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The Distinguished Professor Award recognizes outstanding scholarly and creative accomplishments and is the highest permanent recognition attainable by faculty at Ohio University. Recipients must have attained tenure and completed a minimum of five years of service at Ohio University.
Among the privileges granted to Distinguished Professors is the honor of annually naming an undergraduate student to receive a year’s full-tuition scholarship, lifetime designation title of Distinguished Professor, a one-quarter paid research leave, stipend, and travel support. The award, first given in 1959, is supported by an endowment provided by Edwin and Ruth Kennedy to the Baker Fund. (Click here for additional information.)
Presidential Teachers are chosen from among tenured full-time faculty who have been nominated by Ohio University students, alumni, or peers. Selection is based on excellence in teaching and meritorious academic pursuits both inside and outside the classroom. Innovative teaching efforts, curriculum development, mentoring students and fellow faculty members, and scholarship are among the areas considered. Those selected for the award receive the title Presidential Teacher for three years along with a yearly monetary award during that time. (Click here for additional information.)
The University Professor program recognizes outstanding teaching at the university, and benefits faculty and students alike. Students bestow the honor of University Professor on five faculty yearly, after a selection process that begins with nominations from the student body. Faculty so honored then have the freedom to develop and teach two courses of their own choosing during the following year as a means of enriching the undergraduate curriculum. Since its founding in 1970, the University Professor program has recognized over two hundred professors for their teaching excellence. (Click here for additional information.)