H.O.P.E. Teaching Award
The H.O.P.E. (Honor for the Outstanding Progressive Educator) Award was established by the KU class of 1959 to recognize the recipients’ outstanding teaching and concern for students. It is the only KU award for teaching excellence bestowed exclusively by students and is led by the Board of Class Officers. The winner is selected by the senior class members and the award is presented in the fall semester of the senior class year.
A request for nominations is sent to all KU seniors to nominate outstanding professors. Nominations are asked for typically in September/October. The top five faculty members receiving the highest number of nominations are then interviewed by members of the Board of Class Officers and the Senior Advisory Board. Finalists are invited to a reception with previous winners and students as well as a football game where the winner is announced on the field.