Morrill Professor

Contact:  Dawn Bratsch-Prince, deprince@iastate.edu

Purpose: The Morrill Professorship recognizes faculty members whose professional work has demonstrated outstanding success in teaching and learning in undergraduate, graduate and/or Extension/outreach programs which is reflected by a national or international reputation in the nominee's discipline.

Eligibility: Nominees must hold the rank of professor and have served for at least five years prior to the current year on the Iowa State University faculty. Recipients must be ISU employees at the time of the University Awards Ceremony.

Nature of award:  $6,500 addition to base salary, plus title of Morrill Professor for remainder of career at Iowa State.

Number of awards: Up to five.

Criteria: A Morrill Professor must above all else have long-term, and sustained excellence in teaching and learning. This professional work must go beyond scholarly work in teaching and learning and show outstanding accomplishments that have enhanced learning outcomes in undergraduate, graduate and/or Extension/outreach programs. In addition to these contributions, a Morrill Professor must have demonstrated outstanding performance in at least one other area of faculty responsibility: (1) research and/or creative activities, (2) professional practice, or (3) institutional service.

Selection Process: Nominations should be made to the appropriate college awards committee.  Each college may make one nomination, plus one additional nomination for each 100 faculty members.  No nominations will be allowed for fractions of 100 faculty.  Based on figures for tenured and tenure-track faculty members from Fall 2014, the following numbers of nominations are allowed:

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences (3 nominations)
  • Business (1 nomination)
  • Design (1 nomination)
  • Engineering (3 nominations)
  • Human Sciences (2 nominations)
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences (5 nominations)
  • Library (1 nomination)
  • Veterinary Medicine (2 nominations)
  • Total Nominations = 18

Each college sends its nominations to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost by February 10.  The Morrill Professor Nomination Review Committee is appointed by the Senior Vice President and Provost following procedures established by the Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate Committee on Committees nominates faculty to the Senior Vice President and Provost for membership on the Morrill Professor Nomination Review Committee. Faculty at the rank of Professor and/or Morrill Professor will be nominated for seven positions, one representing each college. The Senior Vice President and Provost will appoint three additional members. All members will serve three-year, staggered terms. The Morrill Professor Nomination Review Committee receives nominations for Morrill Professor from colleges, meets at least once, and makes recommendations to the Faculty Senate Executive Board, which will meet in executive session to consider these recommendations.  The Executive Board forwards recommendations to the Senior Vice President and Provost.

Guidelines for Submitting Nominations for Morrill Professorships

  1. Follow Format and Electronic Submission Instructions.
  2. Complete the Faculty University Award Nomination cover page (DOC) (PDF) and include it as the first page of the nomination document.
  3. Provide a statement of no more than four (4) pages describing why the nominee deserves to be named a Morrill Professor.  Cite specific examples that demonstrate that the candidate has long-term and sustained excellence in teaching and learning. The nomination statement must also identify the nominee’s demonstrated outstanding performance in at least one other area of faculty responsibility: (1) research and/or creative activities, (2) professional practice, or (3) institutional service.
  4. If the nominee holds a University Professor title, the nomination statement must indicate what accomplishments were recognized by that award.  
  5. Include a statement of teaching philosophy (maximum 2 pages) prepared by the nominee.
  6. Provide student evaluation information for the most recent five years.  These should be displayed in tabular form and include the college or department norms.
  7. Provide a maximum of six (6) letters of support that reflect the impact of the nominee’s teaching and learning activities over time. Letters should come from current and former students/extension constituents, as well as colleagues.
  8. Include the nominee's current PRS and updated curriculum vita.

When the file is prepared, nominators must submit their nominations to their college by the college deadline.  When the college is ready to submit their nominations, the college awards coordinator must upload the nominations to the appropriate college folder on CyBox.  College awards coordinators can contact Megan Peterson, meganmp@iastate.edu, with questions regarding the submission process.

Nominations originate in departments and are reviewed by the college before submission to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. Award recipients and their nominator, department chair, dean, or supervisor are notified by May 1. Colleges receive feedback on unsuccessful nominations by July 1.

College Deadlines

Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost deadline is February 10.

Morrill Professor recipients