University Distinguished Outreach Faculty

This award recognizes faculty who have made outstanding contributions to outreach at The University of Arizona, in the State of Arizona and the nation. The call for nominations is issued annually in early fall and are due in December.


University of Arizona Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


To recognize outstanding faculty whose scholarship-based outreach to the state, nation and the world has demonstrated sustained excellence in the University’s outreach mission.


In addition to the title of University Distinguished Outreach Faculty (e.g. University Distinguished Outreach Professor, University Distinguished Outreach Librarian, University Distinguished Outreach Research Scientist, etc), this award carries a $5,000 increase to base salary. Up to two awards may be made each year and will be presented in a ceremony.


Eligibility for the award shall be extended to members of the general faculty holding any rank, although emeritus faculty are not eligible.

University faculty, staff, students, alumni and external constituents are invited to make nominations.

The University of Arizona Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award is intended for individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to outreach in the following ways:

  • A significant record of conducting outreach policy, practices and implementation at the University of Arizona.
  • A record of distinguished creative scholarship.
  • The sustained application of scholarship in non-formal classrooms such as the field, the community, business and industry, healthcare systems, the courts, schools, the home, or wherever people seek information and assistance to create a better life for themselves and their families.

This award recognizes distinguished University outreach for the common good of the state and the nation and is the highest honor awarded in this category at the University of Arizona. Evidence of an innovative outreach program within his/her discipline, short- and long-term impacts and creative delivery methods are essential.

Nomination Process

Each nomination packet should be organized and labeled and contain the following information:

  1. One letter of nomination signed by four individuals, at least two of whom must be University of Arizona faculty. The nomination letter should specify how the nominee meets the criteria for the award.
  2. A current curriculum vitae for the nominee.
  3. A personal statement by the nominee describing his/her approach to outreach and scholarship.
  4. Documentation of outreach effectiveness and commitment including:
    • Letters of support (no more than six), but at least two from external constituents of the University.
    • Description of innovative outreach program presented.
    • Description of creative delivery methods used.
    • Description of recognized environmental, social, or economic impact to the targeted audience(s).
    • Description of innovation in creative scholarship as it relates to outreach.
    • Description of appropriate networks and partnerships.
    • Listing of extracurricular university or statewide activities as they relate to the outreach mission of the University and the nominee’s personal mission.

Submission of Materials

Materials are submitted online through Competition Space:

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.

Selection Process

Nominations are reviewed by a university-wide committee. Notification of the award the outcome for the committee review and final selection will be sent to the individual, the Dean of the College and the nomination team/committee representative in early April.

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.


Award recipients will be recognized at the Regents' Professors, University Distinguished Professors and University Distinguished Outreach Faculty Induction Ceremony that honors recipients of the highest faculty teaching awards at the University of Arizona.

Due Date

Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5 p.m.

For More Information

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