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Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award

This award recognizes faculty with longtime service to Oregon State University who have demonstrated a major commitment to undergraduate instruction over an extended period of time. It is through a generous donation by Richard M. Bressler, former C. E. O. and Chairman of the Board, Burlington Resources, that this award has been made possible. The recipient receives a plaque and $2,500. 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.


Nominees must meet these criteria to be eligible:

  • hold the rank of Full Professor
  • have been a member of the faculty at Oregon State University a minimum of fifteen (15) years
  • have consistently provided direct instruction to undergraduate students during the course of their career at Oregon State University

Award Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated on the evidence of a commitment to undergraduate instruction. Such evidence should include the following:

  • unusual effort to ensure the quality of undergraduate instruction
  • high standards for the rigor and currency of course content and the level of student performance
  • direct and significant impact upon and involvement with undergraduate students
  • evidence that the candidate's scholarly contributions have enhanced effectiveness in the undergraduate classroom

Nomination Process

Nominations shall include: (1) the completed nomination form; (2) the nominee's vita; (3) position description indicating breakdown of FTE allocation; (4) information on undergraduate courses taught, including how o ften courses have been taught and approximate enrollments; (5) a clear summary of teaching evaluations for the past three years; and (6) evidence of the candidate's achievements provided by current and former students, colleagues, and others. Specifically, a total of three letters of support shall provide sufficient information to make an evaluation of nominees. At least one letter of support shall be written by a current or emeritus faculty member; one shall be written by a current or former student; and the third may be from colleagues, students, and/or others who can comment on the nominee's 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 three letters, 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.