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

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


2018

Valery Levitas - Aerospace Engineering
Theresa Windus - Chemistry
Qijing Zhang - Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine


Complete list of Distinguished Professors

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


2018
Donald Sakaguchi - Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology
Susan Yager - English


Complete list of Morrill Professors

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


2018

Amy Andreotti - Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology


Complete list of 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 his or her career at the university.

Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Matt DeLisi, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Professor and professor of sociology
  • Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, professor of history

Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering

  • Manimaran Govindarasu, Mehl Professor in Computer Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering

Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • Robert Jernigan, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology
  • GianCarlo Moschini, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair in Science and Technology Policy and professor of economics

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 his or her career at the university.

  • Lisa Larson, professor of psychology
  • Gary Mirka, John Ryder Professor of Engineering and professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering
  • Javier Vela, professor of chemistry

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 his or her career at the university.

  • Lee Burras, professor of agronomy
  • Mark Hargrove, professor of biochemistry biophysics and molecular biology
  • Sara Marcketti, professor of apparel, events and hospitality management, and director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  • Loreto Prieto, professor of psychology
  • Greg Tylka, professor of plant pathology and microbiology

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.

  • Monica Lamm, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering
  • Chris Rehmann, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering
  • Warren Franke, associate chair and professor of kinesiology

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 supervisory and confidential staffs who are outstanding university citizens and have rendered significant service to the university or the state of Iowa.

  • Laura Iles, program manager, plant pathology and microbiology
  • Michelle Stotts, operations manager, chemical and biological engineering

Award for Inclusive Excellence

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

  • Monic Behnken, associate professor of sociology
  • Harrison Inefuku, librarian, university library

International Service Award

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

  • Karl Kraus, professor of veterinary clinical sciences

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching

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

  • Beth Martin, associate teaching professor of world languages and cultures
  • Rob Whitehead, associate professor of architecture
  • Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching designation: Aili Mu, associate professor of world languages and cultures

Early Achievement in Teaching

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

  • Paola Pittoni, assistant teaching professor of mechanical engineering
  • Marna Yandeau-Nelson, assistant professor of genetics, development and cell biology

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.

  • Stephen Biggs, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies

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.

  • Cathy Miller, interim department chair and professor of veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine
  • Denise Schmidt-Crawford, associate professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching

Departmental Leadership

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

  • Jeff Iles, chair and professor of horticulture

Academic Advising Impact

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

  • Lisa Enloe, practicum placement coordinator, human development and family studies
  • Diann Burright, director of undergraduate programs, Ivy College of Business

Early Achievement in Academic Advising

The award recognizes outstanding performance by an academic adviser early in his or her career.

  • Flor Romero de Slowing, academic adviser, world languages and cultures

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.

  • Basil Nikolau, Francis Craig Professor in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology
  • Kan Wang, Global Professor in Biotechnology and professor of agronomy

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.

  • Asheesh Singh, Monsanto Chair in Soybean Breeding and associate professor of agronomy
  • Jigang Wang, professor of physics and astronomy
  • Yue Wu, Herbert Stiles Professor in Chemical Engineering and associate professor of chemical and biological engineering

Early Achievement in Research

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

  • Soumik Sarkar, associate professor of mechanical engineering
  • Amie Zarling, assistant professor of human development and family studies

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.

  • Tracie Hennen-Bierwagen, associate scientist, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology

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.

  • Arthur Winter, professor of chemistry

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.

  • Brenda Martin, account manager, Center for Industrial Research and Service

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.

  • Teresa Fernando, teaching laboratory senior coordinator, chemistry department
  • Richard Jauron, program specialist in horticulture, ISU Extension and Outreach
  • Jacob Larsen, director of the language study resource center, world languages and cultures

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.

  • Diane Meyer, pre-award project manager in the Grants Hub, 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 his or her professional career.

  • Erika Lundy, beef field specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach
  • Christopher Myers, teaching laboratory coordinator, ecology, evolution and organismal biology
  • Svitlana Zbarska, undergraduate research program coordinator, university honors program

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.

  • Erin Hodgson, associate professor of entomology

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.

  • Catheryn Hockaday, program manager, human sciences extension and outreach
  • Rodger Main, director, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

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 his or her career.

  • Adam Janke, assistant professor of natural resource ecology and management
  • Erika Lundy, beef field specialist, ISU Extension and Outreach

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.

  • Matthew Wenger, program coordinator in extension meat science, animal science

 

Click here for a list of past award recipients.

                                                                                    UNIVERSITY AWARDS CEREMONY 2019

 

President Wintersteen and Provost Wickert congratulate James Dickson for his Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

President Wintersteen and Provost Wickert congratulate Distinguished Professor Joey George

President Wintersteen and Provost Wickert congratulate Ghinwa Alameen for her Award for Early Achievement in Teaching