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Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor Award

The Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor Award was created to honor Chancellor Wyatt upon his retirement in 2000. The award is intended to recognize accomplishments that span multiple academic disciplines.

The title is conferred upon a full-time faculty member, regardless of rank or school, for the development of significant new knowledge from research or exemplary innovations in teaching. The announcement is made at the Spring Faculty Assembly.

The recipient carries for one year the title Joe B. Watt Distinguished University Professor and receives a $2,500 cash award and an engraved silver tray. Members of the Faculty are invited to submit nominations to the Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate Consultative Committee reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the Provost. Final selection is made by the Chancellor in consultation with the Provost.

Previous Winners

  • 2001 Douglas Fuchs (Special Education) and Lynn S. Fuchs (Special Education)
  • 2002 Judy G. Ozbolt (Nursing)
  • 2003 Paul A. Cobb (Teaching and Learning)
  • 2004 Marshall C. Eakin (History)
  • 2005 Gary F. Jensen (Sociology)
  • 2006 Sankaran Mahadevan (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • 2007 Kenneth A. Wallston (Psychology)
  • 2008 David Charles Wood (Philosophy)
  • 2009 Dana D. Nelson (English)
  • 2010 David S. Kosson (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • 2011 Bruce E. Compas (Psychology and Human Development)
  • 2012 Janos Sztipanovits (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • 2013 Tom D. Dillehay (Anthropology)
  • 2014 Owen D. Jones (Law and Biological Sciences)