Toulouse Scholar Award


The Toulouse Scholars Award is designed to recognize the outstanding teaching and scholarly or creative achievements of members of the University of North Texas faculty and thereby to honor the distinguished contributions of Robert B. Toulouse to the university. 

Awards will be presented to faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in teaching and/or scholarly and creative activities to enable them to further their contributions in one or both of these areas. Any faculty member may nominate a colleague that they believe meets the criteria.

Selection Process/Eligibility: 

All full time, tenured faculty members who are full members of the Graduate Faculty and who are not previous recipients of a Toulouse Scholars Award are eligible to be nominated.  It was the intent of the Toulouse Scholars Fund Raising Committee to insure that over time, the Toulouse Scholars Award would be made to outstanding individuals from a variety of academic areas.  Thus, this award cannot be given to faculty members who belong to the same voting group district for three years following the effective date of the award.

Additionally, this award cannot be given to faculty members in the same department as the previous five Toulouse Scholars. Thus faculty in Physics, Radio Television & Film, Information Technology and Decision Sciences, Biology, and Chemistry departments may not be nominated.

Past Recipients:


Faculty Member



Deborah Rohwer

Music Education


Audhesh Paswan

Marketing & Logistics


Angela Wilson



Sam Atkinson



Victor Prybutok

Information Technology and Decision Science


Alan Albarran

Radio, Television & Film


Floyd McDaniel


Award Amount:
The awarded faculty member will receive $2,000.00. Award recipients may use designated funds at their discretion to enhance or further their research activities.

Selection Criteria:  The primary purpose of the Toulouse Scholars Award is to recognize outstanding teaching and/or scholarly and creative achievement.  The recipient should clearly have the potential to make further contributions in one or more of these areas.

Selection Committee: The selection committee will be composed of the elected faculty representatives of the Graduate Council, representing each of the eight Senate voting groups.  The dean of the graduate school will preside over the committee, voting only to break a tie.

Selection Process: Nominations may be made by any UNT faculty member and should include a nominating letter and vita.  Nominating letters should demonstrate the nominee's eligibility for the award through evidence of (1) outstanding performance in teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level and/or scholarly and creative activity, and (2) the nominee's potential for future distinguished achievement. 

The selection committee will conduct a preliminary screening of nominations to insure that the minimal criteria of eligibility are met. The committee may request access to departmental records concerning any nominee's performance both as a scholar and teacher, and to records in the Office of Research and Economic Development concerning the nominee's grant history.

The Toulouse Scholar Award recipient will be recognized at the Salute to Faculty Excellence dinner and ceremony.