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John H. Buchanan Award for Excellence in Teaching

Every year, Samford University recognizes two faculty for their contributions to teaching and learning. One of those awards is the John H. Buchanan Award for Excellence in Teaching.  The selection process for this awards is delineated below.

John H. Buchanan Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • The Provost's office sends a nomination/questionnaire form along with a list of eligible current (part-time and full-time) faculty members to all senior students. To be considered for the award, nominees must be undergraduate faculty and have taught at Samford for a minimum of four years. Part-time faculty, currently teaching, must have taught at least one course each of the four years. Seniors return the completed forms to the Provost's office.
  • The Provost appoints an unannounced selection committee composed of faculty and students. This committee meets and discusses the top nominees in regards to their perceived teaching excellence.
  • The committee votes by secret ballot.
  • The Provost collects the ballots, determines the highest vote recipient, and announces the Buchanan Award winner at the fall convocation.

Past recipients of the John H. Buchanan Award

The Buchanan Award for Excellence in Teaching nomination period is open.  

Complete the Nomination Form

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