In order to qualify for the title of Distinguished Professor, a faculty member must have contributed to the teaching vision outlined in criteria 1, research and scholarship outlined in criteria 2 or 3 and two areas of outreach and service by satisfying two of criteria 4 thru 7.  Under each criterion are examples of evidence that could be used to demonstrate the contribution to be significant. 

The screening committee looks most favorably upon candidates who have exceptional achievements and significant impacts in most of these areas listed below.  The abreviated curriculum vitae and nomination form should help the committee members understand the breadth of the nominee’s accomplishments.  Letters of recommendations will not be considered by the committee.

  1. Excellence and leadership in teaching/advising
    • Leadership in instruction and enhancement of the educational experience of students and mentees, as reflected in awards, significant and sustained professional development, improvement in SET scores, and meaningful assessment practices
    • Mentoring of undergraduates including offering high impact learning experiences (internships, service learning, research and global learning)
    • Mentoring graduate students and/or post-doctoral trainees through to graduation and on to successful careers, providing financial support of graduate students
    • Evidence of commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion as reflected in curriculum development and mentoring of students
  2. Outstanding scholarly activity
    • Published articles (peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, book chapters, and essays)
    • Books (original works and textbooks, researched compilations, edited books)
    • Grant support (competitive, peer-reviewed research grants, industry sponsored; foundation grants)
    • Applied scholarly activity and technology development, including patents
  3. Outstanding creative activity
    • Production, exhibition, or performance of creative work (visual or performing art, or literature presented in the form of peer-reviewed publications, juried exhibits, noteworthy performances, readings, or recordings; solo exhibits)
    • Commissioned or collected works (commissions for creative work; works collected by public and private museums and galleries)
    • Grant support (competitive, peer-reviewed research and foundation grants; grants for special performance activity and compositions)
  4. Sustained leadership in service to the profession
    • Offices held in professional societies; committee service
    • Organization of conferences and workshops
    • Government assignments
    • Involvement in peer review (manuscripts and grant applications)
  5. National and/or international standing
    • Invited symposia, plenary lectureships; invited seminars and distinguished lectureships at institutions of higher learning
    • Invited editorial service; invited reviews
    • Awards and honors received’; including holding the rank of Fellow in one’s professional organization
  6. Dedicated leadership in service to the University
    • Committee services (elected and appointed); leadership and administrative activities that have had significant impact at OSU
    • Demonstrated leadership in enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion
    • Local honors and awards for service
  7. Dedicated service and outreach beyond the University
    • Evidence of broad-based change in the community served
    • Media coverage of the service or outreach activity
    • Awards and honors received; offices held