Faculty Development Awards Program

The University of Iowa Faculty Development Awards Program offers paid leaves and fellowships to encourage scientific inquiry, research, artistic creation, clinical/technical expertise, and innovation in teaching.

General Principles

These general principles apply to all categories within the faculty development awards program (e.g., Professional Development Awards, Faculty Fellowships (May Brodbeck Humanities Fellowship/James Van Allen Natural Sciences Fellowship), Old Gold Summer Fellowships).

Professional Development Awards

Professional Development Awards are the heart of the university's faculty development awards program. This is a competitive program designed to encourage scientific inquiry, research, artistic creation, clinical/technical expertise, and innovation in teaching. The award usually takes the form of a single semester of paid leave.

Faculty Fellowships

Named in honor of distinguished UI faculty, these fellowships provide an opportunity for other scholars to contribute to the fields of study in which these distinguished faculty are most clearly recognized. There are two awards, the May Brodbeck Humanities Fellowship and the James Van Allen Natural Science Fellowship, awarded in alternate years.

Old Gold Summer Fellowships

Old Gold Summer Fellowships provide faculty on nine-month appointments with funding for summer work on an approved developmental project.

UI Faculty Awards

Learn more about other honors awarded by the Office of the Provost, Council on Teaching, Division of Student Life, Faculty Senate, Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Iowa Mid-Career Faculty Scholar Award

The Iowa Mid-Career Faculty Scholar Award recognizes outstanding UI faculty members with the goal of developing and supporting a cadre of UI scholars across a broad array of academic disciplines.

Named Faculty Positions

Named faculty positions provide an opportunity to honor the academic achievements of selected faculty candidates while recognizing the generosity of donors to the academic enterprise.

University of Iowa Distinguished Chair

The University of Iowa Distinguished Chair recognizes and rewards exceptional University of Iowa scholars of national and international distinction who are contributing to the institution, the state of Iowa, and beyond through their research, teaching, and/or scholarship.

Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professorship Program

The Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program brings distinguished teachers and scholars from the United States and abroad to the UI campus. 

Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service

The Brody Award is named in honor of the late Michael J. Brody, former president of the UI Faculty Senate. It recognizes outstanding faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the UI and the community.

Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

The Regents Award for Faculty Excellence provides a state-wide forum in which the excellence of faculty members is recognized and shared with colleagues from other Regents institutions.

Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy

The Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy, given annually by the Office of the Provost, honors University of Iowa administrators and staff who support undergraduate education and who serve as strong, effective advocates for undergraduate students.

Hubbard-Walder Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Hubbard-Walder Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes faculty who have participated in a rich variety of university teaching (e.g., undergraduate, graduate or professional, classroom, one-on-one) and who have contributed to curriculum and/or program development. 

President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence

The President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence represents the highest level of achievement in teaching given at the University of Iowa.

Teaching in Higher Education Travel Award

The Teaching in Higher Education Travel Award supports faculty members (clinical, tenure-track/tenured, and instructional track) and P&S staff members who require support to attend a conference related to teaching in their discipline or in higher education in general.

Research Funding Opportunities

Information regarding external and internal funding opportunities and limited submission competitions are available through the Office of the Vice President for Research

Scholar of the Year

The faculty Scholar of the Year award celebrates nationally recognized recent achievement in outstanding research, scholarly and/or creative activities by tenure- and/or research-clinical-track faculty members within the previous 24 month period.

Early Career Scholar of the Year

The Early Career Scholar of the Year award honors assistant professors in tenure-track, research-track or clinical-track positions at the University of Iowa who are currently involved in research, scholarship and/or creative activity and show promise of making a significant contribution to their field.

Leadership in Research Award

The Leadership in Research Award is a lifetime achievement award recognizing research and scholarly accomplishments over a career.

Distinguished Achievement in Publicly Engaged Research Award

The Distinguished Achievement in Publicly Engaged Research award recognizes an individual faculty member who has put addressing public needs and direct engagement with the public, in the service of improving quality of life through research, at the forefront of his or her academic activities.

Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Humanities Research

The Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Humanities Research Award recognizes distinguished achievement in humanities scholarship and work in the creative, visual, and performing arts.  

Faculty Communicating Ideas Award

The Faculty Communicating Ideas Award recognizes excellence in communication about research and scholarship in the sciences and humanities and the study of creative, visual and performing arts to a general audience directly or via print and electronic media. 

Advancing Understanding in DEI Award

The Advancing Understanding in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Award recognizes research, scholarship, or creative expression conducted within the past three-year period that advances our understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Distinguished Mentor Award

The Distinguished Mentor Award recognizes the work that mentors put in to make their student's experiences successful.

Innovation in Safety Award

The Innovation in Safety Award celebrates exceptional and ground-breaking innovations that advance safety at the University of Iowa.

M. L. Huit Faculty Award

The Marion L. Huit Faculty Award recognizes a faculty member who best characterizes M. L. Huit's contributions to university and community life, exemplifying the qualities of dedication to, concern for, and interaction with students. 

James N. Murray Faculty Award

The James N. Murray Award honors an untenured faculty member, typically a younger scholar with less than six years of UI service, who has demonstrated outstanding rapport with students and who creates an exemplary classroom atmosphere.