Faculty Awards and Recognition

The faculty at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) are some of the best and brightest in the nation. They are the backbone of the University and are the reason we can advance our mission to improve the human condition and serve the public good of Maryland and society at-large through education, research, clinical care, and service. As such, they deserved to be recognized. Below are some of the opportunities to bestow well-deserved honors to the faculty at UMB.

Distinguished University Professor Award

The Office of the Provost coordinates Founders Week. The title of Distinguished University Professor is the highest appointment bestowed on a faculty member by the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The title is a recognition not just of excellence, but also of impact and significant contribution to the nominee’s field, knowledge, profession, and/or practice.

University System of Maryland Awards

The Board of Regents Faculty Awards are the highest honor presented by the Board of Regents to exemplary faculty members within the University System of Maryland. These awards publicly recognize distinguished performance in 1) Teaching; 2) Scholarship or Research; 3) Creative Activity; 4) Public Service; and 5) Mentoring on the Part of Faculty Members.

Elkins Professorship

In this proud tradition, the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship was established in 1978 as the first permanently endowed, universitywide professorship at the University of Maryland.

The professorship is a fitting way to perpetuate the name and contributions of Wilson H. Elkins, a former Rhodes scholar who led the University of Maryland to new levels of distinction as its president from 1954 to 1978. Under Dr. Elkins’ leadership, the university grew notably in size, scope, and standing.

MPower Professorship Program

The MPower Professorship Program is a named professorship accompanied by funding to support salary, summer salary, or supplemental research activities. The program recognizes, incentivizes, and fosters collaborations between faculty at UMB and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) who are working on the nation’s most pressing issues that require collaboration between the two institutions to achieve a positive outcome.

If you have questions about the MPower Professorship Program, you can contact Adrianne Arthur, executive director, University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State, at aarthur@umaryland.edu.

Founders Week Awards

Among the highlights of the Distinguished University Professor award process is recognizing the extraordinary work of our UMB community. Four awards are given to faculty or staff members, each signifying outstanding accomplishment in one facet of UMB’s mission: David J. Ramsay Entrepreneur of the Year, Educator of the Year, Public Servant of the Year, and Researcher of the Year.