To: OSU Community Members

From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President

February 12, 2021

Dear OSU Community Members,

I am delighted to announce the selection of Drs. Julia Jones and Richard Settersten as Oregon State University’s 2021 University Distinguished Professor honorees.

Since 1988, the university has awarded the title of University Distinguished Professor to current OSU faculty members who have achieved national and international distinction for their contributions in research and creative work, teaching and mentoring, public engagement, and service. Professors Jones and Settersten are outstanding examples of OSU’s highest academic honor.

Please join me on May 5 and 6 as they deliver lectures via Zoom on their scholarship.

A Professor of Geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Dr. Jones develops novel data analysis methods for studying questions related to human impact on the environment, with a specific focus on forest landscapes, water, and resource management. Her record includes exemplary teaching, mentoring of students and young faculty, and administrative service widely across OSU. She contributes regularly to national and international policy debates and her research has attracted over $31M in grants to OSU, with many projects focusing on the synthesis of ecosystem responses to human perturbation and global change and integrating research, training, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Professor Settersten is Head of the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Holder of the Barbara E. Knudson Endowed Chair in Family Policy, he is an internationally recognized expert in the field of human development and one of the leading life course scholars in the world. His book, Not Quite Adults, is a seminal work on the modern transition to adulthood. His new book, Living on the Edge, reveals how members of the 1900 generation navigated the revolutionary changes of the 20th century, bringing significant lessons for lives today. He is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Lifetime Career Award by the Society for the Study of Human Development, a leading U.S. professional organization in his field.

Please join me in offering warm congratulations to University Distinguished Professors Jones and Settersten.


Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President