Faculty Awards

While commencement is a time primarily to mark the accomplishments of our graduating students, it also is a time when Ursinus College recognizes the distinguished achievement of a few faculty members.

Jones Advising and Mentoring Award

An adviser works in a formal advising capacity, such as first-year advising or major/minor advising. A mentor is a person who offers guidance, support, role-modeling, and advice to another person. Mentoring may include interactions related to class work; independent study, such as honors or Summer Fellows research; laboratory and/or field research; internships/externships; or applications for fellowships and/or other post-graduate work or education. Mentoring may also occur informally through meetings across campus or during office hours. The award will be given as part of the Commencement ceremonies in May. The recipient is nominated by a student, recommended by a committee composed of faculty and administrators which submits a short list to the President, who under the terms established for the award, makes a final selection. 

Lindback/Laughlin Teaching Award

For many years Ursinus has recognized faculty members for outstanding teaching by awarding the Distinguished Teaching Award. The award is given, as part of the Commencement ceremonies in May, to a full-time faculty member in recognition of teaching excellence. The recipient is selected from among faculty members nominated by students, and recommended by a faculty committee comprised of previous recipients of the distinguished teaching award. A committee of previous winners will review the nominations and recommend a short list to the President who, under terms established for the award, makes the final selection. 

Laughlin Professional Achievement Award

In 1983, Ursinus instituted a professional achievement award for faculty. The prize was initially funded through the Glenmade Faculty Development Grant, and was continued as an annual Professional Achievement Award by Henry P. Laughlin (’38). The award is given, as part of the Commencement ceremonies in May, to a full-time faculty member in recognition of their contributions to scholarship in their field. The recipient is selected through nominations from fellow faculty members, and recommended by a faculty committee comprised of previous recipients of the professional achievement award. A committee of previous winners will review the nominations and recommend a short list to the President who, under terms established for the award, makes the final selection.