Mentors’ Circle

The University of Delaware has a proud legacy of being a teaching university and, accordingly, acknowledges the faculty who are distinguished by their contributions of teaching excellence and mentorship of students.

The first member of the University's faculty, The Reverend Dr. Francis Alison, was described in 1743 as "the greatest classical scholar in America." Recipients of campus awards for distinguished teaching and advising are nominated by students and alumni and affirmed by their peers. The names of those faculty members honored since the program's inception in 1960 appear on the walkway of Mentors' Circle. Two bronze plaques, placed at the entrance gates to Mentors' Circle, mark this area as a gateway to campus. Click here for a list of recipients.

Alumni are encouraged to nominate outstanding instructors and undergraduate advisors for Excellence in Teaching Awards and Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards. Nominations from students and alumni are weighed most heavily in deciding who receives these awards. The deadline is March 1. More information about the nomination process can be found by visiting the Faculty Excellence Awards website.