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Distinguished Research Professor


Application portfolios are due to the Graduate School by 4:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday in November.

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The SIUE Distinguished Research Professor is an academic rank awarded to SIUE faculty members in order to recognize outstanding and sustained contributions to research and creative activities.


Tenured members of the SIUE faculty who have held the rank of Professor at SIUE for at least five years are eligible for this recognition.

Nature of Award

The Distinguished Research Professor rank recognizes faculty members who have made an outstanding contribution to research or creative activities as a result of their continued commitment to scholarship beyond the period of their promotion to Professor. Recipients of the Award will be recognized with the rank of "SIUE Distinguished Research Professor" for the duration of their tenure at SIUE. The recipients will be officially listed as “Distinguished Research Professor of [name of academic discipline].”

Recipients of the rank of “Distinguished Research Professor” will receive a $1,000 increase in their academic year base salary. They will also be provided with one semester of Assigned Time for Research, at a time to be negotiated with their department chair and school/college dean. Additionally, recipients of the “Distinguished Research Professor” rank will receive a medallion to be worn with their academic regalia, and their names will be placed on plaques displayed in Rendleman Hall.

The SIUE Distinguished Research Professor recognition will not be given automatically; it will only be awarded to nominees demonstrating superior merit. Pending availability of funds and deserving applicants, up to two awards may be given each year.


  • Fourth Monday in November - Completed applications are due to the Graduate School by 4:30 p.m.
  • January-March: The Evaluation Committee analyzes application materials, requests more information if necessary, contacts outside evaluators and referees, etc., and makes recommendations for the award to the Graduate School
  • Beginning of March: Award announced
  • March: Award is formally presented at Graduate School Research Symposium Luncheon
  • Summer: Award disbursement made through University payroll system


Program Guidelines

Application Cover Sheet

Past Winners

2016 Distinguished Reseach Professors: George Pelekanos, Ali Kutan

2014 Distinguished Research Professor: Albert Luo

2013 Distinguished Research Professor: Majid Molki

2012 Distinguished Research Professors: Richard Brugam, Keqin Gu

2011 Distinguished Research Professors: Allison Funk, Edward Sewell

2010 Distinguished Research Professors: Steve Rigdon and Ronald Schaefer

2009 Distinguished Research Professors: Margaret (Peg) Simons, Leah O'Brien

2008 Distinguished Research Professors: Paul Dresang, Ursula Ledzewicz

2007 Distinguished Research Professors: Rik Hafer, Krzysztof Jarosz

2006 Distinguished Research Professors: Timothy Patrick, Marian Smith

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