Bart Cardon Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award

What is the Award?

The College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences (CALES) Bart Cardon Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award was created to recognize and honor unusual dedication and outstanding performance by a member of the CALES teaching faculty who has been teaching for more than 15 consecutive years at the University of Arizona. Recipients will be honored at the ALVSCE Awards Celebration, where they will receive a plaque and a check for $1,000. The award is open annually for nominations that may lead to selection of one or more awardees, but awards may not be made in all years.

Who can be Nominated?

Nominations are welcomed for any faculty member with a primary appointment in CALES (career-track or tenure track, regardless of degree or area of focus) who meets the following eligibility requirements:

  • The nominee must be a member of the teaching faculty in CALES who is teaching formal courses, or who has done so until the semester in which the packet is submitted. 
  • The nominee must have taught formal courses for more than 15 consecutive years.
  • The nominee cannot have won this award in the last 5 years.

In addition to formal course instruction, the nominee must be or have been involved in two or more of the following activities:

  • Counseling and/or advising students, graduate and/or undergraduate
  • Mentoring students, graduate and/or undergraduate
  • Directing graduate student theses and/or dissertations
  • Serving as faculty advisor to student clubs and/or activities
  • Developing and/or introducing innovative teaching methods
  • Participating in and/or directing development of new courses or curriculum
  • Facilitating a Faculty Learning Community or similar

Who can Nominate?

Nominations may be made by any unit head, faculty, staff, student, or student organization in the College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences. Multiple nominations by each department/unit are welcome. We encourage nominations for faculty on career- and tenure-track appointments in all areas of focus, regardless of degree, provided that the above eligibility requirements are met. We encourage nominations of diverse teaching faculty and of faculty engaged in diverse aspects of instruction: CALES values diversity in its people and programs and strives to foster a diverse, inclusive, fair, and respectful community.

Selection Procedure

A committee appointed by the CALES Associate Dean for Career and Academic Services and coordinated by members of the Bart Cardon Academy for Teaching Excellence (including teaching faculty from career- and tenure-track paths and ranking at levels from assistant to full) will review all nominations and make their selection based on the materials submitted. For full consideration, packets must be submitted on time (see Deadline, below). For required information, see the Nomination Form. Packets will be evaluated on the basis of the relevant Teaching Award Rubric.


Submission of Materials

Please send scanned nomination packet via email to Receipt of packets will be acknowledged by email.

All material submitted must be in order:

  1. One Recommendation Letter - from the unit head or a faculty member of the nominee's unit in CALES.
  2. One Letter of Support - from a faculty member.
  3. One Letter of Support - from a student or student organization in CALES.
  4. Completed Nomination Form.

The selection committee will read only one letter from each category as listed. Incomplete or late packets will not be reviewed. Do not submit unsolicited letters or other materials. After evaluation is complete, each nominee will receive a letter regarding the outcome of the evaluation process.

Please note: Nominees who do not receive the award are welcome to apply in subsequent application cycles, and should submit their complete packets by the standard deadline of the relevant application cycle.


Questions regarding the guidelines, nomination process, or evaluation process may be directed to James Hunt,, 520-626-3631.

DEADLINE: Noon on September 16th, 2024.