Excellence in Teaching Awards

Sofia University is one of the first transpersonal universities in California, founded by Robert Frager, PhD, in 1975. We continue to be a leader in transformative education by providing access to rigorous education based on transpersonal teachings and we’re dedicated to bringing our unique perspective to contemporary challenges, giving our students the tools to make a difference in their lives, careers, and communities.

Purpose and Philosophy

It is the goal of Sofia University to recognize and honor outstanding teachers on an annual basis. The Excellence in Teaching Award Year is one such method. Teachers will be nominated by students and faculty. Nominations will come from each of the two institutes at Sofia University and there will be an award for core faculty and one for adjunct faculty from each of the institutes.

Eligibility and Criteria

Eligibility and Criteria

In order to be eligible for the Excellence in Teaching Award candidates must have taught at least one course within the previous year in any of the following quarters: (Spring 2022, Winter 2022, Fall, 2021, Summer 2021).


Faculty who teach courses in more than one Institute (for example in the MBA program and MATP program) will be eligible for nomination in either Institute. Nominations may be made by both students or faculty members. Each person may only nominate one teacher for an award.


Nominations must be submitted by July 15, 2022.

Nomination Link

To nominate a faculty for an award, click on the link below!

Nomination Procedure and Selection Process

Nomination Procedure

Nominations will be accepted from Sofia University faculty and current students.

Selection Procedure

  • The final Award recipients will be selected by an Awards Committee, such as the Provost of Sofia University and to such University approvals, if any, as may be necessary.
  • Only complete nomination forms will be considered.

Selection Timeline

Nominations Open for 2022 Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are accepted from Sofia faculty and students.

Nominations Close for 2022 Excellence in Teaching Awards

Acceptance for nominations will close on July 15, 2022 for 2022 Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Nominations are Reviewed and Awardees Notified

The Awards Committee will review nominations, and award recipients will be notified by August 15, 2022.

Awardees Invited to 2022 Commencement

Recipients will be awarded at the Class of 2022 Commencement on September 17, 2022 at our Costa Mesa campus.

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