George Barbour Award for Good Faculty-Student Relations

Student or Alumni Nomination Deadline: October 3, 2023

Faculty Application Deadline: November 20, 2023


George Barbour, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at UC from 1938-58, was one of the most beloved teachers of his time. After his retirement, Barbour’s students honored him by creating the George Barbour Award, given to faculty who best exemplify good faculty-student relations. The George Barbour Award focuses on mentoring and good faculty-student relations.

Criteria and Eligibility

  • Nominees must be in at least the seventh year of full-time teaching at the University of Cincinnati. 
  • Although there are no absolute criteria as to what constitutes the furtherance of good student-faculty relations, the following list is suggested for consideration: 
    • Demonstrates an involvement with students in and out of class. 
    • Demonstrates an involvement with student groups and activities and has a history of doing so. 
    • Demonstrates a genuine concern about students' current and long-range development. 
    • Demonstrates a sensitivity to individual differences and to multicultural needs of students. 
    • Demonstrates a working knowledge of information related to advising, course requirements, registration, etc. 
    • Demonstrates a commitment to mentoring, even after the student graduates.  
    • Has earned the respect and trust of students and is genuinely concerned with individuals. 
  • A nominee may be a candidate for only one award: if a person is nominated for both the Cohen Award and the Barbour Award, the nominee must choose the award for which he/she/they wishes to be considered. 
  • By tradition, individuals who have previously won these awards have been considered ineligible to win the same award a second time. 

Recognition and Award

Recipients are recognized at the UC Faculty Awards Ceremony, receive a plaque and an award of $2,000, and have their names added to the Hall of Achievement in the TUC.


  • Having won the George Barbour Award does not preclude winning the Mrs. A.B. “Dolly” Cohen Award 
  • Individuals who were nominated in the past, but did not win, may be nominated again, but are encouraged to update their files 
  • Nominations from previous years are not automatically carried over to the next year without new nominations 

Nomination and Submission Guidelines

Nomination Submission Deadlines

  • (Students or Alumni) Nomination Materials Due: Tuesday, October 3, 2023
  • (Nominated Faculty) Dossier Submissions Due: Monday, November 20, 2023

Nomination Package Submission Process

Nominations may come only from students and alumni and must not be solicited by faculty or administrators. Nominations should be submitted through the Barbour Award Nomination Form.

Once the nominee’s eligibility is confirmed, they will be informed of the requirement for an electronic dossier to be compiled and submitted.

Nominated faculty may then submit a single PDF electronic dossier file before the deadline using the Faculty Application for the Barbour Award Form.

Nomination Dossier Required Contents

The electronic dossier, which must be submitted electronically in a single PDF format should consist of the following documentation in the order indicated:

  • The department head and/or college dean cover letter 
  • The student/alumnus(a) nominating letter(s)/form(s) 
  • In addition to the items listed above, no more than 25 numbered pages containing 
    • A 1–3-page reflection, written by the nominee, that describes the specific ways the nominee has created or promoted good student-faculty relations at UC 
    • An abbreviated personal vita, stating past and current faculty status not to exceed 3 pages 
    • A list (not necessarily complete) of courses taught at UC 
    • A summary of numerical and/or written class evaluations (optional) 
      • Evaluations from students and peers outside the nominee's area are useful. 
    • Quotations (not paraphrases) from student letters/comments with examples of at least three and not more than five complete letters. 
      • Dates should be included on letters whenever possible 
    • Quotations (not paraphrases) from peer letters/comments with examples of at least three complete and not more than five letters. 
      • Dates should be included on letters whenever possible 
    • Any additional evidence felt important, e.g. involvement with students outside of class or with student groups, publications related to teaching, etc. 
  • An Appendix: 
    • All documents from which quotations are taken must be included in their entirety as the electronic appendix 
    • The electronic appendix does not count in the 25-page limit on the dossier 
    • Since the dossier itself is the primary basis for the evaluation of a nominee's qualifications, the appendix serves only as a supplement 
    • The committee strongly suggests that nominees avoid the temptation to inflate the dossier by placing either redundant or extraneous material in the appendix 
    • There is no relationship between the size of the appendix and winning an award 
    • Copies of books and offprints of articles should be not included in the dossier 
    • The evaluation Committee is under no obligation to consider appended materials