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University Professor Award

The University Professor Award recognizes outstanding teaching at the University. Students bestow the honor of University Professor on four members yearly, after a selection process that begins with nominations from the student body. The honored faculty members then have the freedom to develop and teach a course of their choosing during the following year as a means of enriching the undergraduate curriculum. Since its founding in 1970, the University Professor program has recognized more than 200 professors for their teaching excellence.


Any undergraduate student may nominate any full-time tenure-track, instructional or clinical Ohio University faculty for this award. This includes full-time faculty from any OHIO campus.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on November 14.

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Note: Faculty who have received the University Professor award in the previous three years are ineligible for consideration. Previous University Professor award winners [PDF]

Selection Process

Based on nominations, approximately 8-10 finalists are selected. Finalists are asked to accept the nomination. By accepting the nomination, finalists agree to provide a brief proposal for a University Professor course and be available to teach that course during the next academic year. 

Finalist names are submitted to the selection committee, which includes 10-12 undergraduate students representing a variety of departments/schools, colleges and campuses. The selection committee conducts interviews, observes a class, and reviews course proposals.

  • Interviews — Members of the selection committee interview finalists to ask questions about teaching philosophies, student achievement of learning, engagement with students inside and outside the classroom, inclusive pedagogy, and scholarly accomplishments.
  • Observations — Members of the selection committee observe a class taught by each finalist and take notes about teaching, interactions with students, class engagement and inclusive practices.
  • Proposals — Finalists submit brief proposals for University Professor course. Proposals must include a course title, course description (250 words or less), and course learning outcomes. Additional course information (e.g., learning components, key grade factors, etc.) are encouraged but not required. 

The selection committee selects up to four University Professors based on interviews, observations, and proposals. 

The committee's work begins at the start of spring semester and is complete by mid-March after final votes for the University Professors are cast.