
2020 Tricia Leahey
2019 Ji-Young Lee
2018 Steven Geary
2017  John Volin
2016  Stephen Swallow
2015  Michael Copenhaver
2014  Mark Brand
2013  Valerie Duffy
2012  Boris Bravo-Ureta
2011  Kumar Venkitanarayanan
2010 Susanne von Bodman
2009 Gerald Berkowitz
2008 Yi Li
2007 Robert Johnston
2006 Cindy Tian
2005 Ronald Cotterill
2004 Rafael Perez-Escamilla
2003 Steve Zinn
2002 Carol Lammi-Keefe
2001 Maria Luz Fernandez
2000 Jerry Yang
1999 Cameron Faustman

UCAHNRA Distinguished Alumni Award

2021 Patricia Anthony
2020 Taif Al-Sarraj
2019 Surendranath Suman
2018 Timothy M. Nourse
2017 William Cullina
2016 Bonnie Noel-Kegler
2015 Kwang-Siung (Charles) Ling
2014  James Hsiao
2013  Michelle Judge
2012  Joel R. Soobitsky
2011 Honorary Alumni: Kenneth M. Couture, And Distinguished Alumni:  Frank C. Gwazduaskas
2010 Marion Feitelson Winkler,  Donna Amaral-Phillips, Mark Ellingwood, Rodney Gilbert
1999 David Miller

Graduate Student Research Award

2021 Jingyi Xue
2020 Yoojin Lee
2019 Sean Ooi, MS; Janet Barclay, PhD; Gregory Panza, PhD
2018 Amanda Zaleski, PhD
2017 Cristina Macklem, Meera Nair, Yuri Hosokawa
2016 Pengfei Liu
2015 Indu Upadhyaya

Graduate Student Teaching Award

2021 Ankit Singh
2020 Junichi Sakaki
2019 N/A
2018 Timothy Murray, PhD
2017 Lauren Lamberti
2016 Ana Gabriela Murillo
2015 Erika Gebhard-Cote

UCAHNRA Excellence in Teaching Award

2021 Molika Chea
2020 Rhonda Brownbill
2019 Emma Bojinova
2018 Gerald Berkowitz
2017 Sarah Reed
2016 Joe Bonelli and Steven Rackliffe
2015 Cristian Schulthess
2014  Thomas Hoagland
2013  Hedley Freake
2012 Colleen Thompson
2011  Joan Smyth
2010 Maryann Morris
2009 N/A
2008 Jane Kerstetter
2007 Robert Milvae
2006 Carol Auer
2004 Mark Brand
2003 Larry Silbart
2002 Steve Zinn
2001 John Alexopoulos
2000 Mike Darre
1999 Dan Civco
1998 Mark Bridgen
1997 Tsoung-Chao Lee
1996 John Clausen
1995 Carol Lammi-Keefe
1994 Sandra Bushmich
1993 Edward Corbett
1992 Lindsay Allen
1991 Richard Clark
1990 Gary Griffin
1989 John Riesen
1988 Derek Allinson
1987 Donald Kinsman

UCAHNRA Outstanding Staff Award

2021 Ashley Sandy
2020 Winnie Lunt
2019 Kathryn Parlin
2018 Nancy Wilhelm
2017 Katrease Sharavolli
2016 Stacey Stearns
2015 Patricia Jepson
2014 William Sciturro and Edan Tulman
2013 Nancy Abbott
2012 Camilla Crossgrove, Nancy Madrak
2011 Karen Nye, Kathy Pelletier
2010 Mary Margaret Cole
2009 N/A
2008 Randall Knight
2007 Kathleen Wells, Susan Gregoire
2006 Marilyn  Gould, Tina Burnham
2005 Holly Walker, John Wheeler
2004 Lisa Phillips, David Schreiber
2003 Stephen Olsen & Jennifer Simoniello
2002 Paul Belanger