October 22, 2020

TO: UNCG Faculty and Staff

RE: O. Max Gardner Award Nominations

I am writing on behalf of the O Max Gardner Award committee to ask that you assist us with the nomination process for the 2021 award. The Gardner Award is awarded by the UNC Board of Governors and has been given annually since 1949. The award was established to recognize faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” The Board of Governors solicits nominations from UNC campuses in the fall semester each year, and a BOG committee decides on the system-wide winner during the spring semester. The winner receives a cash prize and recognition at the May BOG meeting. Those chosen in the past have been persons who have made notable contributions of national or international scale. Information about last year’s winner may be found at 2020 O. Max Gardner Award Winner.

The role of our UNCG Faculty Senate-based committee is to solicit nominations, recommend the campus nominee to the Provost and Chancellor, and assist with preparation of the nomination materials that are put forward to the Board of Governors.

One thing to note about the award criteria: the award is based on the significance of accomplishments made during the past year. Of course, big accomplishments almost always arise after an extensive history of work. So, don’t discount putting forth a nominee whose long-standing work has culminated in an interesting way over the past 12 months (we can put forth nominees multiple times).

For more information on our past nominees, our committee, and the nomination process, please visit the Provost’s O. Max Gardner Award information page.  The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, November 23, 2020.

Feel free to forward this to others; nominations are encouraged from all on campus. If you have any questions, committee member contact information may be found here.