About the Awards

The BFA Excellence Awards specifically recognize outstanding work and a concerted effort to make advances in the academy. The Chancellor provides financial support for these prestigious awards and a ceremony in the spring recognizes the winners and features a keynote by the Hazel Barnes Awardee for that year. The BFA will select up to three winners in each category. Each winner receives a $5000 monetary prize, along with a comemorative engraved plaque, and gift bag. 

All members of the Boulder Faculty Senate, are eligible to be nominated however, the selection process gives preference to nominees who have been with the University of Colorado for at least five years. Additionally, nominated faculty must be in good standing with the University in order to be considered. Although faculty may receive the award for a given category only once, they are eligible to receive awards in either of the other two categories in different years. Nomination packets that are not selected the year of submission, are automatically submitted for one additional year with approval of the nominator/nominating committee. 

The BFA will grant awards in each of the following areas:

The 2024 Excellence Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2024 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the UMC. The keynote address will be given by the 2023 Hazel Barnes awardee, Hanspeter Schaub, Aerospace Engineering. Colleagues, family, and friends are all invited to celebrate the 2024 winners as they recieve their awards. Please mark your calendars!

2024 Excellence Award Ceremony

Please join us in congratulating the 2024 Excellence Award winners:

Excellence in Leadership & Service

Valerie McKenzie, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Alastair Norcross, Philosophy


Excellence in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Work

Jason Boardman, Institute of Behavioral Science & Sociology

Joost de Gouw, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences & Chemistry

Rebecca Safran, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


Excellence in Teaching

Colene Robinson, CU Law School

Cosetta Seno French & Italian

Bethany Wilcox, Physics