Best Teacher Awards

About the Program

The Colorado State University Alumni Association recognizes outstanding Colorado State University educators each year with Best Teacher Awards.

The teachers are nominated by students and alumni and are selected by a committee comprised of faculty, students, and members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 awards. Nominate a teacher today! 


2015 Recipients

Read about the recipients in Source.

Mark Fiege, Ph.D.
College of Liberal Arts


Karen Gebhardt, Ph.D. (M.A. ’03, Ph.D. ’11)
College of Liberal Arts


Marie Legare, Ph.D.
Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences


Brenda K. Miles
School of Social Work
College of Health and Human Sciences


Eric Milholland, Ph.D. (B.S. ’97, B.S. ’06, M.S. ’10, Ph.D. '15)
Food Science and Human Nutrition
College of Health and Human Sciences


Raoul Reiser, Ph.D. (Ph.D. ’00)
Department of Health and Exercise Science
College of Health and Human Sciences


Past recipients

Nomination Guidelines

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Best Teacher Awards. Click here to fill out an online nomination form. The deadline is February 8, 2016. If you have questions, please contact the Alumni Association at (970) 491-6533 or

Nominated teachers/professors must be current Colorado State University faculty/staff members. Selections are based on complete nomination forms that demonstrate the specific examples of how the teacher/professor influences students inside the classroom and beyond, and how the teacher/professor demonstrates a commitment to CSU.

Additionally, please note:

  1. Past Best Teacher Award recipients are not eligible. See a list of past recipients.
  2. Incomplete and/or vague nominations will NOT be considered.
  3. The quality of nominations will take precedence over the quantity of nominations for a particular teacher/professor.
  4. Nominations may be shared with nominees (after awards program has taken place), relevant departments, and/or the media.


Contact the Alumni Association at (800) 286-2586 or