Thomas Jefferson Award

The University of Colorado Thomas Jefferson Awards honors students, staff and faculty members who advance the ideals of Thomas Jefferson, which include:

  • broad interests in literature, arts and sciences, and public affairs;

  • a strong concern for the advancement of higher education;

  • a deeply seated sense of individual civic responsibility; and

  • a profound commitment to the welfare and rights of the individual.

Nominees should be members of the teaching community, the student body, or the classified or professional exempt staff whose achievements reflect superior performance in their normal work or scholarship and notable participation in humanitarian activities.

Past Thomas Jefferson Award Recipients

Nominations must be received by December 5, 2014

Nomination Materials

The nomination packet is limited to 25 pages (including the cover letter) and must include a current résumé and at least three supporting letters. Cover letters should address all the award criteria, especially service performed outside of the normal course of the nominee’s duties. The selection committee is composed of faculty, staff, and students from all campuses and makes its collective decision based solely on the materials provided by the nominator. It is the nominator’s responsibility to ensure that these requirements are met.  Self-nominations are not allowed.

History

The award was first established at the University of Virginia in 1951 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation to honor teaching faculty who exemplified the humanistic ideals associated with the country’s third president. By 1962, six other institutions had established a Jefferson Award, including the University of Colorado. In 1980, the University added a student category, and in 1988, the staff category was approved. Funds for the awards are derived from earnings on an endowment provided by the McConnell Foundation and from a bequest by Harrison Blair, a University of Colorado alumnus. The Jefferson Award is one of the University’s highest honors.

Nomination Submission

Please submit your nomination packet as a single PDF document to AcademicAffairs@cu.edu.

Please contact Academic Affairs with questions regarding the Thomas Jefferson Award.