UNIVERSITY HONORS AND AWARDS

Each year Iowa State University recognizes the excellence of faculty and staff accomplishments through the conferring of university awards.  With these awards, we celebrate faculty and staff who have demonstrated their commitment to learning, discovery, and engagement which are the cornerstones of Iowa State's land-grant mission.

We encourage individuals, programs, departments, and colleges to nominate their most prominent faculty and staff for one of the available awards. Most nominations will be routed through an academic department, college, or extension by a specific internal deadline. College deadlines for 2020-2021 range from November to January. Nominators should check with their units regarding internal deadlines. Final nominations to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost must be submitted online by February 10.

To ensure review by selection committees, nominations for all university awards must be electronic and in the required format.

  1. The cover page, nomination letter, all supporting materials and CV must be combined into one pdf document. The file can be a scanned document. Do not send a zip file. The required order is:
    • university award nomination cover page
    • nomination letter and all supporting materials
    • nominee's CV or resume
  2. Select a cover page. (On the cover page, check the name of award being applied for and complete the page. If the award is not listed, it is not the correct cover page.)
    • Faculty University Award Nomination Cover Page [PDF | DOC]
    • Staff University Award Nomination Cover Page [PDF | DOC]
  3. When the file is prepared, nominators must submit their nominations to their college by the college deadline.
  4. When the college is ready to submit their nominations, the college awards coordinator must upload the nominations to the appropriate college folder on CyBox. If you do not have access to your college's folder on CyBox, please contact Megan Petersonmeganmp@iastate.edu.

Important Note:

  • Nominations for some Staff Awards may be submitted by either an individual or an employing unit. Nominations for many faculty and staff awards can only be submitted by a college. See award description for details.
  • If an individual would like to submit a nomination for the specific awards listed below, they must email the complete nomination document to the appropriate email address listed below. The nominator will receive notification of successful submission within 10-15 minutes.

For questions or concerns, contact Dawn Bratsch-Princedeprince@iastate.edu or Megan Peterson, 294-6410, meganmp@iastate.edu.

These college deadlines in 2020-2021 are for the University Awards to be conferred in Fall 2021.

Agriculture and Life Sciences College Guidelines
     For most awardsNovember 17, 2020 (3rd Tuesday in November) 
     For Distinguished, University, and Morrill ProfessorJanuary 15, 2021 
Ivy College of BusinessDecember 21, 2020 (3rd Monday in December)College Guidelines
DesignNovember 22, 2020College Guidelines
EngineeringJanuary 15, 2021College Guidelines
Human SciencesDecember 11, 2020College Guidelines
Liberal Arts and SciencesDecember 1, 2020College Guidelines
Veterinary MedicineDecember 2, 2020College Guidelines

Colleges forward their nominations to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost by February 10.

 

                                                                                                  AWARD RECIPIENTS

2021

Dean Adams - Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
Carolyn Cutrona - Psychology
Duane Johnson - Materials Science and Engineering
Reuben Peters - Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology


2020

Matthew DeLisi - Sociology
Manimaran Govindarasu - Electrical and Computer Engineering
Robert Jernigan - Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology
GianCarlo Moschini - Economics
Pamela Riney-Kehrberg - History


2019

Michael Bugeja - Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Joey George - Supply Chain and Information Systems
Steven Kawaler - Physics and Astronomy
Debra Marquart - English


Complete list of current Distinguished Professors

2021

Locke Karriker - Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
Charles Kostelnick - English
Steven Lonergan - Animal Science


2020

C. Lee Burras - Agronomy
Mark Hargrove - Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology
Sara Marcketti - Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management
Loreto Prieto - Psychology
Gregory Tylka - Plant Pathology and Microbiology


2019
Charles Jahren - Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Mary Wiedenhoeft - Agronomy


Complete list of current Morrill Professors

2021

Claire Andreasen - Veterinary Pathology
Michael Golemo - Music and Theatre
Daniel Loy - Animal Science


2020

Lisa Larson - Psychology
Gary Mirka - Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Javier Vela - Chemistry


2019

James Andrews  - History
Tim Day - Biomedical Sciences
Theodore Heindel - Mechanical Engineering


Complete list of current University Professors

 

Distinguished Professor

The title of Distinguished Professor, first awarded in 1956, is Iowa State's highest academic honor. It recognizes a faculty member whose accomplishments in research or creative activities have had a significant impact on his or her discipline nationally or internationally and who has demonstrated outstanding performance in at least one other area of faculty responsibility. Nominees must hold the rank of professor and have served at least five years on the Iowa State faculty. The awardee retains the title for the remainder of their career at the university.

    Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering

    • Duane Johnson, F. Wendell Miller Professor of Energy Sciences in materials science and engineering

    Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences

    • Dean Adams, professor of ecology, evolution, and organismal biology
    • Carolyn Cutrona, associate dean, Graduate College, and professor of psychology
    • Reuben Peters, Roy J. Carver Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology

    University Professor

    The title of University Professor is awarded to a faculty member who has acted as a change agent by making significant contributions to improve the university and who has demonstrated outstanding performance in at least one other area of faculty responsibility. Nominees must hold the rank of professor and have served at least 10 years on the Iowa State faculty. The awardee retains the title for the remainder of their career at the university.

    • Claire Andreasen, Dr. Roger and Marilyn Mahr Professor in One Health in veterinary pathology
    • Michael Golemo, professor of music
    • Daniel Loy, professor of animal science and director of the Iowa Beef Center

    Morrill Professor

    The title of Morrill Professor is conferred on a faculty member who has exhibited excellence in undergraduate or graduate teaching or extension and outreach programs and who has demonstrated outstanding performance in at least one other area of faculty responsibility. Nominees must hold the rank of professor and have served at least five years on the Iowa State faculty. The awardee retains the title for the remainder of their career at the university.

    • Locke Karriker, Dr. Douglas and Ann Gustafson Professor for Teaching Excellence in Veterinary Medicine in veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine
    • Charles Kostelnick, professor of English
    • Steven Lonergan, professor of animal science

    Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

    The award is presented by the state Board of Regents to recognize tenured faculty members who are outstanding university citizens and have rendered significant service to the university or the state of Iowa.

    • Michael Bailey, professor of history
    • Lynn Clark, professor of ecology, evolution, and organismal biology
    • Heather Greenlee, professor of biomedical sciences
    • Donna Niday, associate professor of English 
    • Steven Whitham, professor of plant pathology and microbiology

    Regents Award for Staff Excellence

    The award is presented by the state Board of Regents to recognize members of either the professional and scientific or merit staff who are outstanding university citizens and have rendered significant service to the university or the state of Iowa.

    • Beth Doran, beef program specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach
    • April Franksain, secretary, civil, construction, and environmental engineering
    • Lesya Hassall, instructional technology specialist, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
    • Kristen Obbink, public health veterinarian, Center for Food Security and Public Health
    • Jerry Zamzow, associate vice president for research

    Award for Inclusive Excellence

    The award recognizes faculty and professional and scientific or merit staff who have advanced the university’s mission of diversity, equity and inclusion beyond their usual job responsibilities.

    • Elaine Phompheng, student services specialist, agricultural and biosystems engineering
    • Valentina Salotti, associate dean for academic affairs, College of Business, and associate professor of finance

    International Service Award

    The award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding international service in teaching, research or administration within the United States or abroad.

    • Ann Marie Fiore, University Professor of apparel, events, and hospitality management

    Outstanding Achievement in Teaching

    The award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding teaching performance over an extended period of time.

    • Michael Bootsma, associate teaching professor of accounting
    • Erin Wilgenbusch, associate teaching professor, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
    • Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching designation: Jonathan Tsou, associate professor of philosophy

    Early Achievement in Teaching

    The award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding teaching performance unusually early in their career.

    • Cason Murphy, assistant professor of theatre
    • Mohamed Selim, assistant teaching professor of electrical and computer engineering
    • Melissa Tropf, clinical assistant professor of veterinary clinical sciences

    James Huntington Ellis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching

    Established by a 1928 Iowa State graduate, the award recognizes a faculty member for exceptional achievement in teaching introductory courses.

    • Kate Padgett Walsh, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies
    • Shenglan Zhang, associate professor of world languages and cultures

    Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award

    Established by a longtime staff member of the Graduate College, the award recognizes superior performance by a member of the graduate faculty in enriching the student-professor relationship and enabling students to finish their work in a timely and scholarly manner.

    • Thomas Holme, Morrill Professor of chemistry

    Departmental Leadership

    The award recognizes outstanding departmental leadership that helps faculty members meet their complex obligations to undergraduate teaching, graduate mentoring, research and service.

    • Frank Krennrich, chair of physics and astronomy

    Early Achievement in Departmental Leadership

    The award recognizes the exceptional impact of a department chair or school director within the first three years of their leadership.

    • Li-Shan Chou, chair of kinesiology
    • Amanda Fales-Williams, Tyrone D. Artz, M.D. Chair for Teaching Excellence in Veterinary Medicine in veterinary pathology
    • Volker Hegelheimer, chair of English

    Academic Advising Impact

    The award recognizes outstanding performance by an academic advisor over an extended period of time.

    • Jennifer Bundy, assistant professor of animal science
    • Alyssa Mittleider, academic advisor, mechanical engineering

    Early Achievement in Academic Advising

    The award recognizes outstanding performance by an academic advisor early in their career.

    • Kelsey Powell, academic advisor, animal science

    Outstanding Achievement in Research

    The award recognizes a tenured faculty member who has a national or international reputation for contributions in research and has influenced the research activities of students.

    • John Levis, Angela B. Pavitt Professor in English
    • Thomas Lubberstadt, K.J. Frey Chair in Agronomy
    • Christian Meissner, professor of psychology

    Mid-Career Achievement in Research

    The award recognizes a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary research performance or scholarship accomplishments as documented by peers or experts in the field.

    • Phillip Gauger, associate professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine
    • Laura Jarboe, Cargill Professor in Chemical Engineering
    • Michelle Soupir, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering

    Early Achievement in Research

    The award recognizes a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments unusually early in their professional career.

    • Robbyn Anand, assistant professor of chemistry
    • Nigel Reuel, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering

    Interdisciplinary Team Research Award

    The award recognizes an interdisciplinary team of two or more faculty researchers with outstanding achievements who have made a significant contribution to the university's research and scholarship mission through successful interdisciplinary collaborations.

    • Data Sciences for the Public Good (Todd Abraham, assistant director of data and analytics, Iowa Integrated Data System; Cassandra Dorius, associate professor of human development and family studies; Shawn Dorius, associate professor of sociology; Heike Hofmann, professor of statistics; Jim Reecy, associate vice president for research; Christopher Seeger, professor of landscape architecture; and Adisak Sukul, associate teaching professor of computer science)

    Professional and Scientific Research Award

    The award recognizes a professional and scientific staff member employed at Iowa State at least five years for excellence in research.

    • Maro Ibarburu-Blanc, research scientist, animal science

    Achievement in Intellectual Property

    The award recognizes individuals or teams of faculty or professional and scientific staff for outstanding university-based achievements in producing intellectual property.

    • Nigel Reuel, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering

    Achievement in Economic Development in Iowa

    The award recognizes individuals or teams of faculty or professional and scientific staff for outstanding university-based achievements in advancing the state of Iowa's economic development.

    • America's Small Business Development Center at Iowa State (Dave Biedenbach, Sheri Benson, Stacy Dreyer, Ethan Pitt, Alicia Smith, Jan Owens Bruene, Austin Strawhacker, Jenica Johnson and Brianna Hall)

    Professional and Scientific Excellence Award

    The award recognizes contributions made by a professional and scientific staff member within and beyond the university and career progress demonstrated by accomplishments at Iowa State.

    • Jessica Bell, research administrator, Grants Hub
    • Sunghwan Kim, research scientist, Institute for Transportation
    • Eric Schares, librarian, University Library

    Carroll Ringgenberg Award

    Named for a longtime staff member in purchasing and facilities, the award recognizes an extraordinary professional and scientific staff member who exhibits constant and contagious dedication to and goodwill for Iowa State.

    • Peter Lelonek, research administrator, office of the vice president for research

    Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award

    The award recognizes a professional and scientific staff member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments unusually early in their professional career.

    • Hanna Bates, program specialist, Water Resources Research Institute
    • Paul Kremer, research manager, civil, construction, and environmental engineering
    • Kathleen Ross, research scientist, Nanovaccine Institute

    Distinguished Service in Extension and Outreach

    The highest award bestowed on an extension professional, it recognizes sustained distinguished performance and educational contributions to Iowa State's clientele through extension programs.

    • Daniel Loy, professor of animal science and director of the Iowa Beef Center

    Outstanding Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice

    The award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated outstanding performance in statewide leadership in extension or professional practice, and has achieved national recognition for outreach activities.

    • J. Gordon Arbuckle, professor of sociology
    • Matthew Wenger, program specialist, animal science

    Early Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice

    The award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in extension or professional practice unusually early in their career.

    • Eric Christianson, community and economic development specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach
    • Yuko Sato, assistant professor of veterinary and diagnostic production animal medicine

    R.K. Bliss Extension Award

    Named for the director of Extension from 1912 to 1946, the award recognizes outstanding achievement of an extension staff member for developing an overall or continuing extension education program.

    • Barbara Woods, special projects manager, Human Sciences extension and outreach

    Click here for a list of past award recipients.

    2021 Early Achievement in Teaching Awardee, Mohamed Selim

    Valentina Salotti

    2021 Award for Inclusive Excellence Awardee, Valentina Salotti

    Christian Meissner

    2021 Outstanding Achievement in Research Awardee, Christian Meissner

    Yuko Sato

    2021 Early Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice Awardee, Yuko Sato