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 2023-2024 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 (or the next business day).

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.)
  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 Kati Gorman, kati@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 Kati Gorman, 294-6410, kati@iastate.edu.

These college deadlines in 2023-2024 are for the University Awards to be conferred in Fall 2024.

Agriculture and Life Sciences College Guidelines
     For most awardsNovember 21, 2023 (3rd Tuesday in November) 
     For Distinguished, University, and Morrill ProfessorJanuary 15, 2024 
Ivy College of BusinessDecember 1, 2023College Guidelines
DesignJanuary 12, 2024College Guidelines
EngineeringDecember 15, 2023College Guidelines
Human SciencesDecember 8, 2023 (2nd Friday in December)College Guidelines
Liberal Arts and SciencesDecember 1, 2023College Guidelines
Veterinary MedicineDecember 11, 2023College Guidelines

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

 

                                                                                                  AWARD RECIPIENTS

2024

Michael Bailey - History
Hui Hu - Aerospace Engineering
Robyn Lutz - Computer Science
James Vary - Physics and Astronomy
Kan Wang - Agronomy


2023
Amy Bix
- History
Neal Iverson - Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
Christopher Tuggle - Animal Science
Kejin Wang - Civil, Construction and, Environmental Engineering
Gregory Welk - Kinesiology


2022

Diane Bassham - Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology
Lance Baumgard - Animal Science
Douglas Gentile - Psychology
Sri Sritharan - Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Xinwei Wang - Mechanical Engineering


Complete list of current Distinguished Professors

2024

Raj Agnihotri - Marketing
Michael Dorneich - Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Kelly Reddy-Best - Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management
Christopher Seeger - Landscape Architecture
Arthur Winter - Chemistry


2023
Jared Danielson
- Veterinary Pathology
Kimberly Greder - Human Development and Family Studies
Mitchell Squire - Architecture
Curtis Youngs - Animal Science


2022

Steve Butler - Mathematics
Amanda Fales-Williams - Veterinary Pathology
Kevin Schalinske - Food Science and Human Nutrition
Jonathan Sturm - Music and Theatre


Complete list of current Morrill Professors

2024

Ingrid Lilligren - Art and Visual Culture


2023
Daniela Dimitrova - Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Marit Nilsen-Hamilton - Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology
Tin-Shi Tam - Music and Theatre


2022

Tunde Adeleke - History
Elisabeth Lonergan - Animal Science


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 their 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.

  • Michael Bailey, professor, history; and interim chair, world languages and cultures
  • Hui Hu, professor, aerospace engineering; and Martin C. Jischke Professor in Aerospace Engineering
  • Robyn Lutz, professor, computer science
  • James Vary, professor, physics and astronomy
  • Kan Wang, professor, agronomy; and Global Professor in Biotechnology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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.

  • Ingrid Lilligren, professor, art and visual culture

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.

  • Raj Agnihotri, professor, marketing; and executive director of industry engagement
  • Michael Dorneich, professor, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering; and Joseph Walkup Professor in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Kelly Reddy-Best, professor, apparel, events, and hospitality management
  • Christopher Seeger, professor, landscape architecture
  • Arthur Winter, professor, chemistry

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.

  • David Peterson, professor, political science; and Lucken Professorship in Political Science
  • Ann Smiley, professor, kinesiology
  • Emily Smith, professor, chemistry; and director, division of chemical and biological sciences, Ames National Laboratory
  • Gary Taylor, professor, community and regional planning
  • Robert Wallace, associate professor, ecology, evolution and organismal biology

Regents Award for Staff Excellence

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

  • Kirsten Abel, faculty recognition director, office of the senior vice president and provost
  • Kelly Boesenberg-Smith, manager, quality service program, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Nancy Qvale, manager, business administration, civil, construction and environmental engineering
  • Jamie Sass, director, Ivy Writing and Speaking Center, Ivy College of Business

Award for Inclusive Excellence

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

  • Jennifer Shane, associate professor, civil, construction and environmental engineering; and W.A. Klinger Teaching Professor
  • Arnold Woods III, director, multicultural student success, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

International Service Award

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

  • James Dickson, professor, animal science; and Morrison Chair in Meat Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Award for Impact on Student Success

The award recognizes outstanding achievement by professional staff and faculty who have a sustained impact on undergraduate student success. This positive impact may be with individual students or a group of students, inside or outside the classroom.

  • Stacy Cordery, professor, history
  • Shalika Khindurangala, coordinator, career services, Ivy College of Business
  • ISU Student Centered Learning Workshop Team:
    • Erin Baldwin, associate vice president, student health and wellness; and director, Thielen Student Health Center
    • Laura Bestler, program specialist, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)
    • Tony Dirth, director, recreation services
    • Paul Hengesteg, data analyst, CELT
    • Sara Marcketti, Morrill Professor, apparel, events and hospitality management; assistant provost and executive director, CELT
    • Kristen Sievert, director, counseling services
    • Brian Vanderheyden, director, student wellness

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching

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

  • Michael Lyons, teaching professor, biomedical sciences
  • Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching designationNeysa Goodman, associate teaching professor, world languages and cultures
  • Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching designationSuzanne Millman, professor, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine; and Scott and Nancy Armbrust Professor in Veterinary Medicine

Award for Early Achievement in Teaching

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

  • Luke Roling, assistant professor, chemical and biological engineering
  • Clay Thomas, assistant teaching professor, management and entrepreneurship

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.

  • Kaoru Ikuma, associate professor, civil, construction and environmental engineering

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.

  • Kenny Cook, professor, English; co-coordinator, MFA program in creative writing and environment
  • Dipali Sashital, associate professor, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology

Award for Departmental Leadership

The award recognizes a department chair or school director who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities in advancing the faculty, staff, students and programs in their department.

  • Kristie Franz, professor and Smith Family Foundation Departmental Chair in Geology, geological and atmospheric sciences
  • David Sanders, professor and Greenwood Department Chair in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Award for 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 role.

  • Jason Ross, professor and chair, animal science; and Lloyd L. Anderson Endowed Professor in Physiology

Award for Academic Advising Impact

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

  • Mindy Cooper, academic advisor, landscape architecture

Award for Early Achievement in Academic Advising

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

  • Grace Wolf, academic advisor, psychology

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research

The award recognizes a tenured faculty member who has a national or international reputation for contributions in research and/or creative activity.

  • Amy Andreotti, University Professor, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology; and Roy J. Carver Chair of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Jianming Yu, professor, agronomy; Pioneer Hi-Bred Distinguished Chair in Maize Breeding; and Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding Endowment

Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research

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

  • Daniel Linhares, associate professor, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine; and Roy A. Schultz Professor in Swine Medicine
  • Amy Erica Smith, associate professor, political science; and Dean's Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, professor, chemical and biological engineering; and Richard C. Seagrave Professor, chemical and biological engineering

Award for Early Achievement in Research

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

  • Roy Sturgill, assistant professor, civil, construction and environmental engineering
  • Yang Yang, assistant professor, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology

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.

RegenPGC Team (Regenerating America's Working Landscapes to Enhance Natural Resources and Public Goods through Perennial Groundcover):

  • Daniel Andersen, associate professor, agricultural and biosystems engineering
  • Cynthia Bartel, research scientist, agronomy
  • Amani Elobeid, teaching professor, economics; and Ron and Lynn Deiter Endowed Chair for Sustaining Excellence in Ag Business
  • Shuizhang Fei, professor, horticulture
  • Susana Goggi, professor, agronomy
  • Amy Kaleita, professor and chair, agricultural and biosystems engineering
  • Anne Kinzel, project deputy director; agricultural and biosystems engineering
  • Thomas Lubberstedt, professor, agronomy; and K.J. Frey Chair in Agronomy
  • Marshall McDaniel, associate professor, agronomy
  • Ken Moore, Distinguished Professor, agronomy
  • Raj Raman, project director; Morrill Professor, agricultural and biosystems engineering

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.

  • Brian Gelder, manager of research, agricultural and biosystems engineering

Award for 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.

  • Eric Cochran, professor, chemical and biological engineering; and Mary Jane Skogen Hagenson and Randy L. Hagenson Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering; and Christopher Williams, professor, civil, construction and environmental engineering; and Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor in Civil Engineering
  • Chris Hill, director, engineering services, Center for Industrial Research and Service

Award for Achievement in Intellectual Property

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

  • Thomas Lubberstedt, professor, agronomy; and K.J. Frey Chair in Agronomy; and Ursula Frei, research scientist, agronomy

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.

  • Dawn Miller, program specialist, civil, construction and environmental engineering

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 Hansen-Moench, assistant director of academic advising, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Theresa McLeod-Hughes, teaching lab coordinator and teaching laboratory specialist, physics and astronomy
  • Shelley Taylor, director, Global Engagement, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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.

  • Breanna Kixmiller, academic advisor, mechanical engineering
  • Jean Walsh, program specialist, Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

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.

  • Lesia Oesterreich, senior manager, Human Sciences, ISU Extension and Outreach; and state extension specialist, early childhood education programs

Award for Distinguished Service in Extension and Outreach

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

  • Keli Tallman, director, program development and evaluation, ISU Extension and Outreach

Award for 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.

  • Phillip Gauger, professor, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine
  • Christine Hradek, senior manager, nutrition education program, College of Human Sciences

Award for 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.

  • Brett Ramirez, associate professor, agricultural and biosystems engineering; and interim director, Egg Industry Center
  • Luke Seaberg, field specialist, community and economic development, ISU Extension and Outreach

 

 

 

Click here for a list of past award recipients.