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Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

The winner receives a one-time stipend of $5,000 and a framed citation.

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Origin of the Award

This award, created in 1997, acknowledges a lifetime of contributions to a broad range of teaching and learning activities, particularly mentoring beyond the classroom. It rewards those who help students develop and attain their full potential in important ways during and after their departure from campus. Dean Smith, long-time coach of the men’s basketball team, was the first winner of the award and exemplifies the qualities that this award honors.


  • Faculty and staff who teach or work in clinical settings, libraries, or the School of Government are eligible, and those who work with student groups, direct student centers, or coach athletic teams. Awards are given university-wide and may include individuals from professional schools, Health Affairs, and Academic Affairs. Nominees do not have to be members of the permanent faculty.
  • Individuals who have received this award within the last five years are not eligible. Check the list of previous winners to be sure.

Selection procedure

  • The committee will screen applications and select finalists for further consideration.
  • Screening of finalists may include interviews with deans or department chairs, reading of student evaluations, and telephone interviews of randomly selected students.
  • The committee will forward its recommendations to the Chancellor.