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 2023 award monetary prize will be $5000. 

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 Boulder Faculty Assembly is pleased to announce the winners for the 2023 Excellence Awards!


Excellence in Leadership and Service

  • Cassandra Brooks, Environmental Studies
  • Janet Donavan, Political Science

Excellence in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Work

  • Meredith Betterton, Physics
  • Benjamin Teitelbaum, Music & International Affairs

Excellence in Teaching

  • Nicole Jobin, Stories & Societies RAP and History
  • Charles Nuttelman, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Michele Simpson, Philosophy Arts and Culture RAP


2023 Excellence Awards Ceremony featuring Hazel Barnes Awardee keynote speaker Mark Ablowitz, Applied Math will take place on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. in the UMC Ballroom