Faculty Service and Leadership Awards

The Faculty Service and Leadership awards were established in 2018 by the Provost's office, in collaboration with Faculty Senate leadership, to recognize faculty excellence in various service, research, and leadership areas. The selection committee is chaired by the Faculty Senate Deputy Speaker and consists of four other faculty members, along with the Vice President for Public Affairs and the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. The call for nominations is typically sent out in January and award winners are announced at the Spring Teaching Awards ceremony.

Read and download the 2022 Call for Nominations.

Marjorie Corcoran Award

This award is given annually to a Rice faculty member who has made major contributions to the advancement of women or underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, either in support of students at Rice or through local, state, or national programs, with a particular commitment to engaged mentoring. Winners receive $2,500 and a certificate signed by the provost and president.

Previous Winners
  • 2022 Janet Braam
  • 2021 Bonnie Bartel and Carolyn Nichol
  • 2020 none
  • 2019 Mike Wolf and Randi Martin
  • 2018 Pat Reiff

Excellence in Professional Service and Leadership Award

This award is bestowed annually on a faculty member who has made significant contributions to the academic profession or to the wider community (local, national or international) through professional service and leadership. Winners receive $3,000 and a certificate signed by the provost and president.

Previous Winners
  • 2022 Jane Grande-Allen
  • 2021 Rick Wilson
  • 2020 Fred Oswald
  • 2019 Anthony Brandt
  • 2018 Ashley Leeds and Moshe Vardi

Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service Award

This award is bestowed periodically on a faculty member who fulfills the Rice academic ideal by exhibiting exemplary achievement in all aspects of faculty responsibilities: research, teaching, and service. Winners receive $6,000 and a certificate signed by the provost and president.

Previous Winners
  • 2022 Lydia Kavraki and Eden King
  • 2021 Caleb McDaniel
  • 2020 Kirsten Ostherr
  • 2019 Matthias Henze and Marcia O'Malley
  • 2018 Anthony Pinn and Richard Baraniuk

Excellence in University Service and Leadership Award

This award is bestowed annually on a faculty member who has made significant and distinctive contributions to the mission of Rice University through exceptional university service and leadership. Winners receive $3,000 and a certificate signed by the provost and president.

Previous Winners
  • 2022 Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Ric Stoll
  • 2021 Janet Braam and Chris Johns-Krull
  • 2020 Keith Cooper
  • 2019 John Hutchinson
  • 2018 Kathy Matthews and Susan McIntosh