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2021 President’s Award Nominations


Please nominate a faculty or staff member for the 2021 UT President’s Awards today – we need your nominations by Sunday, February 21 @ 11:59pm! We’ve made it quick to SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS. You may nominate one person per category.

Read more about this prestigious award below or CLICK HERE to complete a simple nomination form now! It takes only 1-2 minutes to provide the name of a nominee and a few sentences as to how the nominee stands out in the category for which you are nominating him/her!

Nomination link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=2RNYUX1x3UWeypqhnAnW-V0Tm9XqgLtErSno4vaL5H9UQkQ4RUYxVzJEMVpEVEJNSTBBSFo2UUIxMi4u&wdLOR=c30B09402-A68A-40FD-A681-4061C5B96319

You may nominate one person per category; so, a total of 6 staff or faculty, one in each category. To do that, just re-enter the survey.

Because of excellent nominations in 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017, UTHSC faculty/staff received EIGHT of the UT President’s Awards!

  • Diversity Award: Michael Alston, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity and Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer, 2020
  • Discover Award: Robert Williams, professor and chair, Department of Genetics, Genomics, and Informatics, 2020. Karen Johnson, professor and chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, 2019. Sam Dagogo-Jack, professor in the Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, 2018. Guy Reed, then department chair of Medicine in the College of Medicine, 2017.
  • Support Award: Kathy Gibbs, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion, 2019. Steve Butler, Director of Instructional Technology in Information Technology Services, 2017.
  • Educate Award: Trevor Sweatman, professor in the department of pharmacology, College of Medicine, 2018.

Let’s get one or two more this year!

What is this about? The UT President’s Award is a system-wide awards program recognizing outstanding contributions of our faculty and staff in the areas of education, research, outreach, and support.

  • Educate: The award honors accomplishments that expand educational offerings; enhance diverse learning environments; and/or increase the number, quality or diversity of students. Accomplishments should contribute to student success in unique and beneficial ways.
  • Discover: The award honors discoveries and applications of knowledge that solve critical problems and issues; expand economic development; and/or enhance quality of life. Discoveries and applications of knowledge can be intangible, creative or innovative. Nominees should be credited with creating a legacy of discovery and collaboration among students and colleagues.
  • Connect: The award honors outreach, engagement and service efforts and programs that improve communities; quality of life of residents; and/or customer service.
  • Support (Exempt): The award honors efforts in support of educational excellence; discoveries and applications of knowledge; and outreach, engagement and service.
  • Support (Nonexempt): The award honors efforts in support of educational excellence; discoveries and applications of knowledge; and outreach, engagement and service. In 2020, an award for nonexempt employees in this category was added.
  • Diversity: The award honors the extraordinary effort of a faculty or staff member in support of the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.

What is being asked of me? We need you to nominate deserving UTHSC faculty and staff for these awards; which are considered to be the highest honor a UT employee can receive.

Thank you.

Dr. Chandra Alston, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources


Dr. Cindy Russell, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs