Distinguished Professorships and Awards

Regents' Award for Superior Teaching

The Regents' Award for Superior Teaching was established on June 6, 1963 with the first awards presentation in the spring of 1964. Originally, the award was given to three individuals each year. In 1965, the policy was amended to provide a maximum of five and a minimum of three awards each year. In 1978, the awards were expanded to include superior accomplishment in any of the following: Teaching, Research and Creative Activity, Professional and University Service, with a maximum of nine awards in one year with the understanding the majority of the awards will be given for superior teaching. 

List of Awardees

Regents' Award for Superior Research and Creative/Scholarly Activity

The Regents' Award for Superior Teaching was established on June 6, 1963 with the first awards presentation in the spring of 1964. Originally, the award was given to three individuals each year. In 1965, the policy was amended to provide a maximum of five and a minimum of three awards each year. In 1978, the awards were expanded to include superior accomplishment in any of the following: Teaching, Research and Creative Activity, Professional and University Service, with a maximum of nine awards in one year with the understanding the majority of the awards will be given for superior teaching. 

List of Awardees

Regents' Award for Superior Professional and University Service and Public Outreach

The Regents' Award for Superior Teaching was established on June 6, 1963 with the first awards presentation in the spring of 1964. Originally, the award was given to three individuals each year. In 1965, the policy was amended to provide a maximum of five and a minimum of three awards each year. In 1978, the awards were expanded to include superior accomplishment in any of the following: Teaching, Research and Creative Activity, Professional and University Service, with a maximum of nine awards in one year with the understanding the majority of the awards will be given for superior teaching. 

List of Awardees

Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award

The Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award program was established to recognize excellence in college and university teaching. The award program is no longer available as funding was provided by their sponsoring foundations for a limited award period.

List of Awardees

University Distinguished Teaching Award (formerly Good Teaching Award)

The Good Teaching Awards Program was introduced by the Standard Oil (Indiana) Foundation in 1966. The purpose of the program is to recognize excellence in teaching performance at the undergraduate level and to provide an incentive to achieve that goal. The University of Oklahoma participated in the program since 1968. In 1973, the name of the foundation was changed to the AMOCO Foundation, Inc., and was changed to BP Amoco in the late 1990's. In 2003, the award was changed to the Good Teaching Award. In 2019, the award was renamed as the University Distinguished Teaching Award.

List of Awardees

Provost's Research Award

The Provost's Research Award was established in the late 1980's to recognize meritorious research. Two awards are given each year to full-time, regular faculty members; one each for junior (assistant professors) and senior (associate professors and full professors) faculty. The awards are given for a significant personal achievement of original research.

List of Awardees - Senior Faculty

List of Awardees - Junior Faculty

Provost's Teaching Award

The Provost's Teaching Award recognizes meritorious excellence in teaching. Two awards are given each year to full-time, regular faculty members; one award will be given to an early career faculty member and one to a seasoned/senior career faculty member. The awards are given for significant personal contributions to the quality, scope, and outcomes of teaching, learner assessment, and learner mentoring in the health professions, public health, or biomedical sciences.

List of Awardees - Seasoned Faculty

List of Awardees - Early Career Faculty

David L. Boren Professorship

The David L. Boren Professorship is one of the University of Oklahoma's highest honors, recognizing faculty who have made truly exceptional contributions to the mission of a public research university. To qualify for the Professorship, a faculty member must have consistently demonstrated outstanding teaching, research and creative activity, and leadership of service. The holders of this distinctive honor should represent the best of the OU spirit as it has come to be under the remarkable leadership of President David L. Boren - caring for students, advancing the frontiers of knowledge, and making a positive different in the world. The term of a David L. Boren Professorship is continuous until retirement.

List of Awardees

David Ross Boyd Professorship

The David Ross Boyd Professorship was approved by the Board of Regents on June 14, 1945 and is named for the first President of the University. The first appointments were effective June 14 1946. To qualify for a David Ross Boyd Professorship a faculty member must have consistently demonstrated outstanding teaching, guidance, and leadership for students in an academic discipline or in an interdisciplinary program within the University. When the professorship was first established, the policy provided that only two could be named in one year and the terms were for five years though the individuals could be reappointed. The appointments now are for life.

List of Awardees

George Lynn Cross Research Professorship

The Regents' Professorship was established on November 12, 1943 on action by the Board of Regents. The first four appointments were effective January 1, 1944. Upon his retirement from the University in 1968, the Regents named this professorship for George Lynn Cross. The criteria for selection provide to qualify for a George Lynn Cross Research Professorship a faculty member must have demonstrated outstanding leadership over a period of years in his or her field of learning or creative activity and have been recognized by peers for distinguished contributions to knowledge or distinguished creative work. The appointment is for life.

List of Awardees

Regents' Professorship

Recipients of distinguished professorships are deemed to have achieved unusual distinction in teaching and guidance of students, research, or service. To qualify for a Regents' Professorship, a faculty member must have rendered outstanding service to the University, to the academic community, or to an academic or professional discipline, through extraordinary achievement in academic administration or professional service. The appointment is for life. 

List of Awardees

Presidential Professorship

Presidential Professors are those faculty members who excel in all their professional activities and who relate to those activities to the students they teach and mentor. These professors inspire their students, mentor their undergraduate and/or graduate students in the process of research and creative activity within their discipline, and exemplify to their students (both past and present) and to their colleagues (both at OU and within their disciplines nationwide) the ideals of a scholar through their endeavors in teaching, research/creative activity, and service. The professorship is granted for a four-year term.

List of Awardees

Marcia Bennett OUHSC Leadership and Mentoring Award

  1. Award Eligibility:
    1. To be eligible for the award, nominees must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
      1. Is a full-time staff member of the Health Sciences Center
      2. Has a minimum of 7 years’ service as an OUHSC staff member
      3. Is serving in a benefits eligible position at OUHSC at the time of nomination
      4. Is in good standing with the University

  1. Award Selection:
    1. Committee Members – Award recipient will be selected by a Selection Committee comprised of at least four full-time HSC employees who have at least 7 years of service each. Members will be appointed by the Senior Vice President and Provost.
      1. Members will rotate off two at a time, every year in the month following the presentation of the award and following the debrief.
      2. Members may serve more than one term but are not eligible to be award nominees during any term of service. If any is nominated during a term, the member may resign from the committee and be considered as a nominee.
    2. Selection – Selection will be based on nominee eligibility and how well the application materials document the nominee’s leadership and mentoring activities at HSC, as described in the award criteria (below) and determined by the Selection Committee.  
      1. No consideration will be given to the staff member’s title, level of responsibility, or level of authority associated with the nominee’s title.
    3. Debrief – Selection Committee members will debrief no later than the month following the award presentation, assessing the nomination, review, and selection processes and will make recommendations for improvement, as needed, to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost.

  1. Award Announcement:
    1. The Selection Committee will draft the award announcement and invitation to apply for the award and send it to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost by the end of the calendar year preceding the award year.
    2. The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost will distribute the notice to the HSC community by third week of January each year (following the 2021 inaugural announcement year when notice will be distributed the week of March 1, 2021), with submissions due by the last week of February (except during the 2021 inaugural year when submissions will be due by March 19, 2021). 
    3. Notice methods will include email and posting on key HSC web pages.

  1. Award Nomination Process:
    1. Nomination is by letter to the Selection Committee (no more than 3 single-spaced pages, including attachments) that describes how the individual meets the award criteria below.
      1. Self-nomination – HSC staff members who meet the award eligibility criteria may self-nominate.
      2. Nomination by other – Any HSC or OU Medicine employee can nominate an eligible HSC staff member for the award.

  1. Award Criteria:
    1. Recipient will be selected on the basis of demonstrated leadership and mentorship in the recipient’s staff role at HSC.  Consideration will be given to factors such as how the applicant:
    2. Invests in People at all Levels of the University
      1. Mentors students, faculty, staff, administrators, etc.
      2. Gets the right people to the table and invites input from all who may be impacted
      3. Works to give others the opportunity to shine; acknowledges others
      4. Promotes diversity in projects, committees, interactions, etc.
    3. Leads in Service to the University
      1. Leads from the sidelines – not always from the front
      2. Guides others through difficult situations
      3. Asks hard or thought-provoking questions; willing to facilitate negotiation of difficult matters and to identify and resolve conflict
      4. Is willing to do the work and to work side-by-side with others to resolve the issue
    4. Is a Problem-Solver
      1. Is not hesitant to tackle complex tasks or to work with complex people – does not let challenges or problems fester
      2. Manages difficult situations with grace and integrity
      3. Offers solutions for consideration by others; is able to develop and implement solutions
  1. Award and Presentation:
    1. The award recipient will be announced by the Senior Vice President and Provost at the Annual Staff Senate Recognition Luncheon. 
    2. The award will include:
      1. A clock engraved with the recipient’s name and the award title and year, and
      2. A  $3,000 monetary award.