2018 OSU Distinguished Professor
Call for Nominations

The Provost and Executive Vice President awards the title of OSU Distinguished Professor on a competitive basis to professors who have achieved truly exceptional records nationally and/or internationally in teaching/advising; in research, scholarly, or creative work; and in outreach and service. These awards recognize outstanding academic contributions to the mission of the University. OSU Distinguished Professors are awarded a stipend to support their academic work and possess this title for as long as they remain at Oregon State University.

The title will be awarded to faculty at the rank of professor who are not only highly regarded for their previous accomplishments, but who are also expected to continue their extraordinary work. Two 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 recommendation from the college dean (no more than two pages) that articulates the rationale for the nomination, including the impact of the nominee’s academic contributions and the significance of national and international awards and scholarly society memberships. The letter must be accompanied by a narrative summary of accomplishments (no more than five pages) in teaching; research, scholarly or creative work; outreach and engagement; and service. Guidance for the narrative summary is provided below. Finally, the packet should include an abbreviated CV (roughly 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.

Evaluation Criteria

In order to qualify for the title of OSU Distinguished Professor, a faculty member must have contributed to the teaching and advising vision outlined in criterion 1; the research, scholarship, or creative activity mission outlined in criterion 2; and the outreach, engagement and service areas outlined in criterion 3. 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 seek to help selection committee members understand the breadth and significance of the nominee’s accomplishments.

Criterion 1:  Excellence and Leadership in Teaching and Advising

  • Excellence and leadership in teaching and enhancement of the educational experience of students and mentees, as reflected in awards, significant and sustained professional development, student evaluation (SET) scores, and meaningful assessment practices;
  • Mentoring of undergraduates including offering high impact learning experiences (internships, service learning, research and global learning);
  • Mentoring graduate students and/or post-doctoral trainees through to graduation and on to successful careers, providing financial support of graduate students;
  • Evidence of commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion as reflected in curriculum development, pedagogy, and mentorship.

Criterion 2:   Excellence in Research, Scholarship or Creative Activity

  • Published research (first-rate peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, book chapters, and essays);
  • Books (original works and textbooks, researched compilations, edited books);
  • Grant support (competitive, peer-reviewed research grants; industry sponsored grants and contracts; foundation grants; grants for artistry, performance activity, and composition);
  • Applied scholarly activity and technology development, including patents and commercialization activity, and high impact publicly engaged research;
  • Production, exhibition, or performance of creative work (visual or performing art exhibited or performed in high quality venues; art and design work presented in juried exhibitions; especially noteworthy performances, readings, or recordings);
  • Commissioned or collected works (commissions for creative work; works collected by public and private museums and galleries);
  • Invited symposia, plenary lectureships; invited seminars, distinguished lectureships, and participation in art and design juries at leading institutions of higher learning;
  • Awards and honors received, including membership as fellow in prestigious scholarly societies (e.g., national academies).

Criterion 3:  Excellence in Outreach, Engagement and Service

  • Awards and honors received for work in outreach and engagement, such as local, state and national awards from public and community organizations;
  • Evidence of impact and broad-based, lasting change in the community;
  • Publication of major reports, monographs, bulletins, digital materials and other information and documents that are widely used and influential in local, regional, state, national, and/or international communities;
  • Editorship of journals and organizations of panels and conferences with national and international recognition;
  • Awards and professional recognition, including holding the rank of fellow in scholarly organizations;
  • Significant committee service (elected and appointed) at department/school, college and university levels; leadership and administrative activities that have had significant impact at OSU; longstanding participation in shared governance;
  • Demonstrated leadership in advancing the University’s goals in diversity, equity and inclusion.


To submit a complete nomination packet, assemble the nomination materials in the following order and send via email as one PDF by Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

  • Cover nomination letter from college dean (no more than two pages);
  • Narrative summary of accomplishments (not to exceed five pages);
  • Nominee’s abbreviated curriculum vitae (approximately five pages).

The dean should submit the nomination PDF to Sara.Daly@oregonstate.edu. Nomination deadline: Wednesday, 10 January 2018.