University Distinguished Professors represent the highest level of achievement for our faculty, They are recognized as pre-eminent authorities in their fields and their accomplishments are exemplified by outstanding teaching, mentoring, discovery and service. They demonstrate to the world the high quality of scholarship underway at Texas A&M University.​

Current Guidelines:

Previous Guidelines:
 2020-2021 University Distinguished Professor Guidelines

University Distinguished Professor Nomination Package Template 

University Distinguished Professor Coversheet

University Distinguished Professor Standard Solicitation Letter

Selection Committee Makeup: 
Membership of the Awards Committee will be composed by six University Distinguished Professors serving staggered two-year terms. The members of the Awards Committee must be from six different colleges/schools, and any member must not be reappointed for two years after their term is finished. The Provost and the Executive Committee of Distinguished Professors will each select three members for the awards committee.
Executive Committee of Distinguished Professors:
The Executive Committee of Distinguished Professors consists of nine Distinguished Professors. Each year, three are elected for a three year term.

The current Executive Committee members are:

  • B. Don Russell, Electrical & Computer Engineering (Emeritus) -- Chair 2020-2021
  • Olga Kocharovskaya, Physics & Astronomy (2023)
  • Richard Golsan, International Studies (2023)
  • Bani Mallick, Statistics (2023)
  • Paul Hardin, Biology (2022)
  • Dorothy Shippen, Biochemistry & Biophysics (2022)
  • Nick Suntzeff, Physics & Astronomy (2022) 
  • Catherine Eckel, Economics (2021)
  • John Gladysz, Chemistry (2021) -- Vice Chair 2020-2021
  • Fuller Bazer, Animal Science (2021)
Executive Committee of Distinguished Professors Bylaws

Distinguished Professors Award Selection Committee List:
View a list of the current Distinguished Professors Award Selection Committee.

University Distinguished Professor Recipient List:
Current University Distinguished Professor List
Emeritus and/or Past University Distinguished Professor List
2020 University Distinguished Professor Press Release
2021 University Distinguished Professor Press Release

1. Each awardee will be named University Distinguished Professor and will keep his or her current title and rank (i.e., Professor of ‘Name of Field’).  Existing Distinguished Professors can add the University Distinguished Professor title and continue to use their current title and rank (i.e., Distinguished Professor of 'Name of Field').

2. The title is bestowed forever.

3. The number of nominations may vary from year to year.

4. All University Distinguished Professors appointed after the summer of 2011 will be guaranteed one month of summer salary for any two of the first three years after receiving the honor. (The Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost will fund one month during the second summer following the appointment. The second month of summer will be funded by the college/department either the first or third year after receiving the honor).

5. Each University Distinguished Professor will receive an annual bursary of $5,000 for five years. There is no time limit to spend the bursary as long as the faculty member is employed by the university. Any balances remaining in the bursary accounts five years after a faculty member retires will be returned to the Office of the Dean of Faculties. Any balances remaining in the account after a faculty member leaves the university will be returned to the Office of the Dean of Faculties at the time of separation.