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Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award

The Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award is the University's highest teaching award. The late Elizabeth P. Ritchie, Oregon State University Library staff member, 1920 to 1944, bequeathed to the OSU Foundation $130,000 for student scholarships, faculty awards, and library material. The recipient will receive from the OSU Foundation a plaque and $2,500, and the recipient's department will receive a grant of $500 from the OSU Foundation. Use of these cash awards by the recipient and the department is not restricted except that it is to promote faculty development and the improvement of undergraduate instruction. A plaque listing the recipients and their departments has been provided by the Foundation and is located in the Valley Library.


The Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award encourages and recognizes outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This is a campus-wide recognition, open to all teaching faculty.

Award Criteria

Selection criteria include:

  • outstanding effectiveness as a teacher and adviser for undergraduate students
  • scholarly achievement and research, particularly that which is used to enrich undergraduate instruction
  • publications or other creative activities
  • professional leadership, honors, and awards

Nomination Process

Nominations shall include: (1) the completed nomination form; (2) the nominee's vita; (3) position description indicating breakdown of FTE allocation; (4) a clear summary of teaching evaluations for the past three years; and (5) three letters of support: at least one letter of support shall be written by a current or emeritus faculty member; one letter shall be from a current or former student; and the third may be from a faculty member, student, alumni, or other individual who can comment on the nominees qualifications. Because the nominator completes the nomination form, the nominator is not eligible to submit a letter of support. The letters of support each shall not exceed three single-sided pages using at least 12 font and 1" margins. Please be certain that the nomination materials, particularly the letters of support, address the criteria. Signatures on the letters and supporting documents must be included.

The original copy of the nomination form must be submitted to the Faculty Senate Office upon submission of the electronic copy; paper clip the original only – do not staple nor place it in a folder or binder. The nomination packet for the successful recipient becomes the property of University Archives and will not be returned to the nominator.

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed and selected by the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee and a member of the Advancement of Teaching Committee. Committee recommendations will be made on the basis of the information submitted; the committee does not solicit additional information. Nominees for this award may also be considered for nomination for the CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award, which is presented by the Carnegie Foundation.