In 1991 the Mathematical Association of America instituted Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics in order to honor college or university teachers who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have had influence beyond their own institutions. In 1993 the MAA Board of Governors renamed the award to honor Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo.
Each year, every Section of the MAA is invited to select a college or university teacher to be honored with a Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. A suggested procedure for the selection process is contained in the Call for Nominations template. Since each Section may modify this suggested procedure and set its own deadlines, those who plan to submit a nomination are urged to contact the secretary of the nominee's Section and also consult the Section web site.
Some sections have a two-part nomination process in which a one-page preliminary nomination form (usually page 1 of the Nomination Form) is submitted by early November. A nominations committee chooses from these and invites their nominators to prepare full nomination packets which are due sometime before early February. The winner of a Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics is announced at a special ceremony at the Spring meeting of the section, and the recipient is presented with a certificate from the MAA.
At the beginning of the academic year, each Section of the Association is invited to nominate one of its members for the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. Nominations should be sent to the Secretary of the MAA together with the required documentation by March 1. The Section nominee may be the current recipient of the Section Award for Distinguished Teaching or a previous recipient of such an award. The previous award may have been awarded by a Section other than the one submitting the current nomination. The rules of Eligibility and Guidelines for Nomination are fixed by the Committee on Haimo Awards, and the official Nomination Form must be used.
At most three Haimo Awards are given each year. At least one of these national Awards must be a current Section nominee. At most one of the Award recipients may be other than a current or past recipient of a Section Award for Distinguished Teaching.