Members of Oregon State University faculty granted an appointment as a University Distinguished Professor have amassed truly exceptional records in scholarship and creative work, teaching and mentoring, and public engagement and service. Since 1988, OSU has awarded the designation each year to a very a limited number of faculty nominated by their peers. The title is the highest faculty honor granted by the University.

2020

Yuji Hiratsuka
University distinguished professor of Art

Lecture Title: The Art of Print Making: Process and Content

Complete Lecture (1:01)

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Williams
University distinguished professor of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology

Lecture Title: Eat Live - Eat Die: Carcinogens and Anti-Carcinogens in Food

Complete Lecture (58:05)


2019


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLare reimers
University distinguished professor of ocean ecology and biochemistry

Lecture Title: Carbon Cycling at the Seafloor: 40 Years of Advanced Science

News Release                              Complete Lecture (54:22)

2019


mas subramanian
university distinguished professor of chemistry

Lecture Title: The Surprising Science of Discovery: Stumbling onto a New Colorful Materials World

News Release                              Complete Lecture (01:02:07)


2019


virginia weis
University distinguished professor of integrative biology

Lecture Title: In Sickness and in Health: Studying Coral Symbiosis in the Age of Climate Crisis

News Release                              Complete Lecture (01:17:23)

2018


Edward Brook
university Distinguished Professor of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

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

News Release                              Complete Lecture (1:03:25)


2018


Joey Spatafora
University Distinguished professor of botany and plant pathology

Lecture Title: How Fungi Changed the World

News Release                              Complete Lecture (1:11:07)

2018


janet tate
University Distinguished professor of Physics

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


Alan Mix
University Distinguished Professor of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

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

News Release                         Complete Lecture (1:11:39)

 

2017


John Selker
University Distinguished Professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering

Lecture Title: Seeing Water Through Fresh Eyes

News Release                        Complete Lecture (1:29:35)


2016


Margaret BUrnett
University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

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

News Release       Complete Lecture (1:11:13)

2016

Peter Clark
University Distinguished Professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

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

News Release       Complete Lecture (1:11:13)


2015

Andy Karplus
University Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Lecture Title: Teaching, Teamwork, “Aha!” Moments and Peering into the World of Proteins
Complete Lecture (1:11:13)

2015

Jon Lewis
University Distinguished Professor of Film Studies

Lecture Title: Hollywood Confidential: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles
Complete Lecture (1:07:55)


2014

Marie Harvey, University Distinguished Professor of Public Health
College of Public Health and Human Sciences, May 15, 2014

William Ripple, University Distinguished Professor of Ecology
College of Forestry, May 15, 2014

2013
Thomas Dietterich, University Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
College of Engineering, May 5, 2013

Joseph Beckman, University Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
College of Science, May 5, 2013

2012
Andrew Blaustein, University Distinguished Professor of Zoology
College of Science, May 5, 2012

Stephen Giovannoni, University Distinguished Professor of Microbiology
College of Science, May 5, 2012

2011
Luiz Bermudez, University Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine, May 4, 2011

Robyn Leigh Tanguay, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Toxicology
College of Agricultural Sciences, May 4, 2011

2010
James Carrington, University Distinguished Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology
College of Agricultural Sciences, May 5, 2010

Balz Frei, University Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
College of Science, May 5, 2010

2009
Alan Acock, University Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Science
College of Health and Human Sciences, May 13, 2009

Jeff McDonnell, University Distinguished Professor of Hydrology
College of Forestry, May 13, 2009

2008
Tracy Daugherty, University Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing
College of Liberal Arts, September 16, 2008

Steven H. Strauss, University Distinguished Professor of Forest Biotechnology
College of Forestry, July 1, 2008

2007
Jeffrey A. McCubbin, University Distinguished Professor of Exercise Science
College of Health and Human Sciences, September 16, 2007

Lewis Semprini, University Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering, September 16, 2007

2006
Douglas A. Keszler, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
College of Science, September 16, 2006

Patricia A. Wheeler, University Distinguished Professor of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, July 1, 2006

2005
K. Norman Johnson, University Distinguished Professor of Forest Resources
College of Forestry, July 1, 2005

Bruce A. Menge, University Distinguished Professor of Marine Biology
College of Science, September 16, 2005

2004
Daniel J. Arp, University Distinguished Professor of Botany & Plant Pathology
College of Agricultural Sciences, July 1, 2004

Dudley B. Chelton, University Distinguished Professor of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, July 1, 2004

2003
Kathleen Dean Moore, University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts, September 16, 2003

Jeffrey J. Morrell, University Distinguished Professor of Wood Science
College of Forestry, July 1, 2003

2000
James W. Ayres, University Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutics
College of Pharmacy, September 16, 2000

Ronald E. Wrolstad, University Distinguished Professor of Food Science & Technology
College of Agricultural Sciences, July 1, 2000

1999
Henry M. Sayre, University Distinguished Professor of Art History
College of Liberal Arts, July 1, 1999

John Sessions, University Distinguished Professor of Forestry
College of Forestry, July 1, 1999

1998
Michael V. Oriard, University Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture
College of Liberal Arts, July 1, 1998

Arthur W. Sleight, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
College of Science, July 1, 1998

1997
William Robbins, University Distinguished Professor of History
College of Liberal Arts, July 1, 1997

Fred Stormshak, University Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences
College of Agricultural Sciences, July 1, 1997

1996
Larry Boersma, University Distinguished Professor of Soil Science
College of Agricultural Sciences, July 1, 1996

Frank L. Moore, University Distinguished Professor of Zoology
College of Science, July 1, 1996

1995
George S. Bailey, University Distinguished Professor of Food Toxicology
College of Agricultural Sciences, July 1, 1995

Richard H. Waring, University Distinguished Professor of Forest Science
College of Forestry, July 1, 1995

1994
David Robinson, University Distinguished Professor of American Literature
College of Liberal Arts, July 1, 1994

William Sandine, University Distinguished Professor of Microbiology
College of Science, July 1, 1994

1993
Paul Farber, University Distinguished Professor of History of Science
College of Liberal Arts, July 1, 1993

Jo-Ann Leong, University Distinguished Professor of Microbiology
College of Science, July 1, 1993

Jane Lubchenco, Distinguished Professor of Zoology
College of Science, July 1, 1993

1992
Marcus J. Borg, University Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture
College of Liberal Arts, July 1, 1992

James D. White, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
College of Science, July 1, 1992

1991
Arthur Boucot, University Distinguished Professor  of Zoology and Geology
College of Science, July 1, 1991

Christopher Mathews, University Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics
College of Science, July 1, 1991

1990
John Fryer, University Distinguished Professor of Microbiology
College of Science, July 1, 1990

Donald J. Reed, University Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry
College of Science, July 1, 1990

1989
Warren E. Kronstad, University Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics
College of Agricultural Sciences, July 1, 1989

T. Darrah Thomas, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
College of Science, July 1, 1989

1988
Harold J. Evans, University Distinguished Professor of Plant Physiology
College of Agricultural Sciences, July 1, 1988

Kensal van Holde, University Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics
College of Science, July 1, 1988