Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Award

The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor award is the highest honor faculty can bestow on a colleague. This award was first presented in 1957-58 and has been presented annually ever since. The award was known as the Distinguished Professor award until 1981 when it was re-named in honor of the late Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert O. Lawton. At that time past recipients also were designated Lawton Distinguished Professors.

Selection Criteria

The Robert O. Lawton distinguished professor is chosen from the ranks of those teaching at Florida State University. The screening committee will make its recommendations on the basis or major contributions to teaching, research, or creative endeavors which have been made by the faculty member during his/her career at Florida State University. To be eligible for this award, the faculty member must be a tenured professor, have been at the University at least 12 years and, above all, have achieved true distinction in his/her discipline or profession. Although scholarly distinction is the primary qualification, evidence of quality teaching, including the directing of graduate research and service to the University and the academic community at large should be emphasized.

Year 2020-PresentRecipientField
2020-21Sharon NicholsonEarth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science
2021-22 Jorge PiekarewiczPhysics
Gary TaylorEnglish

Year 2010-2019RecipientField
2010-11Thomas E. JoinerPsychology
2011-12Jawole Willa Jo ZollarDance
2012-13Naresh S. DalalChemistry & Biochemistry
2013-14Shridhar K. Sathe *Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences
2014-15Mark A. RileyPhysics
2015-16Max GunzburgerScientific Computing
2016-17Joseph B. SchlenoffChemistry & Biochemistry
2017-18Jeffrey ChantonEarth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science
2018-19Pamela L. PerrewéBusiness Administration
2019-20Timothy CrossNational High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Year 2000-2009RecipientField
2000-01Christopher K. W. TamMathematics
2001-02Nancy H. Marcus*Oceanography
2002-03Kirby W. KemperPhysics
2003-04David KirbyEnglish
2005-06Jayne StandleyMusic
2006-07Alan G. MarshallChemistry & Biochemistry
2007-08Walter R. TschinkelBiological Science
2008-09Stanley E. GontarskiEnglish
2009-10Richard K. WagnerPsychology

Year 1990-1999RecipientField
1990-91Donald RobsonPhysics
1991-92Nancy Smith FichterDance
E. Imre Friedmann*Biological Science
1992-93James C. SmithPsychology
1993-94Jayaram SethuramanStatistics
1994-95Kurt G. Hofer*Biological Science
1995-96Janet G. BurrowayEnglish
1996-97Joseph TravisBiological Science
1997-98DeWitt SumnersMathematics
1998-99Myles HollanderStatistics
1999-00James J. O'Brien*Meteorology & Oceanography

Year 1980-1989RecipientField
1980-81Harry M. Walborsky*Chemistry
1981-82Robert GilmerMathematics
1982-83Robert M. Gagne*Ed Research, Dev, & Foundations
1983-84J. Herbert Taylor*Biological Science
1984-85Leo Mandelkern*Chemistry
Frank Proschan*Statistics
1985-86T.N. Krishnamurti*Meteorology
1986-87Daniel SimberloffBiological Science
1987-88Werner Herz*Chemistry
1988-89Clifford K. MadsenMusic
1989-90Richard L. Greaves*History

Year 1970-1979RecipientField
1970-71Ralph Allan Bradley*Statistics
1971-72Lloyd Mumbauer Beidler*Biological Science
1972-73Kellogg Wesley Hunt*English
1973-74I. Richard Savage*Statistics
1974-75Daniel Ralph Kenshalo*Psychology
1975-76Richard Gordon Fallon*Theatre
1976-77Elena Nikolaidi*Music
1977-78Richard L. Rubenstein*Religion
1978-79Seymour L. Hess*Meteorology
1979-80George M. Harper*English

Year 1960-1969RecipientField
1960-61Ernest Max Grunwald*Chemistry
1961-62Wiley Lee Housewright*Music
1962-63Michael Kasha*Chemistry
1963-64Dorothy Lois Breen Hoffman*Modern Languages
1964-65Carlisle Floyd, Jr.Music
1965-66Betty Monaghan Watts*Food and Nutrition
1966-67Raymond K. Sheline*Chemistry
1967-68Gregory R. Choppin*Chemistry
1968-69Eugene D. Nichols*Mathematics Education
1969-70Earl Frieden*Chemistry

Year 1957-1959RecipientField
1957-58William Hudson Rogers*English
1958-59Marian Doris Irish*Government
1959-60Anna Forbes Liddell*Philosophy

* Deceased faculty member