Faculty Awards

Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences honors faculty who exemplify deep and broad commitment, skill, effectiveness, impact and leadership in teaching and scholarship.

Distinguished Teaching

Candidates include instructors of any course in the College of Arts and Sciences, excluding Graduate Teaching Assistants, who are available to students both inside and outside the classroom, communicate effectively, demonstrate passion both for teaching and for their given area of expertise, foster students involvement/participation in the classroom, and provide a healthy classroom environment.

Outstanding Faculty Mentor

Candidates include full-time faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Regents Professor, or Clinical Faculty who offer good advice and information to undergraduate students to foster academic and professional success, share time and expertise with undergraduate students outside of class, involve undergraduate students in research and creative activity, and serve as role model for undergraduate students in the discipline.

Junior Faculty for Scholarly Excellence

The Junior Faculty Mentor award goes to a faculty member who has inspired the less-experienced around them by passing on their accumulated knowledge and experience.


The endowed Wise-Diggs-Berry Award is given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in the visual, performance or written arts.

Community Engagement

The nomination of candidates for the Award of Community Engagement for Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences shall originate from any faculty member within the College on the campus of Oklahoma State University. The award shall consist of a cash amount and a plaque which will be presented by the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Chair of the Arts and Sciences Faculty Council (ASFC), or representatives thereof at the fall meeting of the College (Fall Convocation) which is usually in September.

Regent’s Distinguished

The Regent’s Distinguished Teaching Awards is given every year to two Arts and Sciences full-time faculty members who have evidenced unusually significant and meritorious achievement in the instruction of students. The Regent’s Distinguished Research Award, also given annually to two Arts & Sciences full-time faculty members, recognizes research excellence including creative scholarly activities.