Committed to academic excellence, with an emphasis on teaching, Hanover gives the following two awards to faculty annually:
Established in 1969, a ballot of currently enrolled students and alumni from the past two graduating classes selects the Baynham Award. To be eligible, a faculty member must be in at least the fourth year of teaching at the college. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize. See past winners.
Named for the late Professor of Biology, the Karns award goes to a member of the faculty in recognition of sustained scholarly or creative achievement. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize. See past winners.
Established in 2011, Karns was the inaugural recipient; the award was re-named in his honor after his death that same year.