Award Recipients & Nomination Process


2015 Award Recipients

The OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award is given to the person who demonstrates outstanding professional achievement through teaching and scholarship, service to the university and the community, and professional leadership, nationally and internationally. In 2015, the honor is presented to Janet Tate, professor in Physics, College of Science.


The Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award recognizes an individual for outstanding undergraduate teaching; research, particularly related to improvement of instruction; and professional leadership. In 2015, the honoree is Frank Bernieri, associate professor in Psychological Science, College of Liberal Arts.


The Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award recognizes full professors who have been at OSU at minimum of 15 years and consistently provide direct instruction to undergraduate students. In 2015, Jonathan Istok, professor in Civil and Construction Engineering, College of Engineering.


The D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award recognizes individuals for exceptional, ongoing, dedicated and unselfish concern for and service to OSU faculty. 2015's honoree is Alix Gitelman, associate professor in Statistics, Colleges of Science and Agricultural Sciences.


The OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award honors unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching and scholarship which enhances effective instruction. This award is presented in 2015 to Shane Brown, associate professor in the Civil and Construction Engineering, College of Engineering.

The Faculty Innovator Award recognizes a faculty member whose extraordinarily high-impact innovations from research are translated into transformative results that help promote economic development and social progress. 2015's honoree is Chih-Hung Chang, professor in Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering.


The Industry Partnering Award recognizes a faculty member who achieves extraordinarily high impact innovations through research collaborations with industry.  This award is presented in 2015 to John Parmigiani, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering.


The purpose of the Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award is to recognize scholarly achievement and a level of innovation and effort that far exceeds expectations. Mohammad Azizian, a faculty research assistant in Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering is the 2015 recipient.


The purpose of the International Service Award is to recognize exemplary, on-going contributions of OSU faculty and staff to the internationalization of the university by enhancing student, faculty, and staff awareness and participation in international education, research, and related activities. Bob Paasch, professor in Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering is the 2015 receipient.


The University Mentoring and Professional Development Award recognizes those who excel in supporting and encouraging OSU employees to participate in professional and/or educational development opportunities. The 2015 recipient is Staci Simonich, professor in Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences.


The OSU Exemplary Employee Award honors one professional faculty member and one classified staff member for their outstanding performance. The 2015 recipients are Kimberly McKague, facilities and budget manager with the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Reseach Center and Steven Smith, a development engineer with the Radiation Center, College of Engineering.


The OSU Academic Advising Award recognizes undergraduate academic advising by professional faculty rank as well as fixed-term academic rank faculty whose primary role is advising and acknowledges advising as a profession making a pivotal contribution to the OSU community. The 2015 recipient is David L. Bishop IV, undergraduate adviser in History, College of Liberal Arts.


The Promising Scholar Award recognizes the scholarship of junior faculty. The 2015 recipient is Lan Xue, an associate professor in Statistics, Colleges of Science and Agricultural Sciences.


The Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award honors graduate faculty members who have extraordinary records of excellence and effectiveness in mentoring graduate students. Staci Simonich, professor in Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences is the 2015 recipient.


The Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award recognizes departments or interdisciplinary groups at Oregon State University that have demonstrated exceptional teamwork in creating and sustaining an exemplary teaching and learning environment to advance the university’s strategic goal of student success and excellence. The 2015 award goes to the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, College of Business.


The OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship recognizes OSU faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in a specific project or activity resulting in substantial impact beyond the university setting. This year's honoree is Paul Ha-Yeon Cheong, assistant professor in Chemistry, College of Science.


The OSU Professional Faculty Excellence Award recognizes exceptional service to the university community by faculty who serve in non-academic units or whose service in an academic unit is not defined within the traditional academic categories of teaching, research, or extension. Eligibility is extended to individuals with professional faculty rank as well as those with academic rank who serve in non-teaching roles (e.g., office managers, Facilities Services managers, fund-raisers, academic advisors, technical support faculty, coaches and athletic administrators, counselors, doctors and health care administrators, librarians, etc.). While such faculty may distinguish themselves in the traditional categories for a portion of their work, the bulk of their work must be in one of the many other areas vital to the functioning of the university. Nominations may be submitted by any faculty, staff, or student member of the university community. This award is presented in 2015 to Malcolm LeMay, director of operations with the College of Business.


The Karel J. H. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award honors a professional faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership and service throughout their career both within their department and in programs and organizations across Oregon State University. The 2015 honor goes to Dwanee Howard, assistant to the school director, School of History, Philosophy and Religion, College of Liberal Arts.


The Herbert F. Frolander Graduate Teaching Assistant Award recongnizes graduate students who have excelled in their capacity as teaching assistants.  For 2015, this honor is given to Christopher Almlie, a graduate teaching assistant with Chemistry, College of Science and to Emerald Stacy, a graduate teaching assistant in Mathematics, College of Science.


The OSU Outreach and Engagement Award recognizes significant and meritorious work which enhances reciprocal learning with our students, partners and stakeholders through outreach and engagement activities. The 2015 award is presented to Steve Garets, instructor with TEAM OREGON, College of Public Health and Human Sciences.


The Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award recognizes outstanding advising of undergraduate students by a member of the OSU faculty, as well as demonstrated success in teaching, research and service. The 2015 honoree is Wanda Crannell, an advisor with the College of Agricultural Sciences.


The Beaver Champion Award is Oregon State's President's award which recognizes an individual or individuals who continually demonstrate outstanding effort and achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested, and performance of the highest quality. In 2015, the honor will be announced and presented at the September 21 University Day Awards Dinner. 


The following Awards were not presented in 2015:

The OSU Award for Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities recognizes a person who goes above and beyond requirements of their normal job description to accommodate and assist persons with disabilities.

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