UNT Foundation Faculty Leadership Award

Award Description

The UNT Foundation Faculty Leadership Award recognizes a faculty member who significantly impacts the academic enterprise of the university through his/her leadership and service. The award recipient demonstrates a high degree of professionalism, is committed to the strategic mission of the university, and encourages others to support and work toward the public good through innovative initiatives. The award acknowledges individual and organizational excellence in leadership as demonstrated by the impact of their work at the university, state, national and/or international level. The annual award carries a one-time $5,000 payment and an engraved commemorative gift.


  • Must have served the University of North Texas for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Must be a full-time tenure-track/tenured faculty member in good standing at the time of the nomination.
  • Must demonstrate transformative leadership by empowering groups and facilitating change at the university, local, national, and/or international level.  Activities encompassed by the award may be outstanding singular accomplishments beyond and within the context of his/her current role (e.g., academic unit, professional organization/society, and faculty governance), emerging or innovative leadership initiatives, or longstanding accomplishments.

Nomination Procedures

A faculty member who meets the above criteria may be nominated by any UNT faculty or university employee with in-depth knowledge of the accomplishments of the nominee. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominators should inform nominees that they are being nominated and may solicit their assistance in preparing the nomination materials.

Submission Process

The nominator should submit the nomination packet via the Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Nomination portal. Here is the link: vpaa.unt.edu/nominate. If you have any questions please contact Annie Garcia at Annie.Garcia@unt.edu or (940) 565-3987.


All completed nomination packets must be received by the Office for Faculty Success by 5:00 PM, November 6, 2020. See the Call for Nominations for specific details.

Award Recipients





V. Barbara Bush

Counseling and Higher Education


Karen Weiller Abels

Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation


James Meernik

Political Science


John Ishiyama

Political Science


Narendra Dahotre

Materials Science and Engineering


T. David Mason

Political Science


Mark Vosvick



Angela Wilson



Mary Harris

Teacher Education and Administration