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Nominate Your Favorite 'Professor of the Year'

February 07, 2006

Only a few days remain for ASU students, faculty and staff to nominate their favorite professors for the 2006 ASU Professor of the Year Award, one of the universitys top honors for teaching. This endowed professorship was created to recognize those who best exemplify a passion for teaching and who excel in both undergraduate teaching and in their area of research of creative activity. The award is designed to promote a culture at ASU that values and rewards members of the academic community who contribute substantially to scholarship and undergraduate education.

The Professor of the Year Award is sponsored by the ASU Parents Association and funded through the generous support of ASU parents.

"ASU students are fortunate to have dedicated professors who love to teach and who are deeply interested in the success of their students," said Dave Ryan, ASU Parents Association president. "These professors often change the life course of their students. It's totally fitting that we recognize them for the impact they make."

Winners of the award receive a $10,000 cash award and the lifelong designation of Parents Association Professor. The Parents Association further provides $10,000 over two years to fund an undergraduate student assistant for the professor. Winners also become Fellows in the ASU Distinguished Teaching Academy.

Any tenured professor who teaches at the undergraduate level for at least one semester during the 2005-2006 school year is eligible for the award. Candidates are evaluated by a selection committee consisting of faulty, staff, parents and students.

Nomination forms are available on-line at, or by visiting the ASU Parents Association promotions desk at the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus. Check the website ( for dates and times. Nominations must be submitted by February 17.

The winner of this year's Professor of the Year event will be announced at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning event, sponsored by TIAA CREF on April 17, 2006.