Trustees Award

Nominations for the 2024 Trustees Award may be submitted in the form below. The deadline for nominations and submissions is 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2024.


History and Purpose

The Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville established The Trustees Award in 1989 to honor faculty who individually impact the future of our students. The award is intended to recognize faculty (full- or part-time; undergraduate, graduate, or professional; even groups of faculty) who have had, currently or in the past, an extraordinary impact on students. The recipient will receive a commemorative plaque and a $5,000 award.

This year, the Trustees Award will be presented to the recipient at the Annual Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards Reception on April 18th, from 6-8pm in the Student Activities Center Ballroom.

View past award winners.


All faculty (with the exception of previous winners, graduate teaching assistants, and doctoral candidates) are eligible to receive this award. Self-nomination is not permitted.


Nominations will be accepted from any member of the University community until 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2024. The nomination form can be accessed and submitted below.

Procedure (please read carefully)

Once a nomination is received, an automated email is sent to the nominee(s) notifying them of their nomination and requesting two documents:  1) a philosophical statement on learning, and 2) a current résumé/curriculum vitae. 

Additionally and also automatically, the dean and department chair of the nominee(s) are sent an email requesting letters of support. It is the responsibility of the nominator to solicit additional letters of support from students or colleagues - a link will be sent to the nominator to share with others.

Received submissions will be assembled into packets that the Trustees’ Academic and Student Affairs Committee will review. This committee will submit its recommendation as winner to the Board of Trustees for approval.

Requested Submissions:

  • Letter of support from the nominee’s dean of the school/college
  • Letter of support from the nominee’s department chair
  • Letter(s) of support from current and/or past students, colleagues
  • The nominee’s philosophical statement on learning
  • The nominee’s current résumé/curriculum vitae

(These submissions are not required but highly encouraged as they will factor into the overall assessment when determining the award winner.)

Scope: Impact of Person’s Body of Work on the Students

A nominee should have made an impact in teaching, advising, student research, support services, extracurricular activities, or other aspects of student life.  Examples include:

  • Creating an unusually positive learning environment for students inside or outside the classroom.
  • Making special efforts to motivate and encourage the educational, professional, or social development of students inside and outside the classroom.
  • Taking the lead in providing or arranging an additional service or a change in existing services that had a major impact on students.
  • Suggesting and/or implementing an idea beneficial to a substantial number of students or the student body as a whole.
  • Implementing technological advances in teaching that enrich and facilitate student learning.
  • Exhibiting special effectiveness with minorities or non-traditional students.
  • Providing extraordinary support for student leaders and/or student clubs and organizations.
  • Implementing creative teaching or advising techniques that result in an outstanding academic success rate.
  • Involving students in research activities in new and creative ways.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jake Beamer at 852-5795 or

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