The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents sponsors several awards that honor the excellence of UW System staff and programs. Recipients are chosen by special committees composed of members of the Board of Regents and are honored at various times throughout the year at a Board of Regents meeting. All information regarding the nomination process for each award can be accessed on the Grants & Awards site for the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
The Board of Regents makes up to three awards annually of $5,000 each to recognize institutional change agents that foster access and success for historically underrepresented populations. The awards are made to individuals, teams, or units from UW System institutions. The program began in 2009. The Regents Diversity Awards are administered by the systemwide Office of Academic Diversity and Development.
Two $5,000 awards are given to non-instructional administrative and professional academic staff members at UW System institutions in recognition of their exceptional service to the university. In 2008, the program was expanded to make an additional $5,000 award to a non-instructional academic staff program in recognition of the important role played by academic staff in supporting students and their success. The Regents Academic Staff Excellence Awards are administered by the systemwide Office of Academic Student Services.
Regents to honor winners of 2015 Academic Staff Awards for Excellence (June 1, 2015, news release)
Two $5,000 awards are given to faculty and academic staff members at UW System institutions in recognition of outstanding career achievement in teaching. In addition, one $5,000 award is given to an academic department, program or other academic unit which demonstrates exceptional commitment to and effectiveness in teaching. The Regents Teaching Excellence Awards are administered by the systemwide Office of Instructional and Professional Development.
Regents honor outstanding UW System teachers (March 24, 2015, news release)