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University of Phoenix honors faculty with Phoenix500 awards during Faculty Appreciation Week

By Sharla Hooper

Award honors top 500 faculty as selected by students and faculty colleagues

University of Phoenix is pleased to share the results of its annual Phoenix500 faculty awards, identifying the top 500 faculty for the year. The annual Phoenix500 Award is part of the Faculty Rewards & Recognition Program at the University of Phoenix and has been issued since 2020.  

“Our practitioner faculty bring hands-on experience and wisdom into the classroom for our students every day,” states John Woods, Ph.D., provost and chief academic officer at University of Phoenix. “The Phoenix500 is an opportunity to highlight their commitment to our students and recognize faculty across our programs for their commitment to providing an engaging learning experience.” 

The Phoenix500 honors the contributions of faculty across the university’s seven colleges: College of Business and Information Technology; College of Doctoral Studies; College of Education; College of General Studies; College of Health Professions; College of Nursing; and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  

“Being selected for the Phoenix500 is truly an honor for me,” states William Stewart, MBA, M.A.Ed., a full-time faculty member teaching in the College of General Studies at University of Phoenix.  

A 2023 and 2022 Phoenix500 recipient, Stewart shares, “This award is more about my students than myself as their success is the measure by which I determine how much of a positive impact I have on their learning experience and, in turn, their lives. It’s affirming to see that I am making a real difference, upholding my students’ trust in me as their instructor, and playing a role in their hard work to improve the quality of their lives through education.  The best part of earning the Phoenix500 award for me is seeing that my efforts are changing lives.” 

Faculty receiving the award must meet minimum eligibility requirements including being active and in good standing as a faculty member, earning ‘Meets Expectations’ on all elements of their most recent Faculty Performance Evaluation (FPE) and facilitating four or more courses in the last 12 months as the primary instructor. Faculty award recipients also receive a cash award to reflect the appreciation for their outstanding work. 

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