Office of the Provost

Wilson Hall, Room 205
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-2190

Oakland University President and Provost, standing on either side of a distinguished professor holding a plaque.

Distinguished Professors

In 1988, the Oakland University Board of Trustees established the rank of Distinguished Professor to be conferred on eminent faculty members for the duration of their service at Oakland. According to the criteria for Distinguished Professor status, the individual must be preeminent in at least one of three categories: scholarship, teaching, or public or professional service. This distinction has been conferred on a small and highly select group of outstanding individuals. Honorees are selected by the Provost and the Distinguished Professor Advisory Committee.

Past Distinguished Professors:

2001 and prior

Gertrude M. White
Department: English

Venkat N. Reddy
Department: Biomedical Sciences

Jack R. Moeller
Department: German Language

Laszlo J. Hetenyi
Department: Education

Karl D. Gregory
Department: Economics and Management

2002

Jane D. Eberwein
Department: English

Ronald L. Cramer
Department: Education

Sheldon L. Appleton
Department: Political Science

2003

Paul Tomboulian
Department: Chemistry

2004

Robert T. Eberwein
Department: English

Michael Chopp
Department: Physics

2005

Michael D. Sevilla
Department: Chemistry

2006
Not Awarded

2007

Robert C. Finucane
Department: History

2008
Not Awarded

2009

Judith K. Brown
Department: Anthropology

2010

Gopalan Srinivasan
Department: Physics

2011

Eddie Cheng
Department: Mathematics and Statistics

2012

Sayed Nassar
Department: Mechanical Engineering

2013

Andrei Slavin
Department: Physics

2014
Not Awarded

2015

Jacqueline Wiggins
Department: Music, Theatre and Dance

Edward Hoeppner
Department: English

Meir Shillor
Department: Mathematics and Statistics

2016

Todd Shackelford
Department: Psychology

Maria Bryant
Department: Chemistry

2017

Yang Xia
Department: Physics

2018

Frank Giblin
Department: Biomedical Sciences and Directory, Eye Research Institute

Terri L. Orbuch
Department: Sociology

2019

John-Paul White
Department: Music

Lianxiang Yang
Department: Engineering

Xiangqun Zeng
Department: Chemistry

2020

Linda Pavonetti
Department: Education

Karen Sheridan
Department: Theatre

Vijayan Sugumaran
Department: Decision and Information Science

2021

David Garfinkle
Department: Physics

Zissimos Mourelatos
Department: Mechanical Engineering

Barbara Oakley
Department:  Industrial & Systems Engineering