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The Provost and Executive Vice President awards the title of University Distinguished Professor annually to recognize outstanding academic contributions to the mission of the University. Nominations are due no later than December 14, 2020.
2021 University Distinguished Professor
Call for Nominations
The title “University Distinguished Professor” is the highest faculty honor awarded at Oregon State University. It is conferred on OSU faculty at the rank of professor who have made pioneering contributions in their areas of expertise, achieved sustained distinction and are nationally and internationally recognized for their accomplishments. Up to three appointments may be awarded annually to faculty members who have been at the University for at least five years. Emeritus professors are not eligible, nor are administrators at the level of dean and above for as long as they are serving in a senior leadership role.
The nomination packet must include a brief letter of submission to the Senior Vice Provost, chair of the selection committee, from the college dean that indicates their support (no more than two pages). The letter must be accompanied by a narrative summary of accomplishments (no more than five pages) in teaching and advising; research, scholarly or creative work; and outreach, engagement, and/or service. Guidance for the narrative summary is provided below. Finally, the packet should include an abbreviated CV (no more than five pages).
We are committed to equity and inclusion in the nomination and selection process. Nominators should give serious attention to identifying exceptional faculty from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
In order to qualify for the title of University Distinguished Professor, a faculty member must have amassed a record of highly distinguished and ongoing contributions in the areas of teaching and advising (criterion 1); research, scholarship, or creative activity (criterion 2); and outreach, engagement, and/or service (criterion 3). While the expectation is that a University Distinguished Professor will have made—and will continue to make—significant contributions under all three criteria, the relative emphasis of each area in their record of accomplishment will vary, both in the totality of that record and over the course of their academic career. The relative emphasis should reflect the nature of the nominee’s current and past academic appointment(s) and information regarding the emphasis should be stated in the nomination packet.
Under each criterion are bulleted examples of evidence that may be used to demonstrate exceptional achievements and significant impact. The abbreviated curriculum vitae and nomination narrative should provide the selection committee a clear understanding of the breadth and significance of the nominee’s accomplishments.
Criterion 1: Excellence and Leadership in Teaching and Advising
Criterion 2: Excellence in Research, Scholarship or Creative Activity
Criterion 3: Excellence in Outreach, Engagement and Service
To submit a complete nomination packet, assemble the nomination materials in the following order:
The dean should submit the nomination PDF via the box folder assigned to their specific college no later than Monday, December 14, 2020. Please direct questions to Sara Daly at Sara.Daly@oregonstate.edu.