Academic Affairs

Faculty Awards

The Faculty Awards listed here are University-wide.  Please note that other faculty awards are made within individual schools and colleges.

Belbas-Larson Awards for Excellence in Teaching

The Belbas-Larson Awards for Excellence in Teaching is the highest honor USD bestows upon its educators. The annual award recognizes one tenured and one tenure-track faculty member at the spring commencement with a $5,000 tribute. 

Research Awards

The President's Awards for Research Excellence and Innovation & Entrepreneurship recognize outstanding research achievements by our faculty. The selections are a strong endorsement of each researcher's creativity and innovation, and an honor for the university to bestow.  


The Diversity Award recognizes significant contributions to the enhancement, support and/or furtherance of diversity. The Dream Catcher Diversity Award is presented to a faculty, non-exempt faculty or administrator who has demonstrated through deeds or action, the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King.