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Faculty & Staff Convocation

Convocation is a time for the university community to come together and officially usher in the academic year by celebrating academic and service honorees, selected by their peers, to be awarded for their achievements.

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Recipients of the President’s Medal, President’s Distinguished Service Awards, Distinguished University Professors, Distinguished Scholar-Teachers, Sharon La Voy Data Impact, and Kirwan Teaching Awards are recognized at Convocation.

Convocation 2023 Program


President’s Medal

The President’s Medal is the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the university community. It is intended to recognize extraordinary contributions to the intellectual, social, and cultural life of Maryland.
  • Gloria Aparicio Blackwell 

Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize

This prize is presented annually to a member of the faculty in recognition of a highly significant work of research, scholarship or artistic creativity that has been achieved within the past three years. 
  • Donald Milton

Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award

This prize is presented annually in recognition of the faculty or staff member who has made exceptional contributions to the quality of undergraduate education at the university. 
  • Madlen Simon

President's Distinguished Service Award

The President’s Distinguished Service Awards recognize exceptional performance, leadership and service by members of the university staff. The recipients of this award have a record of exemplary performance and distinctive contributions to the operation of an administrative, academic, research or service unit on campus. 
  • Claudia Funes
  • Brian Horick
  • Ramsey Jabaji
  • Valerie LaHoud
  • David Mitchell
  • Heather Teitelbaum

Sharon La Voy Data Impact Award

The Sharon A. La Voy Data Impact Award recognizes faculty or staff members who have made exceptional contributions to the University of Maryland community through effective utilization of institutional data.
  • Kate Siplon Blanch

Provost’s Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty

The Provost's Excellence Awards for Professional Track Faculty honor consistently excellent contributions from full-time faculty who have served for at least five years and do not have nor are eligible for tenure. Honorees are recognized in one of the three core areas of academic activity: teaching, research and service.
  • Joe Bailey
  • Hilary Bierman
  • Evelyn Canabal-Torres
  • Brian Connor
  • Nazish Salahuddin
  • Jason Smith
  • Julie Taddeo

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Winners of the Distinguished Scholar-Teacher awards represent a broad range of academic excellence. The program honors tenured faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments as educators. Each scholar will present a lecture during the school year. 
  • T. Leigh Anenson
  • Daniel Chazan
  • Don DeVoe
  • Julie Greene
  • Paul Jaeger
  • Chris Laskowski
  • Valerie Orlando
  • Scot Reese
  • Efrain Rodriguez

Distinguished University Professor

The highest honor the university bestows, this title is conferred in recognition of extraordinary achievement as a teacher, scholar, and public servant. 
  • Ralph Dubayah
  • Sharon Fries-Britt
  • Liangbing Hu
  • Matthew Kirschenbaum
  • Tom Porter
  • Sennur Ulukus
  • Lai-Xi Wang

Convocation 2022 Awardees

Convocation 2021 Awardees

Convocation 2020 Awardees

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