Hilldale Awards Nominations

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Hilldale Awards and Hilldale Lecture Series are supported by the Hilldale Fund and sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Divisional Committee, Biological Sciences Divisional Committee, Physical Sciences Divisional Committee, and Social Studies Divisional Committee.

Hilldale Awards

Given annually since 1986-1987, the Hilldale Awards recognize distinguished contributions to teaching, research and service. One faculty member is honored in each division. Each recipient receives a $7,500 cash prize and is recognized at a spring meeting of the Faculty Senate.

Nominations are accepted from department chairs. If a center, institute, or other unit wishes to advance a nomination, it should coordinate the nomination with an academic department. Each department may nominate one tenured faculty member. Neither emeritus faculty nor university officials at the rank of associate dean or above are eligible for the award. A candidate who is not selected will be considered for two additional award cycles, unless the nominating department chooses to nominate another faculty member for the award.

Nominations should be addressed to the appropriate divisional committee and sent to Michaela Aust (michaela.aust@wisc.edu)

The annual application deadline will be 15 December.

Each nomination letter should be a single .pdf and should:

  • present the candidate's contributions to teaching, research and service
  • include the candidate's full curriculum vitae
  • Biological Sciences only: append up to two external letters of support

Hilldale Lecture Series

Since 1973-1974, the Hilldale Lecture Series has showcased distinguished thinkers whose contributions to contemporary culture and science have received international recognition and acclaim. One lecture is funded annually in each division. All lectures are free and open to the public. Successful nominations receive support from the Hilldale Fund of $5,000 (up to $4,000 of which may be allocated to the speaker’s honorarium, with the remainder covering allowable expenses*).

* Please note that UW-Madison's policy on air travel has changed. Effective 5 January 2015, all airfare reservations initiated by University employees must be made through Fox World Travel or Concur. This includes airfare for employees, guests, students, and group travel, both domestic and international. Effective 1 July 2015, UW employees booking airfare outside of Fox World Travel or Concur will not be reimbursed.

Nominations are accepted from chairs or directors. Multiple nominations from a department, center or program will be accepted. Lecturers should be distinguished in their fields and should be outstanding speakers who can address general audiences effectively. In addition to presenting a public talk, each lecturer generally meets in more informal settings with faculty and students of the nominating department.

Nominations should be addressed to the appropriate divisional committee and sent to Michaela Aust (michaela.aust@wisc.edu).

The annual application deadline will be 15 December.

Each nomination letter should be a single .pdf and should:

  • describe the nominee’s academic achievements
  • identify the type of audience the nominee is expected to attract
  • indicate whether the department has discussed with the nominee the likelihood that an invitation would be accepted, if extended
  • name the individual(s) in the department who will arrange logistics of the visit, Hilldale Lecture, and related events
  • name a department administrator who will administer Hilldale funds supporting the Hilldale Lecture and the presenter’s visit (please see Guidelines for Host Departments)
  • list co-sponsors (as appropriate)
  • include a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae (if available)