Evan Pugh Professorship nominations sought

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Nominations for Penn State's Evan Pugh Professorships are being sought by the Office of the President.

"The Evan Pugh Professorship recognizes outstanding scholarly and professional achievement among a highly select group of Penn State faculty," President Graham Spanier said. "We are pleased to open the nomination process again this year to fill a limited number of positions."

A total of 62 Evan Pugh Professors have been named since the professorships were established in 1960. The 20 currently active Evan Pugh Professors and the year of their appointments are as follows: George E. Andrews, mathematics, 1981; Harry R. Allcock, chemistry, 1985; Nicholas Winograd, chemistry, 1985; A. Welford Castleman, chemistry, 1986; Moses H. W. Chan, physics, 1994; Masatoshi Nei, biology, 1994; James B. Anderson, chemistry, 1996; Paul F. Baum, mathematics, 1996; Leonard S. Jefferson, cellular and molecular physiology, 1996; Robert D. Hume, English, 1998; Alexander Wolszczan, astronomy and astrophysics, 1998; Richard B. Alley, geosciences, 2000; Kenneth M. Weiss, anthropology and genetics, 2000; Anthony Cutler, art history, 2004; Joanna Floros, cellular and molecular physiology, 2004; Nigel Higson, mathematics, 2006; Mary Jane Irwin, computer science and engineering, 2006; Judith Bond, biochemistry and molecular biology, 2009; Donald Hambrick, business management, 2009; and Thomas Mallouk, chemistry and physics, 2009.

The selection process is administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Evan Pugh Advisory Committee will review nominations and make recommendations to the president.

The Evan Pugh Research Professorships were established in 1960 to honor preeminent professors and recognize the importance of research in supporting the quality and reputation of the University.

In 1973, the Board of Trustees approved a title change to "Evan Pugh Professor of (discipline)." Professors are selected without regard to college affiliation, program, or location. Professorships are granted only to candidates who are acknowledged national and international leaders in their fields of research or creative activity.

Candidates must “have demonstrated excellent teaching skills and contributed significantly to the education of students, both undergraduate and graduate, who subsequently have achieved demonstrable recognition for excellence in their fields." Candidates also must hold the rank of professor with at least five years of service to Penn State.

All nominations must be submitted to the dean of the academic college in which the nominee is appointed. Requests for “Guidelines for Preparation of Nominating Materials” or questions pertaining to the process should be directed to Ruth Weber, assistant to the vice president for research, 304 Old Main, phone 814-863-9580 or email rim100@psu.edu. The closing date for receipt of nominating materials to the deans is Oct. 14.

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Last Updated September 06, 2011