The OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award recognizes a faculty member for superior academic performance, professional renown, and service to the University and to the public. The recipient receives a plaque and $1,000 from the OSU Alumni Association. Nominees for this award may also be considered for nomination for the CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award, which is presented by the Carnegie Foundation.

List of Previous Recipients


  • Faculty who hold professorial rank

Award Criteria

Selection criteria include:

  1. exceptional scholarly achievements and publications;
  2. teaching ability, reputation, and quality;
  3. participation in University affairs;
  4. visibility and recognition in Oregon, the U.S., and the world

Please summarize to what extent the nominee fulfills each of the selection criteria for the award.

Recipient Expectations

On behalf of the OSU Alumni Association (OSUAA), the recipient will be expected to speak or be otherwise recognized at upcoming alumni event(s) within the fiscal year he/she receives the award. OSUAA will work with recipient and their schedule to coordinate travel and other logistics for honoree to present in his/her area of expertise to regional alumni audience.

Nomination Process and Submission

Following the instructions completely will ensure consideration of the nomination.

The nominator shall submit the Cover Sheet, Nomination Form and the complete submission packet in one PDF via the Qualtrics Submission Form at Do not begin entering information on the Qualtrics form unless you are ready to submit the nomination - the form CANNOT be saved and finished at a later time. The submission packet will include evidence that the nominee meets the criteria, as well as (1) position description indicating breakdown of FTE allocation; (2) three letters of support*; and (3) the nominee’s vita. Signatures on the letters must be included.

* One letter shall be written by a current or emeritus faculty member. The second letter shall be from a current or former student. The third letter may be from colleagues, students, and/or others who can comment on the nominee's qualifications. The letters of support each shall not exceed two single-sided pages using at least 12 pitch and 1" margins. Signatures on the letters must be included.

Please note, the nominator is not eligible to submit a letter of support.

The award criteria can be addressed on separate pages for each criteria or within the letters of support. Please be certain that the nomination materials, particularly the three letters, address the criteria.

When organizing the PDF, please ensure that the cover sheet is on the first page, with the nomination form as the second page. Evidence of supporting criteria (if provided on separate pages) and letters of support must be attached in the order indicated above.

Additional information submitted with the nomination will not be considered; please include only requested information and refer to the guidelines when organizing submission packets.

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed and selected by the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee and a representative selected by the OSU Alumni Association. Committee recommendations will be made on the basis of the information submitted; the committee does not solicit additional information. Unsuccessful nominations made in the previous academic year will be reconsidered. Nominators may wish to submit additional information to update and supplement these previous nominations.

Award nominations are due June 10, 2020.