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Chancellor's Honors


The Chancellor's Honors Banquet is held each spring to recognize students, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Tennessee for their extraordinary achievements.

The 2009 ceremony was held April 6 at the University Center. More than 200 students, faculty, staff, and organizations were honored.

Awards Presented

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    The highest student honor, the Torchbearer is awarded to seniors who have served their Alma Mater with overall excellence.
  • Macebearer
    The highest faculty honor, the Macebearer is awarded to a faculty member who has exhibited longstanding commitment and service to the university community.
  • Academic Outreach Award
    Awarded to a faculty member whose extraordinary contributions to the public have occurred as an outgrowth of academic pursuits and are related to the university's academic mission.
  • Alexander Prize
    Awarded to a faculty member who exhibits excellence in teaching and research.
  • Alumni Outstanding Teacher Awards
    Colleagues and students nominate faculty members who exhibit excellence in the classroom.
  • Alumni Public Service Award
    These awards recognize faculty and staff members who make substantial contributions to the community and state. .
  • Angie Warren Perkins Award
    Awarded to an outstanding woman in campus governance or administration.
  • Charles R. Burchett Extraordinary Contributions to Campus Life Award
    Awarded to student organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to life on the UT Knoxville campus.
  • Excellence in Advising Award
    Awarded to full or part-time faculty and advisors exhibiting excellence in advising.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award
    Awarded to full or part-time faculty members exhibiting excellence in teaching.
  • Extraordinary Academic Achievement
    Awarded to undergraduates who exhibit extraordinary scholarship.
  • Extraordinary Campus Leadership and Service
    Awarded to graduate and undergraduate students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the university.
  • Extraordinary Community Service
    Awarded to faculty, staff, student organizations, and students who have demonstrated exceptional community service.
  • Extraordinary Customer Service
    Awarded to staff members who excel in their jobs and in their working relationships.
  • Extraordinary Graduate Student Teaching
    Awarded to outstanding graduate student teachers.
  • Extraordinary Professional Promise
    Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate professional promise in teaching, research or other contributions.
  • Extraordinary Service to the University
    Awarded to faculty, administrative-professional personnel, clerical-supporting staff, alumni, and friends who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the university.
  • Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award
    Awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to the spirit of cultural enrichment and the appreciation of differences on campus.
  • Hardy Liston, Jr. Symbol of Hope Award
    Awarded to faculty/staff/alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to the development of individuals in our society through cultivating and enriching the human mind and spirit.
  • Jefferson Prize
    Awarded to tenured or tenure-track faculty who have demonstrated excellence in research and creative activity.
  • L. R. Hesler Award
    Awarded to faculty with outstanding teaching abilities and service to the university community.
  • LGBT Ally Research Award
    Awarded to a faculty member, staff, or student who has demonstrated outstanding research, publications, and/or scholarship that focuses on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender populations and/or advances knowledge of LGBT issues.
  • LGBT Student Leadership Award
    Awarded to a student who has made outstanding contributions in educational, social, and/or political activism for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people at the university.
  • Notable UT Woman Award
    Awarded to women from three rotating categories—administrator, alumnae, faculty and staff—who have made outstanding contributions to the university.
  • Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement Awards
    Awarded to tenured or tenure track faculty members at the assistant or associate professor rank who have received national and/or international recognition in their fields and show professional promise for their research and creative achievement.

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek