Presented each year during Spring Commencement, the Benjamin Harrison Medallion Award is one of the most significant recognitions Miami has to offer faculty for contributions attesting to qualities of teaching, research, and/or service. One side of the medallion given to the recipient is a likeness of Benjamin Harrison, the 1852 Miami graduate who became 23rd president of the United States, serving from 1889-1893. The other side reads, "For Outstanding Contribution to the Education of the Nation."
Nominees for this award must meet the following criteria:
Nominees typically hold the rank of professor with at least eight (8) years of service to Miami, exemplifying the best in the teacher-scholar model. Typically, recognition of influence beyond his/her primary discipline will be evidenced by distinction in endeavors that have served the profession, the university, the public or other disciplines exceptionally well.
Calls for nominations are issued by the Awards and Recognitions Committee, an advisory committee of University Senate. Nominations for this award must address the criteria mentioned above and must include the nominee's current CV.