Faculty Affairs

CU System Awards

Plants near benches at Auraria CampusThe Office of Faculty Affairs facilitates the nominations for the selection of Distinguished Professors and Thomas Jefferson Awards.

Distinguished Professor Award

The CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Policy 1010: Distinguished Professorships became effective July 1. 2020. This policy was developed in accordance with the University of Colorado APS, Procedures for Implementing Regent Actions on Distinguished Professorships.

A few points:

  • Nominations for Distinguished Professor are due in the Dean's Office by March 1 each year.
  • Nominations for Distinguished Professor are due in the Chancellor’s Office by April 1 each year
  • A committee of faculty members from the Denver campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus, convened by the office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs, reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the Chancellor
  • The Chancellor sends CU Denver nominations to the President by July 1

The Thomas Jefferson Award

This University award is given to persons who advance the ideals of Thomas Jefferson, which include:

  • broad interests in literature, arts and sciences, and public affairs
  • strong concern for the advancement of higher education
  • deep seated sense of individual civic responsibility
  • profound commitment to the welfare and rights of the individual


Nominees should be members of the teaching faculty, student body, or staff (classified or professional exempt) whose achievements reflect superior performance in their normal work or scholarship and notable participation in humanitarian activities. The award is one of the University's highest honors and includes an engraved plaque and a cash honorarium for each recipient. Winners are invited to a Presidential ceremonial banquet, and the campus of the award winner provides additional recognition at commencement.

The nomination deadline occurs early in the spring semester.

The nomination packet is limited to 20 pages and must include a current resume and at least three supporting letters. More complete information on deadlines and the nomination process may be obtained from the Thomas Jefferson Awards Committee, Dwire 352, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO 80933.

Office of Faculty Affairs

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street


Denver, CO 80204


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