(Dickson, Rebecca - 2022) -- Thomas Jefferson Award uri icon



  • Two University of Colorado community members have been named recipients of the 2022 Thomas Jefferson Award, among the highest honors bestowed at the state’s largest institution of higher education.

    The recipients, who will be celebrated April 13 at an awards reception, are:

    FACULTY: Rebecca Dickson, CU Boulder
    STUDENT: Ricky Abilez, CU Denver
    Named for the third U.S. president and a Founding Father who greatly influenced American arts, sciences, education and public affairs, the biennial Jefferson Award recognizes CU faculty, staff and students who demonstrate excellence in the performance of regular responsibilities at the university while also contributing noteworthy service to the broader community.

    The awardees were chosen for embodying and advancing the ideals of Thomas Jefferson: broad interests in literature, arts and sciences, and public affairs; a strong concern for the advancement of higher education; a deeply seated sense of individual civic responsibility; and a profound commitment to the welfare and rights of the individual.

    Rebecca Dickson is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric at CU Boulder, where she has served in various capacities since 1994. In this position she has demonstrated exemplary commitment to student success at any point in the educational trajectory.

    In addition to her role as a Teaching Associate Professor, Dickson has worked as the Program for Writing and Rhetoric’s (PWR) Student Affairs Coordinator for 22 years, mediating conflicts between students and faculty and showcasing her deep commitment to conflict resolution and upholding the rights of all individuals.

    Dickson also serves as the chair of the PWR Sustainability Committee, organizing public events to engage CU students and the surrounding CU community in conversations and experiences that highlight the importance of environmental sustainability.

year awarded

  • 2022