FHSS Award Opportunities

For any questions, please contact Associate Dean Laura Walker at x9053 or at laura_​walker@byu.edu​.

University Awards

University Awards Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer (5 years at BYU)

This award is the most prestigious faculty award given by the University. The recipient of the award must have demonstrated clear superiority in research/creative work, teaching, and University citizenship and will receive a cash award of $12,000.

Maeser Excellence in Teaching (5 years at BYU)

Each recipient of this award will receive a cash award of $6,000. The awardee's teaching is rigorous and based on high expectations of students. The awardee's teaching is successfully directed toward comprehension, understanding, and reasoning and is significantly influenced by his or her citizenship and research or creative work.

Maeser Excellence in Research and Creative Arts (5 years at BYU)

Each recipient of this award will receive a cash award of $6,000. These awards recognize exceptional distinction in research or creative arts or performances. The awardee must have gained recognition and influence in his or her discipline reaching well beyond local or regional boundaries.

Abraham Smoot Citizenship Award (15 years at BYU)

The recipient of this award will receive a cash award of $4,000. This award is given to a BYU faculty member who, through a career of distinguished service to the University, has demonstrated those qualities of service and personal sacrifice to the University that were exhibited by A. O. Smoot, while reaffirming the unique mission of the University.

Wesley P. Lloyd Award for Distinction in Graduate Education (5 years at BYU)

The recipient of this award will receive a cash award of $6,000. The Wesley P. Lloyd Award is given to a member of the graduate faculty who has distinguished herself or himself by exemplary performance in teaching, research/creative work, and citizenship.

Maeser Professional Faculty Excellence Awards (5 years at BYU)

Each recipient of this award will receive a cash award of $6,000. This award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in fulfilling professional faculty responsibilities. The recipient is one who has demonstrated excellence in citizenship and professional service including, but not limited to, clinical supervision and instruction, counseling, librarianship, athletic coaching or other athletic professional work, teaching, or scholarly or creative work. This award is intended specifically for professional track faculty.

University Professorship (must have CFS)

University Professorships encourage and acknowledge senior faculty who are outstanding scholars, teachers, and University citizens. They recognize faculty who are excellent scholars and who thereby teach others in their discipline. University Professorships are for a five year term and carry a $8,000 annual salary stipend plus a $10,000 annual support award.

Alumni Professorship (CFS)

This Professorship is given to a BYU faculty member who through a career of exceptional teaching, mentoring, and advising of students has helped fulfill the mission of BYU and has helped students to enter to learn and be prepared to go forth and serve. The Alumni Professorship carries, for a term of three years, a $4,000 annual salary stipend and $4,000 annual research budget. The Alumni Professorship is not renewable.

General Education Professorship (CFS)

The General Education Professorship (formerly the Karl G. Maeser General Education Professorship) was established to recognize exceptional service to General Education at Brigham Young University through outstanding teaching, the development of new courses, new programs or new philosophies, and by a sustained, long-term commitment to these efforts. The appointment is for three years and includes an annual salary stipend of $4,000 and $4,000 in annual research support funds.

Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Award

The recipient of this award will receive a cash award of $1,000. The Phi Kappa Phi award recognizes balanced contributions in which citizenship, teaching, and research/creative work are brought together to serve students and the University community.

Young Scholar Award (3 to 10 years since Ph.D., at least 3 at BYU)

University young scholar awards encourage and acknowledge outstanding promise and contributions by junior faculty (6-10 years in rank). Young Scholar Awards are for a three year term and carry a $3,000 annual salary stipend and a $5,000 annual support award. BYU Class of 1949 Young Faculty Award These awards encourage and acknowledge outstanding promise and contributions by junior faculty (in rank 3-5 years).

Adjunct Faculty Excellence (5 years continuous service)

The recipient of this award will receive a cash award of $2,000. This award recognizes the contributions of part-time faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or in other professional responsibilities in service to the University and to students over a period of at least five years. It intends to acknowledge the important role part-time faculty and other professionals play in the life of the University and in its ability to achieve the aims of a BYU education in the lives of students.

University Undergraduate Education Awards Alcuin Award (5 years and must have CFS)

The Alcuin Fellowship, created in 1986, is named after Alcuin of York (c. 730-802), master of the seven liberal arts and leading figure of the Carolingian Renaissance who brought about far-reaching educational renewal. The Alcuin Fellowship appointments are for three years and carry with them an annual salary stipend of $3,000 as well as $4,000 in annual research support funds.

FHSS College Awards

Faculty Awards

The purpose of the annual FHSS College teaching awards is to recognize faculty members who effectively teach and inspire students to achieve excellence in their areas of study. Faculty who receive these awards, except for the adjunct award, will excel in the classroom and have a publication record commensurate with a commitment to lifelong learning and development within their discipline. The recognition will provide additional opportunities for these outstanding faculty members to mentor others. Recipients of these teaching awards will receive a one-time grant of $2,000 for salary.

Excellence in Teaching Award

Criteria:The faculty member recognized with this award will

  • demonstrate excellence in the classroom during the course of an academic year, as evidenced by
    • student evaluations, peer observation, and other evidence (e.g. syllabi, examinations, assignments, readings, activities)
    • recommendations of colleagues and students
    • work with colleagues on improvement of a course
    • effectively integrating research/creative activity in classroom teaching
  • show a sustained effort of scholarly accomplishments, as evidenced by
    • publication in recognized disciplinary venues
    • presentations before scholarly organizations
    • other outlets appropriate to the discipline

Innovation in Teaching

Criteria:The faculty member recognized with this award will

  • demonstrate innovation and excellence in the classroom during at least one semester, as evidenced by
    • student evaluations, peer observation, or other evidence during that semester (e.g. syllabi, examinations, assignments, readings, activities)
    • effectively integrating research/creative activity in classroom teaching
    • creation of a new method or a substantial improvement on an existing method that provides academic content to students
    • creative attempts to enrich the classroom and/or mentoring of students
  • show a sustained effort of scholarly accomplishments, as evidenced by
    • publication in recognized disciplinary venues
    • presentations before scholarly organizations
    • other outlets appropriate to the discipline

Achievement in Teaching

Criteria:The faculty member recognized with this award will

  • demonstrate excellence in the classroom during a span of several academic years, as evidenced by
    • student evaluations, peer observation, and other evidence (e.g. syllabi, examinations, assignments, readings, activities)
    • recommendations of colleagues and students
    • work with colleagues on improvement of the teaching curriculum
    • effectively integrating research/creative activity in classroom teaching
    • commitment to service, methods, or General Education courses
    • supporting the teaching efforts of colleagues in the department and college
  • show a sustained effort of scholarly accomplishments, as evidenced by
    • publication in recognized disciplinary venues
    • presentations before scholarly organizations
    • other outlets appropriate to the discipline

Excellence in Teaching by Adjunct Faculty

Criteria:This is a one-time $1,000 salary award. The adjunct faculty member recognized with this award will

  • demonstrate excellence in the classroom during the course of an academic year or over the course of several years, as evidenced by
    • student evaluations, peer observation, and other evidence (e.g. syllabi, examinations, assignments, readings, activities)
    • recommendations of colleagues and students
    • work with colleagues on improvement of a course
    • effectively integrating creative activity in classroom teaching
    • supporting the teaching efforts of colleagues in the department and college​

Young Scholars Awards

Criteria:Faculty members must be in rank and employed at BYU at least 3 years and no more than 10 years. Up to one young scholar award per year can go to a faculty member who has been in rank and employed at BYU for 3-5 years. The others will be for faculty who are post-CFS but have not been in rank more than 10 years. All young scholar awards are for three years and include a $3,000 annual salary stipend and a $5,000 annual support award. The faculty member will also:

  • demonstrate promise and excellence in all three areas of evaluation, including research, teaching and citizenship.

Hickman Diversity and Inclusion Award

The FHSS Diversity and Inclusion Award includes a one-time $3,000 salary stipend and the awardee will be invited to present as part of the college diversity and inclusion lecture series. The faculty member can be nominated by the department or college, or by the college Diversity, Inclusion, and Collaboration committee (the latter of which will also be involved in selecting recipients). The faculty member recognized for this award will:

  • Engage in consistent teaching (including mentoring), research, and/or citizenship that strives to make a better world by promoting diversity or inclusion, as evidenced by one or more of the following
    • Teaching or research on diversity or inclusion that helps students to become informed citizens and thoughtful leaders in our global world
      • Research focused on diverse individuals, societies, or families
      • Mentoring or experiential learning that is inclusive of a diverse group of under-represented students
      • Teaching or research that promotes local or global citizenship, justice, or equality
    • Additional teaching, research, or citizenship efforts that promotes diversity or inclusion, broadly defined

Cutler Lecture

  • The Cutler award recognizes outstanding scholars in FHSS who contribute to understanding and strengthening family life. It is a one-time salary stipend of $5,000 and the faculty member presents the Cutler Lecture.

Hickman Lecture

  • The Hickman award recognizes an outstanding scholar in the college of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. It is a one-time salary stipend of $4,000 and an additional $3000 in research money and the faculty member presents the Hickman Lecture.

Nomination Materials

All nominations should include:

  • A one-page letter of nomination from the department chair or chair of the department’s awards committee briefly summarizing the faculty member’s achievements and explaining why the faculty member deserves this honor. These nominations will be discussed by the College Awards Committee, which consists of a representative from each department. All university nomination materials should be submitted electronically to Sara Donakey (sara_donakey@byu.edu), due date specified by the College. Normally college deadlines will be similar to deadlines for University awards.

Administrative and Staff Awards

The FHSS Administrative Advisory Council offers three awards for the administrators and staff employees within the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. Faculty members are not eligible for these awards. Recipients of these awards need to have excelled in their service to their respective unit or the college and demonstrated at least one of the values listed below, as adopted by the President's Council.

C- Competency
R- Respect for Sacred Resources
I- Integrity
T- Teamwork
E- Exceeding Customer Expectations
R- Respect for All Individuals
I- Innovation
A- Accountability

The awards are given annually and are announced at the college's fall meeting. Each award has a monetary prize associated with it.

Awards & Elig​ibility

FHSS Dean's Platinum Service Award
This award is for one full-time administrator or staff in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences who have had at least five years of full-time experience within the college. Recipients will receive $1,000 and are only eligible for this award one-time.

Awards & Elig​ibility

FHSS Dean's Platinum Service Award
This award is for one full-time administrator or staff in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences who have had at least five years of full-time experience within the college. Recipients will receive $1,000 and are only eligible for this award one-time.

FHSS Excellence in Service Staff/Administrator Award
This award is for full-time administrators or staff or part-time staff in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences who have had at least three years of full-time or part-time experience within the college. Recipients will receive $500 and are eligible for this award every five years.

FHSS Outstanding Rookie Award
This award is for full-time administrators or staff or part-time staff in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences who have worked at least a minimum of one year and no more than three years (at the time of nominations) within the college. Recipients will receive $250 and are only eligible for this award once.

Nomination Process

The nomination process for the three awards will be as follows:
Nominations are open during the PDP period (January and February) and are emailed to the Dean. The nomination letter should:

--identify how the nominee has excelled in their service over their years

--identify at least one of the values listed above

--not exceed 500 words

The nomination letter as well as the PDP are taken into consideration for the selection of the recipients. The selection committee will consist of the Dean and Associate Deans in the College and they will be supplied a list of candidates who are eligible to receive the award.