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Art & Artifacts Collection Policy

The purpose of this Policy is to ensure that works acquired by UIS and the University of Illinois Foundation on behalf of UIS are of high quality and inherent value and that prove complimentary to the enhancement of the educational environment and the mission of the campus. That mission is to provide a uniquely student-centered educational experience both in and out of the classroom through active learning, meaningful research and impactful civic engagement that prepares graduates to contribute fully to society.

About Our Springfield Community


The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) is a premier public university that provides students with a high-quality liberal arts education, exceptional public affairs opportunities, and outstanding professional preparation programs. UIS is one of three universities of the world-class University of Illinois system and has been ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top 10 regional public universities in the Midwest.

UIS faculty members receive awards for teaching, excellence and service

The University of Illinois Springfield held a Faculty Honors Reception on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Dennis Papini presided over the ceremony.

Four major awards – the Pearson Faculty Award, the Spencer Faculty Service Award, the Faculty Excellence Award and the Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award - were presented.

Distinguished & Endowed Professorships

A university’s faculty represents one of its most precious assets. One of the ways universities can successfully attract and retain top talent is through named professorships and endowed chairs. To receive a named professorship is a hallmark of distinction – it signifies outstanding academic achievement and conveys invaluable financial support that helps to advance high caliber work. Here you will find information about current named professors and endowed chairs, as well as lists of faculty who have held these distinguished appointments in the past.

UIS Scholarly Impact Award Guidelines


To recognize leadership, accomplishments, and excellence in scholarship activities of tenured faculty. Although the scholarship may fit traditional notions of the scholarship of discovery, applicants who exemplify scholarship of application or integration are encouraged to apply.

One award of a non-instructional assignment (NIA) is given each year, to be used the following fall or spring semester. Recipients should coordinate with their department chair/head to schedule the NIA.

UIS Outstanding Teacher Award Guidelines


To recognize the teaching accomplishments of non-tenure system faculty.

One $1,000 award for developmental purposes (conference attendance, research-related travel, commodities/supplies, subscriptions, equipment) will be given each year.

Who can be nominated?

Non-tenure system full-time faculty are eligible to be nominated for this award.

Who can make nominations?

UIS faculty colleagues may submit nominations for this award.  No self-nominations are allowed.