FAQ: U.S. Professors of the Year

Who can be a nominator?

Self-nominations and nominations by students are not accepted. A nominator must be a colleague of the candidate or an administrator at the candidate's institution.

Can I nominate more than one person?

Yes. Each institution may nominate up to three professors.

Can I renominate someone from last year?

Yes. Our online system allows you to renominate anyone you nominated in the previous year. For more information, please see our Entry Instructions.

My nominee has been on sabbatical. Is s/he still eligible?

Nominees must have taught at the undergraduate level, part- or full-time, for at least one semester during the 2014-2015 academic year. For more information, please see the 2015 U.S. Professors of the Year brochure.

My nominee is a previous state winner. Can I renominate him/her?

Individuals can win in their state only once but may reapply to enter the national level at any time.

My nominee is a previous state winner but has since moved to another institution. Can I renominate him/her?

Previous state winners who have moved to an institution in another state may reapply at the state level.

How much does it cost?

The entry fee is $95 per candidate.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for the U.S. Professors of the Year program is April 13, 2015. All unfinished or unsubmitted nominations after this date will not be considered.

Can I send in my entry materials through the mail or email?

No. All entry materials must be submitted online to be considered by the judges.

Will I be notified during the submission process?

Yes. You will receive a confirmation message once you begin the nomination process that includes the deadline for submissions and a "My Award Nominations" link that will allow you to complete the submission and payment process for your convenience. Please note that the professor(s) you are nominating will also receive an email that simply confirms that you have started the nomination process. No action is required on his/her part.

How long should supporting letters be?

Supporting letters should be no longer than two pages.

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What kind of files should I upload?

We recommend and would prefer to receive PDF documents.

Can I edit files once I upload them?

You will not be able to edit a file once it is uploaded. However, if at any point you need to edit your entry materials, you may delete an uploaded file and upload a corrected version to our site.

When will the winning professors be notified?

The awards program will notify national and state winners no later than mid-September.

I'm having trouble nominating or renominating my professor on the application site. What should I do?

Please refer to this step-by-step guide.

For more information, please see the 2015 U.S. Professors of the Year brochure.


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