Faculty of Distinction

Our faculty and staff have been awarded many prestigious awards. Staff members are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture Award

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American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow
Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award

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College-Level Faculty Endowed Chairs and Professorships


David Michael Winton and Penny Rand Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts

  • Queen Quet, Geography, Environment, and Society

Paul W. Frenzel Land Grant Chair in Liberal Arts

Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts

Samuel Russell Chair in Humanities

Beverly and Richard Fink Faculty Fund in the Liberal Arts 

John Black Johnston Professorship

Dean's Medalists
Department-Level Faculty Endowed Chairs and Professorships


John and Elizabeth Bates Cowles Endowment in Journalism and Mass Communication

  • Matthew Weber, Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication

Amos S. Deinard Memorial Chair in Modern Jewish History

Starke Hathaway Endowed Chair in Clinical Psychology

Raymond O. Mithun Land Grant Chair in Advertising

  • Jisu Huh, Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication

Curtis L. Carlson Professor of Economics

Arleen Carlson Professor of Political Science

Frederick Thomas Professorship in Lang & Law

Don A. Martindale Endowed Chair in Sociology

Lowell W. Hellervik/PDI Professorship in Organizational and Counseling Psychology

Nadine Jette Sween Professorship in Dance

Marvin D. Dunnette Distinguished Chair in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Barbara Barker Professorship in Dance

Otto A. Silha and Helen F. Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law

  • Jane Kirtley, Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication

Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible

Sundet Family Chair in New Testament and Christian Studies

John M. Dolan Professor of Philosophy

Stephen C. Feinstein Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Thomas Sargent Professorship in Economics

John  P. Campbell Professorship in Industrial & Organizational Psychology

Stephen R. Setterberg, M.D., Faculty Endowment in Philosophy

Don R. and Carole J. Larson Professorship in Journalism

  • EmilyVraga, Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication 

Mary Griggs Burke Endowed Chair in Asian Studies

Carter-Schwab Professorship in Economics

School of Music Ethel Alice Hitchcock Land Grant Chair in Accompanying and Coaching

Distinguished McKnight University Professorships

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Graduate and Professional Education Award

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Guggenheim Fellowships

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John Tate Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

The John Tate award may be given to faculty & non-faculty advisors.
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  • 2017-18 - Jennifer Jane Marshall, Art History
  • 2015-16 - Maryanne Williams, Spanish and Portuguese Studies*
  • 2014-15 - Becky Mooney, Psychology*
  • 2014-15 - Les J. Opatz, CLA Student Services*
  • 2013-14 - Kathleen Hansen, Journalism & Mass Communication
  • 2011-12 - Timothy Johnson, Political Science
  • 2010-11 - Rebecca Rassier, Individualized Degree Programs *
  • 2009-10 - Paul Timmins, CLA Career Services *
  • 2008-09 - Ellen Sunshine, Martin Luther King, Jr. Program *
  • 2007-08 - Holly Hatch-Surisook, Psychology *
  • 2006-07 - Mary Moga, CLA Honors *
  • 2005-06 - Thomas “Ted” Fitch, Arts Student Community *
  • 2005-06 - Rob Silberman, Art History
  • 2004-05 - Gary Thomas, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
  • 2003-04 - Sally Taylor Lieberman, CLA Honors *
  • 2002-03 - Jane Anderson, Social Sciences Student Community *
  • 2000-01 - Pamela Price Baker, CLA Honors *
  • 1999-2000 - Daniel Kelliher, Political Science
MacArthur Fellowships

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McKnight Land-Grant Professors

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McKnight Presidential Endowed Chairs

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  • 2008-09 - Kathryn Sikkink, Political Science
  • 2003-04 - Phyllis Moen, Sociology
  • 2001-02 - Mark Snyder, Psychology
McKnight Presidential Endowed Professors

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McKnight Presidential Fellows

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Morse-Alumni Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

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Nobel Prize

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  • 2007 - Economic Sciences - Leonid Hurwicz, Economics
President's Award for Outstanding Service

This award recognizes both faculty & staff who have demonstrated outstanding service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments and service units.

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Regents Professorships

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Rome Prize

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Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

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Scholars of the College

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