Cardon Academy for Teaching Excellence

The Bart Cardon Academy for Teaching Excellence was established in 2010 to promote, recognize, discuss, support, and celebrate teaching excellence, with the goal continually improving the academic programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). The Academy was established through an endowment made by a CALS graduate who was particularly thankful and appreciative for the background and mentoring he received from instructors and advisors in the College. He named the Academy for one outstanding teacher and advisor, Dr. Bart Cardon, who was particularly inspirational.

The Academy affirms that teaching is a significant intellectual/scholarly activity, and helps advance models of teaching that foster deep and lasting understanding by students. Fellows in the Academy provide a variety of services to the teaching mission of the College, including sponsoring teaching workshops, mentoring new faculty and Teaching Assistants, promoting and evaluating recipients of teaching awards, and generally providing guidance to those interested in improving their teaching effectiveness. In addition, Fellows may also provide guidance to the Office of Career and Academic Services on faculty development and curriculum, by providing advocacy, service, and advice on teaching matters.

Fellows in the Academy are consistently recognized for extraordinary teaching and service at departmental, college, university, regional, and/or national levels. Membership in the Academy is not just honorific, but there is the expectation of active service in Academy programs and workshops.

Current Bart Cardon Fellows

Betsy Arnold

  • Professor and Curator, RLG Mycological Herbarium, School of Plant Sciences
  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Genetics GIDP

James Hunt

  • Assistant Dean, Career and Academic Services
  • Assistant Professor of Practice, Family and Consumer Sciences

Matthew Mars

  • Assistant Professor, Agricultural Leadership / Innovation

Mitch McClaran

  • Associate Director, Experiment Station Strategy – Rangelands
  • Professor, Range Management
  • Director for Research, Santa Rita Experimental Range
  • Professor, Arid Lands Resources Sciences – GIDP
  • Professor, Global Change - GIDP

Dennis Ray

  • Professor, Plant Science
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Faculty Associate, Academic Programs
  • Professor, Arid Lands Resource Sciences - GIDP

Jennifer Ricketts

  • Assistant Professor of Practice, Nutritional Sciences

Robert Torres

  • Professor & Department Head, Agricultural Education
  • Endowed Professor, Neely Family
  • Professor, Arid Lands Resource Sciences - GIDP

Paul Wilson

  • Professor, Agricultural-Resource Economics
  • University Distinguished Professor

Tom Wilson

  • Associate Professor of Practice, Soils, Water & Environmental Science
  • Associate Professor, Honors Interdisciplinary Faculty

Emeritus Bart Cardon Fellows

Randy Burd

Wanda Howell

James Knight

James Riley

Call for Fellow Nominations

The Cardon Academy for Teaching Excellence is pleased to announce the call nominations for new Fellows is now open! Please see the nomination memo for information on the Academy, Fellow criteria, and the nomination process. Nominations are should be sent electronically to James Hunt, CATE Membership Coordinator (jeh@email.arizona.edu). The deadline for submitting nominations is March 1, 2018. 

Upcoming Workshops & Events

PROMOTION GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSORS OF PRACTICE (Career Track) FACULTY

Date: Friday, April 13

Time: 11:30am to 2:00pm

Location: Rincon Room, Student Union

When should I start thinking about being promoted?
What are the criteria for promotion?
Who will see my promotion packet?

These questions and many others will be answered in this interactive workshop that will focus on CALS promotion policies and procedures for Career Track Faculty.

Since lunch will be served, please RSVP to Cecilia Mazon (cmazon@cals.arizona.edu) by Wednesday, April 4. Hope to see you there!

Teaching Resources

TA 101 Fall 2017 Workshop slide deck

Teaching Portfolio Spring 2018 Workshop outline and resources

Teaching Portfolio Spring 2018 Workshop slides

Promotion Guidelines for Professors of Practice (Career Track) Faculty Spring 2018 Workshop slides

Bart Cardon Teaching Awards

Bart Cardon Early Career Faculty Teaching Award

The Bart Cardon Early Career Faculty Teaching Award was created to recognize and honor unusual dedication and outstanding performance by a member of the CALS teaching faculty who is within their first 5 years of teaching at the university. The award is given annually, provided a suitable candidate is available. A plaque and a check for $1,000 are presented at the CALS Fall 2017 Luncheon on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Past recipients:

  • 2009: Randy Burd
  • 2010: Melissa Curran and Emily Butler
  • 2011: Ying Huang
  • 2013: Melissa Barnett
  • 2014: Rebecca Mosher
  • 2015: Tanya Quist
  • 2016: Matthew Mars
  • 2017: Veronica Mullins and Richard Rosen

Bart Cardon Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award

The Bart Cardon Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award was created to recognize and honor unusual dedication and outstanding performance by a member of the College teaching faculty who has been teaching at the university for more than 15 years. The award is given annually, provided a suitable candidate is available. A plaque and a check for $1,000 are presented at the CALS Fall 2017 Luncheon on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Past recipients:

  • 2009: Mitch McClaran
  • 2010: Roy Ax
  • 2011: Dennis Ray
  • 2012: John Marchello
  • 2013: James Knight
  • 2015: Steve Smith
  • 2016: Bill Mannan

David E. Cox Faculty Teaching Award

The David E. Cox Faculty Teaching Award was created to recognize and honor unusual dedication and outstanding performance by a member of the teaching faculty. The award is given annually, provided a suitable candidate is available. A plaque and a check for $1,000 will be presented at the CALS Fall 2017 Luncheon on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Past recipients:

  • 2009: Susan Koerner
  • 2010: Tom Wilson
  • 2011: Betsy Arnold
  • 2012: Jennifer Rickets
  • 2013: Barry Pryor
  • 2014: S. Patricia Stock
  • 2015: Martha Hunter
  • 2016: Joan Curry and Tanya Quist
  • 2017: Rachel Gallery