2019 Distinguished Faculty Awards

Every year, leaders from across the academic enterprise at Ohio State interrupt classes, labs and meetings to announce the good news that a member of the faculty has been selected to receive one of the university’s most distinguished faculty awards. These individuals represent the extraordinary quality that our faculty members bring to our students, to the university community and beyond.

Distinguished Faculty Awards
Surprise Visits

Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, established during the 1959–60 academic year, honors faculty members for superior teaching. Recipients are nominated by current or former students or faculty colleagues and are chosen by a committee of alumni, students and faculty. They receive a cash award, made possible by contributions from the Alumni Association, friends of Ohio State and the Office of Academic Affairs. They also receive an increase in their base salaries from the Office of Academic Affairs. Recipients will be inducted into the university’s Academy of Teaching, which provides leadership for the improvement of teaching at Ohio State.

  • Tami Augustine
    Associate Professor-Clinical
    Department of Teaching and Learning
    College of Education and Human Ecology
  • Jackie M. Blount
    Professor
    Department of Educational Studies
    College of Education and Human Ecology
  • Peter F. Craigmile
    Professor
    Department of Statistics
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jonathan Kyle Ezell
    Professor of Practice
    Knowlton School of Architecture
    College of Engineering
  • John M. Horack
    Neil A. Armstrong Chair
    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Senior Associate Dean
    College of Engineering
  • Claire Kamp Dush
    Associate Professor
    Department of Human Sciences
    College of Education and Human Ecology
  • Glenn Martinez
    Professor
    Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Danielle Marx-Scouras
    Professor
    Department of French and Italian
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Gregory J. Nixon
    Professor of Clinical Optometry
    Associate Dean for Clinical Services
    College of Optometry
  • Chad Rappleye
    Associate Professor
    Department of Microbiology
    College of Arts and Sciences

Special thanks to the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching selection committee for the time and energy they contributed to this year's process.

Rob Siston, Chair
Hollie Nyseth Brehm
Mary Jo Burkhard
Jill Clutter
Eugenia Costa-Giomi
Susan Dismukes
Diane Driessen
Allison Kinross
Antoinette Miranda
Bradley Okdie
Christopher Phelps
Luis Enrique Rodriguez-Saona
Brianne Schell
Sue Sutherland

Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer

The Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer annually recognizes a maximum of six lecturers, senior lecturers or other associated faculty members for their teaching excellence. All lecturers, senior lecturers and other associated faculty members on all campuses who, in the past three years, have taught undergraduate and/or graduate/professional students are eligible for this award. Students, faculty, alumni and staff may put forward nominees, and a selection committee of students and other award-winning faculty choose recipients. Honorees are inducted into the Academy of Teaching and also are recognized with an honorarium made possible by the Office of Academic Affairs.

  • Elena Foulis
    Senior Lecturer
    Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Galit Golan
    Lecturer and Program Coordinator
    Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Christine Griffin
    Clinical Instructor
    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    College of Medicine
  • Satya Seetharaman
    Lecturer
    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    College of Engineering
  • Thomas S. Stewart
    Lecturer
    Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
    College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
  • Sinead M. Yarberry
    Instructor of Clinical Practice
    College of Nursing

Special thanks to the Provost's Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer selection committee for the time and energy they contributed in the process this year.

Noelle Arnold, Chair
Robert Ahern
Jonathan Baker
Amy Barnes
Graham Cochran
Deidra Herring
Lisa Juckett
Melissa Jungers
Celeste Morris
Smit Patel
Noel Paul

President and Provost’s Award for Distinguished Faculty Service

The President and Provost’s Award for Distinguished Faculty Service (formerly Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service), established in 1996, honors faculty members whose contributions to the development and implementation of university policies and programs through non-administrative roles have been extensive and have made documented impact on the quality of the university. The recipients also have continued to provide effective teaching and have maintained an active program of research, scholarship or creative work. Recipients are nominated by members of the university community and selected by a committee of faculty, administrators and previous recipients. They receive both a cash award and an increase to their base salaries from the Office of Academic Affairs.

  • Lisa Florman
    Professor
    Department of History of Art
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • David G. Horn
    Professor
    Department of Comparative Studies
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Blaine W. Lilly
    Associate Professor
    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    College of Engineering

Special thanks to the members of the President and Provost's Award for Distinguished Faculty Service selection committee for the time and energy they contributed throughout this year's process.

Kay Wolf, Chair
Alison Armstrong
Ann Christy
Susan Hadley
Michael Hogan
W. Randy Smith

Distinguished Scholar Award

The Distinguished Scholar Award, established in 1978, recognizes exceptional scholarly accomplishments by senior professors who have compiled a substantial body of research, as well as the work of younger faculty members who have demonstrated great scholarly potential. The award is supported by the Office of Research. Recipients are nominated by their departments and chosen by a committee of senior faculty, including several past recipients of the award. Distinguished Scholars receive an honorarium and a research grant to be used over the next three years.

  • Arthur H. M. Burghes
    Professor
    Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology
    College of Medicine
  • H. Lisle Gibbs
    Professor
    Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dorota A. Grejner-Brzezinska
    Professor
    Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering
    College of Engineering
  • Michael Ibba
    Professor
    Department of Microbiology
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nandini Trivedi
    Professor
    Department of Physics
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Guo-Liang Wang
    Professor
    Department of Plant Pathology
    College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Special thanks to the members of the Distinguished Scholar Award selection committee for their contributions of time and energy throughout this year's selection process.

Heather Allen
Alice Conklin
B. Scott Gaudi
Rebecca Jackson
Laura Justice
A. Douglas Kinghorn
Kevin Passino
Steven Ringel
Lonnie Thompson
Claudia Turro
Thomas Wittum