Published: Dec. 2, 2019

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Hazel Barnes Prize. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 28, 2020.

Hazel BarnesThe Hazel Barnes Prize is one of the most prestigious awards at the University of Colorado Boulder and focuses on the enriching relationship that occurs between teaching and research. Nominees should be regionally and nationally recognized, tenured faculty members who are outstanding teachers and who have highly distinguished records in research and scholarship over a substantial period of time at CU Boulder.

The nominator must succinctly address the relationship between these two professional responsibilities of faculty and show the apparent impact that the nominee has had on students, faculty, colleagues and the university. Reference letters supporting the nomination also must address this key interaction.

A faculty member may be nominated no more than three times during their career at CU Boulder.

How to submit a nomination

The nomination packet should be supplied as documents in pdf format with bookmarks to allow the selection committee to access different sections easily. This packet can be emailed to, brought to the chancellor’s office at 914 Broadway on a flash drive, or mailed to Office of the Chancellor (attn. Carole Capsalis), 914 Broadway, 17 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0017. Questions may be directed to Capsalis at 303-492-0318.

The nomination packet must include the following:

  • A letter of nomination that addresses the focus of the award.
  • Four to seven letters from persons both within and outside the University of Colorado who can evaluate the applicant's contributions (letters from friends of the nominee also may be included).
  • curriculum vitae of the nominee, up to 20 pages.
  • FCQs of the nominee for the last seven years—please provide the summary sheet only
  • Student letters (4-6 total) supporting the nominee’s outstanding teaching record are encouraged to strengthen the nomination. These can include graduate, undergraduate, current and alums.
  • Reprints of the five most important publications of the nominee, two of the applicants most important books or examples of creative work, artistic endeavors, musical and or theatrical performances, etc., of the nominee. The nominator should highlight the scholarly contributions of the research or creative work.

The most thoughtful preparation of the file will consist of a scrupulous adherence to the stated criteria of the award, which will significantly influence how the committee reads the file and therefore will consequently affect the outcome of the competition.

The recipient of the 2020 Hazel Barnes Prize will receive an engraved university medal and a monetary prize of $20,000. The winner will be announced in March 2020. Get more information on past recipients of the Hazel Barnes Prize.