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Calvin S. & JeNeal N. Hatch Prize in Teaching

Deadline: October 15, 2021


The Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Prize in Teaching is provided by an endowment given to the University of Utah by Mr. and Mrs. Hatch. The purpose of the prize is to recognize an outstanding teacher at the University of Utah and to “make a contribution to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge, and to improve our ability to communicate with each other.”

Eligible faculty members must be from Tenure-line faculty ranks. Previous recipients of the Hatch Prize are not eligible for nomination. Recipients of other University-wide teaching awards must wait five years prior to being eligible for consideration.


The prize will be awarded for excellence in teaching over an extended period of time. The prize is usually awarded to an outstanding faculty member who has been teaching at the University of Utah for at least 20 years. The Committee recognizes aspects of teaching such as: increased learning by students, unusual motivation and stimulation of students to seek greater learning, evidence of unusual concern for students, development of innovative methods, introduction and inventiveness of new courses, noteworthy expertise in a given field of study, effectiveness of presentation, and other exemplary contributions to university education.


The prize is $5,000 to be disbursed as the recipient chooses. For example, the amount may be entirely in cash, a combination of cash and a drawing account in support of the recipient’s teaching activities, or a combination of $2,000 cash and one semester of released time from regular teaching responsibilities for the recipient to engage in activities in support of teaching. During the period of release time, the recipient might: develop innovative teaching methods, update courses, increase mastery of a discipline, incorporate recent discoveries into courses, travel to broaden the recipient’s background, study at another university, and other activities that would help enhance the educational experience of University of Utah students.


Nominations may be submitted by any department, college, academic organization of the University of Utah, or by any student, alumnus/alumna, or any individual member of the University community.

Nominators should submit the following, using the Hatch Prize Nomination Form:

  • A letter of nomination (not to exceed two pages) that summarizes the accomplishments and contributions of the nominee, including evidence of contributions like those listed in the next section.
  • A complete curriculum vitae of the nominee.
  • A list of three persons who would be willing to write letter of support.

After an initial screening, letters of reference for the finalists will be solicited by the selection committee. Letters of reference are not to be included with the nomination. Please do not ask multiple people to submit nomination forms. Only one form is needed, and letters of support will be solicited at a later date.

Nominations must be submitted by October 15, 2021.
If you have any questions, please email or call 801-581-8661. Awards will be announced upon approval of the Academic Senate and Board of Trustees in February 2022.

Hatch Prize in Teaching Recipients


Step 1

Download and save the Hatch Nomination Form. When the nomination form is completed, return to the Teaching Committee website and proceed to Step 2.

Step 2

After completing the nomination form, submit the nomination at the Hatch Nomination Submissions page.