The Henry and Phyllis Koffler Prizes


University of Arizona Provost


The Koffler Prizes, established through the generosity of Henry and Phyllis Koffler in 2000, recognize outstanding accomplishment in the areas of teaching; research/scholarship/creative activity; or public service/outreach.

The 2021 awards category is Research/Scholarship/Creative Activity.


The prize consists of a one-time award of $10,000, a medallion and certificate.

One prize in will be awarded each year. Koffler Prizes will be given in three categories in the following order:

Year      Award Category

2020     Teaching

2021     Research/Scholarship/Creative Activity

2022     Public Service/Outreach

2023    Research/Scholarship/Creative Activity


Eligibility for the prizes is extended to all persons serving under the conditions of faculty, professional or administrative service.

The prizes are intended to honor individuals who have made major contributions to their fields in at least one of the three categories of the award, with emphasis on originality. The prize for public service/outreach is intended for those whose work has had a significant impact on society. Administrators may be considered if their service to the University has been exceptional.


Nomination packets must include the following materials

  • A letter of nomination signed by any ad hoc group of five individuals to include at least three tenured faculty members or professionals with continuing status. The nomination letter should specify how the nominee meets the criteria for the award and the category area (see above) for which the nomination is being made.
  • Current curriculum vitae for the candidate.
  • A personal statement of the candidates’ approach to teaching (2020), research/scholarship/creative activity (2021/2023), public service/outreach (2022)
  • Documentation of outstanding achievement in the area for which the nomination is made. At least five, but no more than eight supporting letters (from inside or outside the University) should address the nominee’s achievements with regard to this award.

Criteria may include, but are not limited to:

  • Proven excellence in the classroom and/or laboratory as demonstrated by consistently high student evaluation, local or national teaching awards, consistently superior ratings in the teaching area of the annual performance review.
  • Proven success of students as demonstrated by placement into distinguished graduate programs, faculty positions at other institutions, the winning of distinguished competitions or other documented notable achievements in the discipline.
  • National or international recognition of teaching through invitations to present at conferences, use of original teaching materials (textbooks, web-delivered courses, courseware).

Criteria may include, but are not limited to:

  • Evidence of achievements judged to be original, substantive and substantial.
  • Excellence in the nominee’s field or discipline as demonstrated through measures appropriate to the specific field.
  • National or international recognition specific to the field of endeavor (such as invitations to participate in significant national or international activities, awards and prizes, membership in national academies, major exhibitions, research funding based on competition).

Criteria may include, but are not limited to:

  • Proven beneficial impact upon society as demonstrated through significant accomplishments in conducting and implementing outreach policy or practices at the University of Arizona.
  • Proven record of creative scholarship and/or the application of scholarship in non-traditional venues such as the community, the home, the field, providing means to create a better life for Arizonans.
  • Evidence of an innovative outreach program within the discipline, having short- and long-term impacts and creative delivery methods.


Materials are to be submitted through UA Competition Space:


Nominations will be reviewed by a university-wide committee. Notification of the award winners will be sent to the individual, the Dean of the College and the nomination contact person in early March. Notification of nominations that were not selected will be sent to the Dean of the College and the contact person or an appropriate senior member of the nominating team.

Review the nomination packet carefully before submitting to make sure that all of the required material is accurate and included. Packets that are incomplete may be delayed.

Inclusive excellence is the engine that drives the value and practice of diversity and inclusiveness at the University of Arizona. At the center of Inclusive Excellence is the recognition and acceptance of the talents, worldviews, perceptions, cultures and skills that faculty communities bring to the educational enterprise. The University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and strongly encourages nominations of individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), the University of Arizona also recognized the importance of contributions of the nominee to the HSI mission.


This award will be recognized at the annual Awards of Distinction Luncheon and Ceremony held in Spring at the Student Union Memorial Center to honor the recipients of the University of Arizona highest faculty teaching honors.


The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 4, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.


Please contact: Dr. Adrián Arroyo, +1 (520) 626.0202 or email