Beverly Funk Barnes Educator Excellence Award

A. Purpose

The Beverly Funk Barnes Educator Excellence Award is focused on rewarding educators who continually create new value for those they work with through dedication, passion, and creativity for the benefit of the University of Northern Iowa. Based on the principle of “Fred the Mailman” in Denver, Co., this award focuses on rewarding UNI employees whom embody the “Fred Factor.” For more on Fred the Mailman, visit these links: &

This UNI Foundation award is sponsored by the generous support of Andrea Barnes, who is “ excited to acknowledge an educator going above and beyond for now and in the future.”

B. Eligibility

Any faculty or staff who has taught a course at the University of Northern Iowa in the past three years.

C. Selection Procedures

To be considered for this award potential recipients should be nominated by a colleague or student by February 5th. All nominee materials should be submitted electronically via e-mail to should answer two of the following questions in 500 words or less for each question selected.

  1. How does the nominee make a difference at the University of Northern Iowa?
  2. Everything is built on relationships. Provide an example of how the nominee has gone above and beyond by simply interacting with students and/or colleagues to build relationships for the betterment of the UNI family.
  3. The University of Northern Iowa is often referred to as “Doing more with less.” Provide an example of how the nominee may have shown their creativity using minimal resources which resulted in a positive outcomes that benefits students or staff, and created value at UNI.
  4. One of the Fred Principles is based around “reinventing” one’s self. Provide an example of when the nominee willingly took on a new challenge or task, outside their experience or expertise in an effort to benefit the team.

The awards committee is selected by the Provost or designee in consultation with College Senate Chairs. It will consist of one representative from each college (CBA, CSBS, Library and COE), two from CHAS, and three students. The committee will review all applications and forward a recommendation to the Provost and Executive Vice President. The Committee’s recommendation shall remain confidential until the Provost and Executive Vice President announces the recipient.