University Faculty Service Award

This award recognizes University of Arizona faculty who have made exceptional contributions to our service mission, within their department or college, across campus, or in their scholarly community. The University Faculty Service Award was created in 2022 to honor those who have demonstrated significant leadership and impact in service activities that elevate the University of Arizona in alignment with our Mission and Vision. The call for nominations and the award itself will be issued annually.


University of Arizona Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


The University Faculty Service Award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated a significant impact on the University of Arizona’s mission and vision through excellence in service.


Recipients will receive a one-time allocation of $7,500 in University funds for research / professional development purposes to facilitate further work within their discipline.

Number of Awards

Up to three awards may be made each year.


Eligible candidates will be tenure track, career track and continuing status faculty at Associate or Full rank with an outstanding record of service.


The University Faculty Service Award recognizes faculty who have made exceptional contributions to The University of Arizona Mission and Vision through excellence in service in any of the following ways: (1) Department-level service including service that faculty completed within their home department; (2) College-level service including work for the Dean’s Office or a center or research institute affiliated with their college; (3) University-level service (4) community engaged service outside of the university; (5) service for a relevant scholarly community or professional society. Considerations may include (but are not limited to) any of the following:

  • Department: Admissions committee, department promotion and tenure committees salary committee, human relations and well-being committee, safety committee,  general academic affairs committee, faculty search committee, director of graduate/undergraduate studies, department council, inclusive excellence committees.
  • College: Long-term service college awards, faculty service award committees, associate dean for faculty affairs and graduate programs, research center director, dean’s advisory committee, strategic planning committee, college council, budget planning committee.
  • University: Provost search committee, University Senate, inclusive excellence committee, promotion and tenure committee, scholarship selection committee, associate deans’ graduate programs committee, advisory committee, deans’ review committee, university sustainability council.
  • Community: Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning and contribute to the public good
  • National and international: national and international discipline-specific academies and societies, national and international board service awards committees, boards for interdisciplinary organizations expert consultation.

Nomination Process

University faculty and staff are invited to make nominations. Each nomination should contain the following:

  1. A  letter of nomination signed by at least four individuals, at least three of whom must be University of Arizona faculty or staff. The letter should specify how the nominee meets the criteria for the award.
  2. A current curriculum vitae for the nominee, including aspects of service and impact.
  3. Documentation of service impact including:
    • Letters of support (no more than 3, no more than  2 pages each).
    • A brief statement (no more than 3 pages) of service activities and its impact.
    • Letter from the Dean. 

Inclusion is one of the core values of the University of Arizona. At the center of Inclusive Excellence is the recognition and acceptance of the talents, world-views, perceptions, cultures and skills that faculty communities bring to the educational enterprise. The University of Arizona recognizes the power of an inclusive 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.

Submission of Materials

Materials are to be submitted online through Arizona Cultivate.

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

Selection Process

Nominations are reviewed by a university-wide committee, including prior awardees (if available). Notifications of the award winners will be sent to the individual, the Dean of the College and the department head.


The recipient(s) will be celebrated at a special award ceremony in early 2024. Recipients will receive more information through email.

Due Dates

Monday, December 4, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Awardees will be announced by April of 2024.

For More Information

Please contact: Dr. Adrián Arroyo, +1 (520) 621-2121 or email