Hand Awards for Distinguished Faculty Achievements

The Hand Awards for Distinguished Faculty Achievements are made possible through the continued generosity of longtime trustee and alumna Dolly Hand LL.B.'49, Hon '08 and her husband, Homer Hand. Through their support of excellence in higher education, we are honored to recognize outstanding faculty.

Over the years, we have had the privilege to bestow the Hand Awards to deserving faculty, beginning as simply the Hand Award to now recognizing excellence in these categories:

Research, Creative, and Professional Activity
The Hand Award for Research, Creative, and Professional Activity emphasizes the quality of the research or creative activity, the significance of the accomplishment within the faculty member’s field, and its contribution to the intellectual vibrancy and vitality of our campus. This Hand Award recognizes that excellence is to be found in innovative as well as traditional forms of scholarship; in work that contributes to the pedagogical discussion in a discipline or across disciplines as well as work that makes original contributions to knowledge; in work that redefines disciplinary knowledge as well as in work that reinforces it; and in major community outreach projects that demonstrate substantive disciplinary or interdisciplinary knowledge.

Community Impact
The Hand Award for Community Impact celebrates the achievements of faculty serving the needs of the community, both the Stetson community and the community beyond the campus. An institution depends on its faculty to provide guidance to its students, expertise to its governance structure, leadership in its planning processes, and connections to the larger community. These kinds of service—to our academic community, to our surrounding communities and state, to our disciplines, to the world—are among our most important contributions to knowledge and our most impressive statements of our values commitments.

2017-2018 Call for Nominations

The 2017-2018 call for nominations has been announced.

2018 Hand Award Nomination Form

2018 Hand Award Fillable Cover Page

History of Recipients


Hand Award for Research, Creative and Professional Activity
Mary Pollock, Professor of English

Hand Award for Community Impact
Bonnie Holloway, Visiting Lecturer in Accounting

Hand Award Recipients 1988 to Present

College of Law Hand Award Recipients 1988 to Present

» Please note recipient titles are listed based on the date of the award and may not reflect current titles.