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Distinguished Professor Award

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.


Alexander Govorov and Judith Yaross Lee named

2016 Distinguished Professors

April 29, 2016

 Alexander Sasha Govorov Judith Yaross Lee

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis bestowed the 2016 Distinguished Professor Award on Alexander Govorov, Professor of Physics, and Judith Yaross Lee, Charles F. Zumkehr Professor of Communication Studies.

The prestigious Distinguished Professor award was established in 1959 and recognizes scholarly accomplishment, professional reputation and contribution to the University.

With the honor, Drs. Govorov and Lee will receive a lifetime designation, one semester of academic leave and the privilege of naming one undergraduate student annually to receive a Distinguished Professor scholarship.

Dr. Govorov is an esteemed physics professor and researcher who is credited for starting the field of chiral plasmonics and plasmonic assemblies. With over 140 published articles, many of which are highly-cited by his peers, Dr. Govorov has been asked to organize 25 national and international conferences, and has been invited to give close to 60 talks on his research.

Dr. Lee is an award-winning professor and scholar who is recognized as a leading authority on American literary humor, and is an eminent scholar of Mark Twain. She has held 3 positions as a visiting scholar/professor, has written 4 books, and has almost 60 published articles and essays on the subject of humor. Dr. Lee was recently named the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teacher in the School of Communication Studies.



June 1, 2016

Ohio University and Athens community mourn death of Distinguished Professor Guido Stempel

June 1, 2016

Conference to be held in honor of Distinguished Professor Surender Jain

April 29, 2016

Dr. Judith Yaross Lee and Dr. Alexander Govorov named as the 2016 Distinguished Professors

February 23, 2016

Distinguished Professor Gerardine Botte presents lecture

February 19, 2016

Distinguished Professor Tadeusz Malinski honored by Ohio State Senate

November 6, 2015

Distinguished Professor Charles Smith named as keynote speaker for fall commencement

October 19, 2015

Ohio University ranks first in state for university research licensing revenue for fiscal year 2014, largely due to Distinguished Professor John Kopchick's research

September 30, 2015

Distinguished Professor John Kopchick honored by Danish university

September 22, 2015

Distinguished Professor Alonzo Hamby publishes book on FDR

August 17, 2015

Distinguished Professor Tom Carpenter edits book on 'Italic People of Ancient Apulia'

July 15, 2015

Distinguished Professor Damian Nance publishes new book on physical geology

May 1, 2015

Gerardine Botte named 2015 Distinguished Professor

March 16, 2015

Christopher France to discuss blood donation

March 10, 2015

Distinguished Professor Christopher France presents lecture

February 10, 2015

Meet Distinguished Professor Christopher France

August 4, 2014

Distinguished Professor Damian Nance elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America

May 2, 2014

Christopher France named 2014 Distinguished Professor

May 1, 2014

Distinguished Professor Damian Nance publishes book on engine houses of Cornwall

March 3, 2014

University Community honors Carpenter as Distinguished Professor

Feb 2, 2014

Distinguished Professor Tom Carpenter

May 3, 2013

Tom Carpenter named Distinguished Professor at 2013 Graduate Commencement ceremony

Mar 18, 2013

"Growth Hormone, Mini Mice, Football, Dirty Shorts and A New Drug."

Mar 5, 2013

Meet Distinguished Professor John Kopchick

November 25, 2012

Distinguished Professor Surender Jain publishes book on cyclic modules and the structure of rings

June 8, 2012

John Kopchick named Distinguished Professor

Mar 5, 2012

Distinguished Professor finds appeal of short poems

Mar 1, 2012

Distinguished Professor Lecture and Portrait Unveiling

August 31, 2011

Tadeusz Malinski accepts Doctor Honoris Causa award from Poznan University of Technology

Jun 11, 2011

Mark Halliday named Distinguished Professor

Mar 16, 2011

University mourns death of Distinguished Professor of Physics

Mar 8, 2011

University mourns death of Distinguished Professor

Feb 10, 2011

Meet Distinguished Professor Charles Smith