General Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for any of the faculty award categories, applicants must have a faculty title with the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

Early Career Excellence Awards are to recognize those in their first five years since receiving their initial faculty title at any institution and with a minimum of one year at the College of Medicine – Phoenix. Current department chairs, deans and associate deans are not eligible for these awards.


Faculty may be nominated through a one- to two-page letter of support. Materials that document the effectiveness of the nominee in meeting the criteria of the award may be provided along with the CV of the nominee. A nomination will be strengthened if the primary nomination or a letter of support is provided by the faculty member’s supervisor — as in, their department chair or division chief, block/course/clerkship director, or program leader.

Details and examples of how the nominees meet the selection criteria are encouraged. While certain awards allow self-nomination, the committee strongly encourages nominations from colleagues or leadership. The committee prefers a narrative format for applications and discourages the extensive use of bullet points. All documentation related to award categories must be limited and follow the guidelines associated with each award. In categories where no qualified applicants are nominated, an award may not be given. Award winners will be recognized at Fall Faculty Meetings.

Selection for Teaching/Education Awards

Unless listed as otherwise for a specific award, a Faculty Awards Selection Subcommittee will consist of prior recipients of the student-selected teaching awards and at least one Chair. For the first three years, the committee members will be established by the dean. Members will be recused from any discussion involving an award for which they submitted a nomination, or for which they are a nominee. The chair of the Faculty Honors and Awards Committee will lead the meeting as a resource, but will not serve as a voting member. The list will be presented to the dean for final review and approval.