Each year, The Ohio State University recognizes excellence in teaching, service, diversity enhancement, and scholarship through a variety of awards programs. Faculty and staff are honored for their distinguished contributions to the betterment of the university community in several areas.
Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching
The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching honors faculty members for superior teaching. Recipients are nominated by present and former students and colleagues and are chosen by a committee of alumni, students, and faculty. They receive a cash award of $5000, made possible by contributions from the Alumni Association, friends of Ohio State, and the Office of Academic Affairs. They also receive a $1,200 increase in their base salaries from the Office of Academic Affairs. The recipients will be inducted into the university's Academy of Teaching, which provides leadership for the improvement of teaching at Ohio State.
- Teresa Burns, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 2015
- James W. DeWille, Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 2003
- Jerry Masty, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 1996
- John D. Bonagura, Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 1992
- Robert L. Hamlin, Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 1983
- Milton Wyman, Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1970
Distinguished Scholar Award
The Distinguished Scholar Award, established in 1978, recognizes exceptional scholarly accomplishments by senior professors who have compiled a substantial body of research, as well as the work of younger faculty members who have demonstrated great scholarly potential. The award and the honoraria are provided by the Office of Research. Recipients are nominated by their departments and chosen by a committee of senior faculty, including several past recipients of the award. Distinguished Scholars receive a $3,000 honorarium and a research grant of $20,000 to be used over the next three years.
- Thomas E. Wittum, Professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, 2014
- Patrick L. Green, Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 2009
- Thomas J. Rosol, Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 2006
- Lawrence E. Mathes, Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 2005
- Michael D. Lairmore, Professor and Chair, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 2004
- Yasuko Rikihisa, Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 1999
- Linda J. Saif, Professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine/OARDC, 1995
- Charles C. Capen, Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 1993
Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service
The Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service honors faculty members whose contributions to the development and implementation of university policies and programs through non-administrative roles have been extensive and have made documentable impact on the quality of the university. The recipients also have continued to provide effective teaching and have maintained an active program of research, scholarship, or creative work. Recipients are nominated by members of the university community and selected by a committee of faculty, administrators, and previous recipients. They receive both a cash award of $3,000 and an increase of $1,200 to their base salaries from the Office of Academic Affairs.
- Lynne E. Olson, Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 2006
- Clarence Cole, Professor Emeritus, 2004
- Stephen M. Reed, Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 2002
Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award
The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Awards recognize individuals or groups who have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at Ohio State and to exceeding expectations in implementing the Diversity Action Plan. The program, now in its 21st year, rewards efforts to enhance diversity on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran or military service status, gender identity, economic status, political belief, marital status or social background. Recipients were honored with a plaque and a $1,200 honorarium at a spring luncheon during the Office of Minority Affairs’ ninth annual National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning. The University Senate Committee on Diversity sponsors the awards program in cooperation with the Office of Human Resources.
- Nongnuch Inpanbutr, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 2006
Distinguished University Professor
The Distinguished University Professor title is awarded permanently to no more than three exceptional faculty per year. The title recognizes accomplishments in research, scholarly or creative work, teaching, and service that are both distinguished and distinctive. The Office of Academic Affairs awards honored faculty an annual budget of $10,000 for a period of three years to support their academic work. Honorees are expected to continue a regular program of teaching, research, scholarly or creative work, and service.
- Yasuko Rikihisa, Professor, 2014
- Linda J. Saif, Professor, Food Animal Research Program, 2002
- Charles C. Capen, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 2001
Distinguished Staff Award
The Distinguished Staff Award recognizes 12 staff members, who have had five years of continuous service, for exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and service to the university community by significantly improving or enhancing the quality of worklife in ways that make a substantial difference for their colleagues; contributing to outstanding and sustained improvements in customer services; and developing creative solutions to problems that result in significantly more effective and efficient university operations. The Office of Human Resources awards honorees a $1,500 cash award and a $700 increase to their base salary.
- Karin Zuckerman, Veterinary Medical Center, 2021
- Kate Hayes-Ozello, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2013
- Danelle Auld, Veterinary Hospital, 2009
- William L. Cox, Veterinary Hospital, 2002
- Charyl A. Holloway, Veterinary Hospital, 2001
- Marian L. Beck, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1999
- Kelly A. Norris, Veterinary Hospital, 1998
- Richard R. Howard, Veterinary Preventive Medicine, 1992
University Distinguished Lecturer
The University Distinguished Lecture Series annually recognizes two senior faculty for their outstanding academic achievement, particularly - but not exclusively - in research, scholarship or creative activity. Each recipient presents a scholarly lecture, open to the university community and to the public, followed by a reception. The lecturer receives an award of $5,000 from the Office of Academic Affairs to be spent in support of an academic program or project of his or her choice.
- Robert L. Hamlin, Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 2006
Larry M. Lewellen Award for Distinguished Service
The Distinguished Service Award was established by the Board of Trustees in 1952 to recognize individuals who have rendered exceptional service to the university. Awards are not made on the basis of long, faithful, or loyal service alone, but rather for service that is truly distinguished. Recipients of this award have provided a broad spectrum of services to the university in both official and unofficial capacities.
- Robert L. Hamlin, Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, 2006