2020 Award Recipients will be announced on Sept. 15, 2020.

2019 Award Recipients

The Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award recognizes departments or interdisciplinary groups at Oregon State University that have demonstrated exceptional teamwork in creating and sustaining an exemplary teaching and learning environment to advance the university’s strategic goal of student success and excellence. The 2019 award goes to the Founders of the Learning Assistant Program: Dennis Bennett (Director, Writing Center), Lori Kayes (Senior Instructor I, Integrative Biology), and Devon Quick (Senior Instructor I, Integrative Biology).

The Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring Award recognizes and encourages outstanding mentoring of postdoctoral appointees by OSU faculty members. The 2019 recipient is Ramesh Sagili, Associate Professor of Apiculture, College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Herbert F. Frolander Graduate Teaching Assistant Award recognizes graduate students who have excelled in their capacity as teaching assistants.  For 2019, this honor is given to Thaddaeus Buser, Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fisheries & Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Postdoctoral Excellence Awards are granted to two exceptional postdoctoral scholars, fellows or research associates for their exceptional contributions to their research field, OSU and the greater postdoctoral community. The 2019 recipients are Priyadarshini Chakrabarti Basu, Research Associate in Horticulture, College of Agricultural Sciences and Susanna Keriö, Research Associate of Botany & Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Promising Scholar Award recognizes the scholarship of junior faculty. The 2019 recipient is Elise Lockwood, Associate Professor of Mathematics, College of Science.

The OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship recognizes OSU faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in a specific project or activity resulting in substantial impact beyond the university setting. The 2019 honor is given to Chong Fang, Associate Professor of Chemistry, College of Science.

The OSU Exemplary Employee Award honors one professional faculty member and one classified staff member for their outstanding performance. The 2019 recipients are Kristin Beem (Professional Faculty), Marine Technician, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and Niddy Lindsley (Classified Staff), Executive Assistant and Analyst Programmer, Office of Student Success for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

The University Mentoring and Professional Development Award recognizes those who excel in supporting and encouraging OSU employees to participate in professional and/or educational development opportunities. The 2019 honoree is David Hendrix, Associate Professor, Biochemisty & Biophysics, College of Science and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering.

The OSU Outreach and Engagement Award recognizes significant and meritorious work which enhances reciprocal learning with our students, partners and stakeholders through outreach and engagement activities. The 2019 honor is given to Flaxen Conway, Professor and Director of Marine Resource Management, College of Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences.

The OSU Professional Faculty Excellence Award recognizes exceptional service to the university community by faculty who serve in non-academic units or whose service in an academic unit is not defined within the traditional academic categories of teaching, research, or extension. This 2019 honoree is Jeffrey Clawson, Manager of the Pilot Brewery, College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award recognizes a member of the OSU community who contributes to and enhances the environment of OSU through consistent and sustained efforts to improve opportunities for the diverse communities we serve. Luhui Whitebear, Assistant Director of the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, Diversity & Cultural Engagement is the 2019 award recipient.

The purpose of the International Service Award is to recognize exemplary, on-going contributions of OSU faculty and staff to the internationalization of the university by enhancing student, faculty, and staff awareness and participation in international education, research, and related activities. Aaron Wolf, Professor of Geography, College of Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences is the 2019 award recipient.

The Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award recognizes outstanding advising of undergraduate students by a member of the OSU faculty, as well as demonstrated success in teaching, research and service. This honor is given in 2019 to Daniel Smith, Senior Instructor and Head Advisor of Food Science & Technology, College of Agricultural Sciences.

The OSU Academic Advising Award recognizes undergraduate academic advising by professional faculty rank as well as fixed-term academic rank faculty whose primary role is advising and acknowledges advising as a profession making a pivotal contribution to the OSU community. The 2019 recipient is Mary Chuinard, Director of Undergraduate Student Services, College of Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences.

The purpose of the Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award is to recognize scholarly achievement and a level of innovation and effort that far exceeds expectations. Barbara Lagerquist, Senior Faculty Research Assistant of the Marine Mammal Institute, College of Agricultural Sciences is the 2019 recipient.

The Industry Partnering Award recognizes a faculty member who achieves extraordinarily high impact innovations through research collaborations with industry.  The 2019 honor is given to Burak Sencer, Assistant Professor in Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering.

The Faculty Innovator Award recognizes a faculty member whose extraordinarily high-impact innovations from research are translated into transformative results that help promote economic development and social progress. The 2019 honoree is Douglas Keszler, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, College of Science.

The OSU Faculty Excellence in Online Teaching Award recognizes faculty who devote a significant amount of time to online teaching and online course development of for-credit courses. In 2019, the award recipient is Yvette Gibson, Instructor, Online Rangeland Science Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences.

The OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award honors unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching and scholarship which enhances effective instruction. The 2019 honor is given to Lori Kayes, Senior Instructor I, Integrative Biology, College of Science.

The D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award recognizes individuals for exceptional, ongoing, dedicated and unselfish concern for and service to OSU faculty. The 2019 honoree is Raymond Malewitz, Associate Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts.

The Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award recognizes full professors who have been at OSU a minimum of 15 years and consistently provide direct instruction to undergraduate students. Andrew Blaustein, Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology, College of Science is the 2019 recipient.

The Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award recognizes an individual for outstanding undergraduate teaching; research, particularly related to improvement of instruction; and professional leadership. In 2019, the recipient is Gita Cherian, Professor of Animal & Rangeland Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences.

The OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award recognizes a faculty member for superior academic performance, professional renown, and service to the University and to the public. In 2019, the honoree is Maret Traber, Ava Helen Pauling Professor, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

The Beaver Champion Award is Oregon State's President's award which recognizes an individual or individuals who continually demonstrate outstanding effort and achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested, and performance of the highest quality. The 2019 honorees are JoAnne Bunnage, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Accreditation, Office of the Provost; Mike Goodwin, President and CEO, OSU Foundation; and Shelly Signs, Director of University Events, University Relations and Marketing.

The following awards will not be presented in 2019:

The Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award honors graduate faculty members who have extraordinary records of excellence and effectiveness in mentoring graduate students.

View all awards available, along with deadlines and the application process.  Help us recognize the outstanding faculty and staff that you work with by nominating them for next year!


Watch the 2019 University Day Awards video!