Introduced in 2009, the Norman C. Francis Faculty Excellence Awards bestow the highest honor annually to faculty members who exemplify first rate performance in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. Six awards can be granted annually with three going to faculty members who have worked at the University for seven years or less and three to faculty members more than seven years of service. During each commencement ceremony, the award winners receive a medallion specially designed and minted to convey this distinctive honor.