Academic Affairs

Gideon Hawley Teacher Recognition Award

The Gideon Hawley Teacher Recognition Award commemorates Gideon Hawley, an 1809 graduate of Union College who is distinguished historically for his leadership in education and concern for teacher development in New York State during the nineteenth century. As the first Superintendent of Public Instruction, he laid the foundations for the public elementary schools of the State. The Board of Regents appointed him Secretary in 1814, an office held for twenty-seven years. As both Superintendent and Secretary, he became a dominant figure in New York State education. He was largely responsible for the establishment of the first normal school in New York, which is now the State University of New York at Albany.

This award is usually presented on Founders Day, in late February.

Recipient for the 2024 Gideon Hawley Award - Yancey Dobbs Miller, a Chemistry Teacher at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA, nominated by Rajveer Singh '27.

To the Class of 2026 and 2027,

Consider thanking one of your secondary school teachers who made a significant difference in your education by nominating your teacher for Union’s Gideon Hawley Teacher Recognition Award, which will be presented to the selected teacher during the Founders Day Ceremony in Memorial Chapel on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

The Gideon Hawley Award is named for the 1809 graduate of Union College who was New York State's first superintendent of public education. It is awarded to secondary school teachers who have had a significant and continuing influence on the academic life of Union students.

The teacher selected and the student who nominated the teacher will be guests of the College at breakfast on the day of the ceremony. This award has become a tradition which the College celebrates the lifetime contributions of teachers to their student.

Please submit your nomination anytime between now and Friday, January 5, 2024. The NOMINATION FORM is here.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Mangano at