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Front Row: Roger Bruan, Presidential Teacher 2017-2019, Presidential Research Scholars Michel Fiala, Sarah Wyatt, James Thomas, Arthur Werger and Nancy Stevens, and 2017-2019 Provost Teacher, Klaus Himmeldirk. Back Row: Howard Dewald, Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Planning, Joe Shields, Vice President for Research and Creative Activity and Dean of the Graduate College; and Pam Benoit, Executive Vice President and Provost. Photo credit: Daniel Owen/Ohio University

The Presidential Research Scholars (PRS) awards program recognizes mid-career faculty members who have garnered national and international prominence in research, scholarship and creative activity. Each award recipient will receive $3,000 to be used at the scholar's discretion as an honorarium or to support research or creative works.

For FY2017-18, applications will be solicited for Social and Behavioral Sciences and Physical Sciences and Engineering.

For FY2018-19, applications will be solicited for Arts and Humanities and Life and Biomedical Sciences.


Call for Applications

Deadline for nominations: Thursday, April 20, 2017 , 4:00 pm

Deadline for applications: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 4:00 pm

Click for guidelines  [ Word  or  PDF ]

Contact:    Roxanne Male'-Brune, (740) 597-1227



Five OHIO faculty members named 2016 Presidential Research Scholars

2016 Faculty Awards Recognition


Ohio University Presidential Research Scholars

2016 Recipients

Sarah Wyatt Professor, Environmental and Plant Biology

sarah wyatt Wyatt is recognized as an expert in gravitational and space biology. Using cellular and molecular approaches, she examines how plants sense and respond to gravity. Wyatt has held positions on the executive committee and council of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), as well as on the governing board of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR); she also served as a program director at the National Science Foundation. She has been a strong advocate for student research and outreach programming across campus.



James Thomas Professor, Physical Therapy


James Thomas Thomas has been a licensed physical therapist for 31 years, with more than 15 years of clinical experience. His research has taken a multi-track approach to addressing low back pain. His efforts include developing techniques to study neural control of body movement, conducting patient trials to examine classic treatments and creating virtual reality interventions for chronic pain treatment. Thomas has served on several grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health.



Nancy Stevens Professor, Functional Morphology and Vertebrate Paleontology


nancy stevens Stevens' paleontological research in Tanzania and Afro-Arabia has made significant contributions to the fields of vertebrate paleontology, paleoanthropology and evolutionary functional anatomy. Stevens and her teams have made numerous important discoveries of new lineages of mammals, opening a new window into the history of African tectonic plate movements and animal diversity over the last 35 million years. Research highlights include the discovery of several species new to science, with two new primates representing the oldest fossil evidence of the split between apes and Old World monkeys. Stevens has provided field and laboratory research and training to dozens of graduate and undergraduate students to date, representing nine universities in six countries.




Michele Fiala Associate Professor, Oboe


michele fiala Fiala is an accomplished oboist whose performances at prestigious venues have earned her a national and international reputation. A focus of her creative scholarship is to ensure audience accessibility—connecting audiences to classical music and helping them understand it. Fiala's two solo CDs containing commissioned works for oboe and her book on 19  th  century Italian oboe music have made significant contributions to the field. Fiala has served as secretary and executive member on the International Double Reed Society.



Arthur Werger Professor, Printmaking


art werger Werger is an internationally renowned artist-printmaker whose works are in many public and private collections. He also has made significant contributions to the advancement of color etching printing. His two-plate system for color intaglio is well known in the international printmaking community, as is his expertise for mezzotinting. Werger has conducted numerous guest artist presentations, workshops and exhibitions and served as an active member of the Southern Graphics Council International for many years. https://www.ohio.edu/finearts/art/faculty-staff/profiles.cfm?profile=D9BAA95F-5056-A800-487A188D3441FCA2



2005-1999 Recipients


2003 (no awards)




  • Gary Small
  • Ann Tickamyer
  • Joe Eastman