Since 1988, OSU acknowledges the excellent work of our faculty nominated by their peers by awarding at least two faculty the Distinguished Professor Award. The Distinguished Professor designation is the highest honor for Oregon State professors. It is awarded on a competitive basis to professors who have achieved truly exceptional records nationally and/or internationally in teaching/advising; in research, scholarly, or creative work; and in outreach and service.

2018 Distinguished Professors

Edward Brook

Distinguished Professor of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Lecture: May 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM in room 109 of the Memorial Union

Lecture Title: The History of the Atmosphere and Climate from Polar Ice Cores: Is Past Prologue?

News Release                              Complete Lecture (1:03:25)

Joey Spatafora

Distinguished professor of botany and plant pathology

Lecture: May 10, 2018 at 9:30 AM in room 109 of the Memorial Union

Lecture Title: How Fungi Changed the World

News Release                              Complete Lecture (1:11:07)

janet tate

Distinguished professor of Physics

Lecture: May 11, 2018 at 9:30 AM in the Willamette Room of the Ch2M Hill Alumni Center

Lecture Title: With a Little Help From My Friends: Collaborative Materials Research and

Incorporating Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum

News Release                              Complete Lecture (1:00:00)


2017 Distinguished Professors

Alan Mix

Distinguished Professor of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Lecture: May 15, 2017 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union

Lecture Title: Past Dial Future: Potential Climate Tipping Points and Their Impacts in a Warming World

News Release                         Complete Lecture (1:11:39)

 

John Selker

Distinguished Professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering

Lecture: May 15, 2017 form 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union

Lecture Title: Seeing Water Through Fresh Eyes

News Release                        Complete Lecture (1:29:35)


2016 Distinguished Professors

Margaret BUrnett

Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

Lecture: May 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Horizon Room in the Memorial Union

Lecture Title: "Womenomics" and Gender-Inclusive Software: What Software Practitioners Need to Know

News Release       Complete Lecture (1:11:13)

Peter Clark

Distinguished Professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Lecture: May 24, 2016 at 9:30 AM in the Horizon Room in the Memorial Union

Lecture Title: Sea Level Rise Due to Global Warming: Next 100 to 10,000 Years

News Release       Complete Lecture (1:11:13)


2015 Distinguished Professors

Andy Karplus

Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Lecture: May 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM in the Hallie Ford Center room 115

Lecture Title: Teaching, Teamwork, “Aha!” Moments and Peering into the World of Proteins

Complete Lecture (1:11:13)

Jon Lewis

Distinguished Professor of Film Studies

Lecture: May 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM  in the Hallie Ford Center room 115

Lecture Title: Hollywood Confidential: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles

Complete Lecture (1:07:55)


2014

Marie Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Public Health.

William Ripple, Distinguished Professor of Ecology

2013

Thomas Dietterich, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

(May 5, 2013) (School of Elelctrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering)

Joseph Beckman, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

(May 5, 2013) (Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science)

2012

Andrew Blaustein, Distinguished Professor of Zoology

(May 5, 2012) (Department of Zoology, College of Science)

Stephen Giovannoni, Distinguished Professor of Microbiology

(May 5, 2012) (Department of Microbiology, College of Science)

2011

Luiz Bermudez, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences

(May 4, 2011) (College of Veterinary Medicine)

Robert Tanguay, Distinguished Professor of Molecular Toxicology

(May 4, 2011) (College of Agricultural Sciences)

2010

James Carrington, Distinguished Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology

(May 5, 2010) (Department of Botany and Plant Pathology)



Balz Frei, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

(May 5, 2010) (Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics)

2009

Alan Acock, Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Science

(May 13, 2009) (Department of Human Development and Family Science)



Jeff McDonnell, Distinguished Professor of Hydrology

(May 13, 2009) (Department of Forest Engineering, Resources &: Management)

2008

Tracy Daugherty, Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing

(September 16, 2008) (Department of English)



Steven H. Strauss, Distinguished Professor of Forest Biotechnology

(July 1, 2008) (Department of Forest Science)

2007

Jeffrey A. McCubbin, Distinguished Professor of Exercise Science

(September 16, 2007) (Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences)



Lewis Semprini, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering

(September 16, 2007) (Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering)

2006

Douglas A. Keszler, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

(September 16, 2006) (Department of Chemistry)



Patricia A. Wheeler, Distinguished Professor of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

(July 1, 2006) (College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences)

2005

K. Norman Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Forest Resources

(July 1, 2005) (Department of Forest Resources)



Bruce A. Menge, Distinguished Professor of Marine Biology

(September 16, 2005) (Department of Zoology)

2004

Daniel J. Arp, Distinguished Professor of Botany & Plant Pathology

(July 1, 2004) (Department of Botany & Plant Pathology)



Dudley B. Chelton, Distinguished Professor of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

(July 1, 2004) (College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences)

2003

Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

(September 16, 2003) (Department of Philosophy)



Jeffrey J. Morrell, Distinguished Professor of Wood Science

(July 1, 2003) (Department of Wood Science & Engineering)

2000

James W. Ayres, Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutics

(September 16, 2000) (College of Pharmacy)



Ronald E. Wrolstad, Distringuished Professor of Food Science & Technology

(July 1, 2000) (Department of Food Science & Technology)

1999

Henry M. Sayre, Distinguished Professor of Art History

(July 1, 1999) (Department of Art)



John Sessions, Distinguished Professor of Forestry

(July 1, 1999) (Department of Forest Engineering)

1998

Michael V. Oriard, Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture

(July 1, 1998) (Department of English)



Arthur W. Sleight, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

(July 1, 1998) (Department of Chemistry)

1997

William Robbins, Distinguished Professor of History

(July 1, 1997) (Department of History)



Fred Stormshak, Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences

(July 1, 1997) (Department of Animal Sciences)

1996

Larry Boersma, Distinguished Professor of Soil Science

(July 1, 1996) (Department of Crop and Soil Science)



Frank L. Moore, Distinguished Professor of Zoology

(July 1, 1996) (Department of Zoology)

1995

George S. Bailey, Distinguished Professor of Food Toxicology

(July 1, 1995) (Department of Food Science & Technology)

Richard H. Waring, Distinguished Professor of Forest Science

(July 1, 195) (Department of Forest Science)

1994

David Robinson, Distinguished Professor of American Literature

(July 1, 1994) (Department of English)



William Sandine, Distinguished Professor of Microbiology

(July 1, 1994) (Department of Microbiology)

1993

Paul Farber, Distinguished Professor of History of Science

(July 1, 1993) (Department of History)



Jo-Ann Leong, Distinguished Professor of Microbiology

(July 1, 1993)(Department of Microbiology)



Jane Lubchenco, Distinguished Professor of Zoology

(July 1, 1993) (Department of Zoology)

1992

Marcus J. Borg, Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture

(July 1, 1992) (Department of Religious Studies)



James D. White, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

(July 1, 1992)  (Department of Chemistry)

1991

Arthur Boucot, Distinguished Professor  of Zoology and Geology

(July 1, 1991) (Department of Zoology)



Christopher Mathews, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics

(July 1, 1991) (Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics)

1990

John Fryer, Distinguished Professor of Microbiology

(July 1, 1990) (Department of Microbiology)



Donald J. Reed, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry

(July 1, 1990) (Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics)

1989

Warren E. Kronstad, Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics

(July 1, 1989) (Department of Crop Science)



T. Darrah Thomas, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

(July 21, 1989) (Department of Chemistry)

1988

Harold J. Evans, Distinguished Professor of Plant Physiology

(July 1, 1988)  (Department of Botany & Plant Pathology)



Kensal van Holde, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics

(July 1, 1998) (Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics)