Month: December 2016

The Provost’s Outstanding Service Award

The Provost’s Outstanding Service Award is designed to honor and recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in service to the University of Connecticut that far exceeds reasonable expectations of their positions. The award will honor faculty whose volunteer service (i.e., not that assigned as part of one’s job description or expectations in teaching, research or assigned service) is exemplary in enhancing the University’s mission in teaching, research, service, or engagement. Ordinarily, the awards would be bestowed on those whose service is voluntary, individually or on committees. The case should be made in the formal nomination and in supporting letters, that the nature of the service goes beyond promoting one’s own research or teaching, or extending service through extension activities.

By honoring such individuals, the University demonstrates its commitment to service as an activity essential to its mission and to its governance, provides incentive for faculty to pursue activities that enhance the quality of their service, and emphasizes the importance of outstanding service.

Normally, there will be up to two awards each year. Recipients of the Provost’s Outstanding Service Award will be current UConn faculty who have extraordinary records of service in committees and/ or university volunteer activities.

Submission Procedure

Nominations are due to Brandon Murray ( by 15 February each year. The recipient(s) of the award and the other applicants, will be notified of the Awards Committee’s decision in writing no later than 20 March and honored in April each year at a reception organized by the Provost’s Office.

Nomination Materials

  • One Letter of Nomination that details in what ways the faculty member has made long term (the Nominee must have been employed at the University of Connecticut for at least five years), and extraordinary service contributions to the University. Self nominations will normally not be accepted.
  • List of the Service Contributions the nominee has made to the University, with various kinds of service distributed among categories.
  • A minimum of two additional Letters of Support (in addition to the Letter of Nomination) from persons who have the ability to judge the significance of the nominee’s service contributions. Of course, letters from outside the nominee’s department or college/school could provide more evidence of notable service.
  • An individual may receive this award once.

Awards Committee

Strong contributors to University Service, including one person who has been a past Service Award recipient.



Hedley Freake, Nutritional Sciences

Ernesto (“Ernie”) Zirakzadeh, Political Science