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As part of the University's program to honor employee service to the University of Arizona, the Division of Human Resources hosts two events each spring, a Retiree Dinner and a Service Awards afternoon reception. These events are held to honor those who are currently retiring and those who have been employed for extended periods of time at the University of Arizona.  Frequently Asked Questions about UA Service & Retirement Awards

Service Awards Reception - The Service Awards have moved to a mid-afternoon reception event. Check in begins at 1:30 PM. Doors open around 1:45 PM, with the event starting at 2:00 PM and lasting approximately an hour and a half. Honorees unable to attend the event can pick up their award at the UA Visitor Center starting a few days after the event through the end of December.

Retiree Dinner - The Retiree Dinner check in begins at 5:00 PM. The event begins at 5:30 PM and lasts for approximately two hours.  Early each Spring, Award Coordinators are asked to verify all individuals in their department who are eligible for an award and identify those who have recently retired or are planning to retire by June 30 of that year. Employee Records staff are able to assist with employment date calculations and eligibility, and are also responsible for distributing and collecting the Service Award and Retiree reports.

For questions related to the Service Awards recognition reception and Retiree Dinner, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs and Human Resources at (520) 621-1684.


These annual awards recognizing excellence in teaching. These awards are offered through the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the University of Arizona Foundation

University Distinguished Professor - The University Distinguished Professor awards, were created in 1995 by President Manuel Pacheco to recognize faculty who have a long-term commitment to undergraduate education and have made outstanding contributions at The University of Arizona.  In addition to the title of University Distinguished Professor, this award carries a $5,000 increase to base salary.

Provost's General Education Teaching Awards - These awards are given to acknowledge extraordinary quality and creativity in the teaching of general education courses.  Up to two awards of $1,000 each.  Candidates may be nominated by students, faculty members, department heads or deans. Nominated instructors must submit supporting information and teaching documentation.

The Henry and Phyllis Koffler Prizes - The Koffler Prizes recognize outstanding accomplishment and honor individuals who have made major contributions in their fields with an emphasis on originality. One prize will be given each year.  

The University of Arizona Foundation Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award - The Sherrill Creative Teaching Award recognizes excellence in the art of teaching at all levels, with emphasis on teaching at the undergraduate level.