Distinguished Research Professorship Award


Award Description

The purpose of this award is to recognize tenured faculty at the rank of professor who have achieved a truly exceptional record of creative activities or research productivity and who demonstrate a record of continued extraordinary productivity. The award consists of the designation “University Distinguished Research Professor” and a one- time supplement of $5,000 added to the base salary. Up to five awards may be made per year to the most qualified candidates. The Award recipients are recognized at the Salute to Faculty Excellence dinner and ceremony in the fall.

2020 Nomination Guidelines


Submission Process

All nominations for awards to take effect on September 1, 2020 should be submitted using the Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Nomination portal. Here is the link: https://vpaa.unt.edu/nominate. If you have any questions please contact Annie Garcia at Ana.Garcia@unt.edu or (940) 565-3987.



All completed nomination packets must be received by the Office for Faculty Success by October 25, 2020. See the Call for Nominations for specific details.


Selection Process/Eligibility

Nominations for the designation of University Distinguished Research Professor shall be made by the department chair and submitted to the school or college dean.  A candidate’s nomination must be based upon a record of sustained excellence over the course of his/her career. School or college nominations shall be forwarded by the dean to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and shall include a letter of evaluation of the candidate by the dean.  Nominations will be reviewed by the University Distinguished Research Professor Selection and Review Committee.  To be eligible for this award, an individual must be a full-time tenured professor, have a record of exceptionally distinguished research or creative activity, and demonstrate evidence of the potential for continued extraordinary productivity.

UNT Policy 06.016


Current Distinguished Research Professors

Year Faculty Member Department
2019-2020 Shobhana Chelliah Linguistics 
2018-2019 Richard Croft Vocal Studies
2017-2018 Craig Neumann Psychology
2017-2018 Arup Neogi Physics
2016-2017 Warren Burggren Biological Science
2016-2017 Rajarshee Banerjee Materials Science and Engineering
2015-2016 Valerie Martinez-Ebers Political Science
2014-2015 Rajiv Mishra Materials Science and Engineering
2014-2015 Jyoti Shah Biological Sciences
2013-2014 Dornith Doherty Studio Art
2013-2014 Marco Buongiorno Nardelli Physics
2013-2014 Mohammed Omary Chemistry
2012-2013 Richard Dixon Biological Sciences
2012-2013 Narendra Dahotre Material Science and Engineering
2012-2013 Francis D'Souza Chemistry
2012-2013 John Peters English
2012-2013 Yong Tao Mechanical and Energy Engineering
2011-2012 John Ishiyama Political Science
2011-2012 John Ross Linguistics & Technical Communication
2010-2011 Steven Friedson Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology
2010-2011 Timothy Jackson Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology
2009-2010 Weston Borden Chemistry
2009-2010 J. Baird Callicott Philosophy & Religion
2009-2010 Jan Martin Chemistry
2007-2008 Timothy Montler Technical Communication

For more information on this distinguished honor please visit UNT Policy 06.016.