The University of Colorado Denver selects annual awards for Excellence in Teaching, Service, Research and Creative Activities, and Librarianship. The schools and colleges select school- and college-level winners, who become the nominees for the campus-level awards. Committees comprised of the winners (school- and college-level, as well as campus-level) from the past two years select the campus-level winner in each category.
The winner of the Excellence in Librarianship Award is selected by the faculty in the Auraria Library.
The campus-level winners are recognized at the Commencement ceremonies in May and December, and plaques for each of them are added to the Faculty Awards Gallery in the North Classroom Building.
All winners receive one-time cash awards and are recognized and honored at the Celebration of Faculty Excellence, held in the fall.
An award for excellence in support of non-tenure-track faculty members was instituted during the 2009-10 academic year on the downtown campus. Eligibility criteria and procedures were developed by UCDALI (University of Colorado Denver Association of Lecturers and Instructors).