2018 Faculty/Staff Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 award winners!

Americans with Disabilities Act Award

No award is given in 2018

This award honors individuals whose important contributions advance education and employment opportunities for people with disabilities at The University of Montana-Missoula.

Academic Administrator Award

Peggy Nesbitt

College of Visual and Performing Arts

The Academic Administrator Award recognizes outstanding performance in the fulfillment of assigned responsibilities.

Distinguished Scholar Award

Julia Galloway

Professor, School of Art

The Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes faculty who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of research, creativity, or other scholarly activities.

Distinguished Service to International Education Award

Zen Cao

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

This award is presented to a member of the UM community who has an outstanding record of distinguished service to international education at UM.

Distinguished Teaching Award

No award is given in 2018

Associate Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

This award is bestowed on a faculty member who has exhibited a history of excellence in classroom teaching and demonstrated a quality long-term impact upon students.

Graduate Teaching Award

Lauren Foltz

Division of Biological Sciences

The Graduate Teaching Award was established by the UM Center for Teaching Excellence, the Graduate School, and the Office of the Provost to honor outstanding teaching by a graduate teaching assistant.

Montana Faculty Service Award

No award was given in 2018

The Montana Faculty Service Award recognizes a faculty member who has a history of providing superior, effective service that benefits The University of Montana.

Most Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award

Sara Rinfret

Professor, Department of Political Science

The Most Inspirational Teacher of the Year award is voted on by students in recognition of a professor who has had an extraordinary impact on their lives.

Nancy Borgmann Diversity Award

Drew Colling

Director, SARC

The Nancy Borgmann Diversity Award, named in honor of a former Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, recognizes contributions made by individuals or agencies that support the University’s mission on diversity.

Outstanding Faculty Advising Award

G.G. Weix

Professor, Department of South and Southest Asian Studies

The Outstanding Faculty Advising Award recognizes a faculty member who has contributed substantially to excellence in undergraduate academic advising.

Outstanding Service to Students Award

Linda Green

Curry Health Center

The Outstanding Service to Students Award recognizes exemplary service by staff, including academic and personal advising, to the student body.

Outstanding Service to Campus Community

Maria Mangold

Chair, Staff Senate

The Outstanding Service to Campus Community Award recognizes employees who serve campus and UM employees in an exemplary manner.

Outstanding Staff Award–Campus Interaction & Meritorious Job Performance

Denise May


This award focuses on a staff member who not only exceeds expectations within the department, but also interacts and provides service to campus, someone who creates a positive impression of his or her department by his or her spirit of service, interactions with others, and impact outside of the department.

Outstanding Staff Award–Excellence In Job Performance

Shonna Trowbridge

W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

This award focuses on a staff member who excels in all aspects of his or her position, someone who possesses an excellent work ethic and has an extraordinary impact within the department as a role model, connecting with students, staff, faculty, or administrators.

Outstanding Teamwork Award

Broadcast Media Center

Linda Talbott, Dave Dennis, Anne Hosler, Ann McDowell, Suzanne Grist

The Outstanding Teamwork Award recognizes staff from any office, unit, department, or group for working exceptionally well together to perform the assigned mission.

J.B. Speer Award for Distinguished Administrative Service

No award given in 2018

The J.B. Speer Award for Distinguished Administrative Service honors an administrator who has made an extraordinary commitment and contribution to The University of Montana.

Outstanding Mentoring Award

J. Stephen Lodmell

Professor, Department of Biochemistry

The Outstanding Mentoring Award will be granted annually to a faculty member who has contributed substantially to the career development and retention of one or more untenured but tenure-track faculty members.