Distinguished University Professor

Call For Nominations

2014 Distinguished University Professor

The Office of Academic Affairs awards the permanent, honorific title of Distinguished University Professor on a competitive basis to full professors who have truly exceptional records in teaching, in research, scholarly or creative work, and in service.  Successful candidates will have accomplishments that are both distinguished and distinctive.  One to three appointments may be awarded annually to faculty members who have been at Ohio State for at least five years; Ohio Eminent Scholars are not eligible for this award.  Recipients are awarded a $30,000 one-time grant to support their academic work and are expected to maintain a regular program of teaching, research, scholarly or creative work, and service.  In addition, recipients automatically become members of the President’s and Provost’s Advisory Committee. 

Department chairs may submit nominations of one or more of their faculty members to the dean of the college.  In colleges that do not have departments, faculty awards committees should submit nominations.  The nomination letter should provide a detailed rationale for the nomination, including impact, e.g., whether the nominee changed the thinking in the discipline.  The letter must be accompanied by documentation (no more than five pages) of accomplish- ments in teaching, in research, scholarly or creative work, and in service, as well as a current curriculum vitae.  In addition, the nomination letter should include norms of the discipline, e.g., numbers of graduate students, funding history, etc.  It should also explain the significance and competitiveness of any national or international honors, awards, or Academy memberships.

Nominators should not seek external evaluations of the nominee's work.  Deans will establish a screening process to review nominations within their colleges and to decide which nomination(s) will be fully documented with external evaluations.  Colleges may submit one new or updated nomination.  Colleges with more than 250 faculty members (Engineering; Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Medicine; and each of the divisions of Arts and Sciences) may submit two new or updated nominations.

Nomination packets from the college should include: all nomination materials/support letters from the department, including a curriculum vitae; and at least three external letters of evaluation with a brief notation about each of the referees.  A panel of distinguished faculty will review all nominations and make recommendations to the Provost.  

Deans should send six copies of each nominee’s packet, by Friday, January 10, 2014, to:

                                                Distinguished University Professorship Program
                                                Office of Academic Affairs
                                                203 Bricker Hall
                                                190 North Oval Mall

For suggested guidelines, check http://oaa.osu.edu/distinguished_professor_guidelines.html.

For a listing of previous recipients, check: http://www.osu.edu/universityawards/2013/professor.html

For further information, contact Molly Davis, Office of Academic Affairs, at davis.436@osu.edu or
at 614/292-5881.