Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Endowed Excellence Award

About the Award

Granted once every three years by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, this award recognizes the belief that education involves positive change and is the aggregate of all processes by means of which a person, or groups of people, develop abilities, attitudes and other forms of behavior of positive value to the society in which they participate.


Next award to be given 2022


For research, teaching, or demonstration activities that contribute to changes of positive value to society

Number of Nominations

No limit

Nominee Qualifications

This award is made every three years (next award to be given 2022). All areas of intellectual activities are within the scope of the award and any administrative unit of The University of Texas at Austin may submit as many faculty nominations as it chooses. Nominees must be current faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin.

An individual may initiate a nomination, including a self-nomination, but that nomination must be endorsed and submitted by the head of an administrative unit. If more than one nomination is made by a unit, they shall be rank ordered. Normally, the award is presented to one person, but partners in a specific activity may share it.

Nomination Materials Required

See Teaching Awards Nomination Package

Award Amount

A cash honorarium of $6,000* is awarded.

*Amount of honorarium varies depending on endowment income

Past Recipients

List of previous recipients.

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UTA 6.440, Mailcode D7600

Mailing Address

Executive Vice President and Provost

The University of Texas at Austin

1616 Guadalupe St., D7600
Austin, Texas 78701