Spring Message for Faculty

Dear Colleagues:

The foundation of any great university is its outstanding faculty. At The Ohio State University, we are privileged to count among our colleagues a host of the world’s leading scholars, across dozens of disciplines, advancing the frontiers of human knowledge on a daily basis. Recently, we have taken the time to recognize and acknowledge several of our faculty and their luminous contributions.

We have awarded more than a dozen teaching, research and service recognitions over the past term, and just last week a group of us surprised microbiology professor Tina Henkin during a faculty meeting to announce she had been selected as a Distinguished University Professor – the university’s highest faculty honor. More surprise celebrations are coming soon!

Our faculty also have garnered recognition on the national and international stage. Nine scholars from business and clinical medicine to engineering and space science were named to the Thomson Reuters’ 2015 list of Highly Cited Researchers, a measure of worldwide impact. Five faculty members were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, while two scientists were named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Artist Ann Hamilton received the National Medal of Arts; historian Geoffrey Parker was named a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; and art historian Julia F. Andrews received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

While it is important to celebrate individual achievements, most of our success lies in the rich collaborations across our 15 colleges. These incredible faculty partnerships are leading research and discoveries in the arts and humanities, neuromodulation, food security, computational science, big data and more.

I am grateful for your contributions in the classroom, laboratory and in our communities. Thank you again for your talents and dedication, and best wishes for a wonderful spring and summer.


Michael V. Drake, MD