Distinguished Service Awards and Honorary Degrees Committee
The Distinguished Service Award was created by the University of Oregon
Assembly on 2
The following information is taken from US06/07-8
The University of Oregon shall offer the following criteria for the awarding
of Honorary Degrees.
No honorary degree shall be granted by the University of Oregon to any
person(s) who is/are currently employed by the Oregon State System of Higher
Education, or to any person(s) currently holding elective office within
the United States.
PROCEDURE FOR THE SELECTION AND GRANTING OF AN HONORARY DEGREE
a. To an individual or individuals who has/have shown outstanding scholarship
or artistic achievement in their lifetime;
b. To an individual or individuals who has/have performed extra-ordinary
public service or distinguished service in their lifetime.
1. The Distinguished Service Award Committee shall include the following:
The President of the University of Oregon or his/her designee
Chairperson of the Faculty Advisory Council
President of the University Senate
Chairperson of the Graduate Council
Chairperson of the Undergraduate Council
Representative of the Vice President for Advancement
Director of the University of Oregon Alumni Association
Five (5) members of the teaching faculty
President of the Student Senate
President of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon
2. This Committee shall in early October commence the eliciting of applications
from the University community as well as from the broader community of
the State of Oregon the names of individuals who have met the criteria
given in a. & b. above.
a. The Committee shall screen applications, ask for more information about
the nominees, and investigate, to their satisfaction that the nominee(s)
meet the criteria given above.
b. It is the responsibility of the Committee to judge each nominee and
to determine whether it is appropriate to send the name to the University
c. The Committee shall do all of its work on honorary degrees in the strictest
d. The University Senate, in Executive Session, shall discuss the candidates
presented by the Committee. Members of the Committee shall make the presentations
in support of the nominee(s) separately.
e. The University Senators shall discuss, ask questions of the presenters
from the Committee if necessary, and shall vote separately on each nominee.
A vote of two-thirds is necessary for the nomination to be approved. Approval
of a nomination will place a name into a pool of approved nominees.
f. The President of the University Senate shall formally inform the President
of the University of Oregon of positive votes of the Senate only. Nominees
failing to get the two-thirds vote shall not be forwarded to the University
President. All documentation on successful nominees shall be turned over
to the University President by the President of the University Senate.
g. The Distinguished Service Award Committee will review, on at least an
annual basis, the pool of approved nominees to ensure that it remains appropriate.
h. From among the group of candidates approved by the University Senate
for an Honorary Degree, the President will forward up to two nominees to
the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. When the State Board of Higher
Education has approved of name(s) submitted by the University of Oregon
for this honor the President of the University shall formally notify the
candidate(s) and invite them to take part in the honoring ceremony. Names
of successful candidates must be forwarded to the State Board of Higher
Education at least 90 days prior to the awarding of the degree(s).
The following information is taken from Motion
US00/01-6 which revises the charges to the standing University Committees.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS & HONORARY DEGREES COMMITTEE
CHARGE & RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Distinguished Service Awards & Honorary Degrees Committee shall
be responsible for the screening, investigation and recommendation of candidates
to receive the Distinguished Service awards (no more than 3 per year) and
Honorary Degrees (no more than 2 per year). The committee‰s recommendations
shall be presented to the University Senate for discussion and final approval.The
criteria for selection are contained within the pertinent University Assembly
minutes and are on file in the President's Office. The Distinguished Service
Award cannot be given to current University of Oregon faculty.
Membership of the Distinguished Service Awards & Honorary Degrees
Committee is fixed and consists of5 teaching faculty, plus the following
ex officio members: UO President or designee (chair), Advisory Council
chair, University Senate president, Graduate Council chair, Alumni director,
A.S.U.O. president, and Student Senate chair.
The Distinguished Service Awards & Honorary Degrees Committee shall
report to the University Senate. At a minimum this report shall be in the
form of an annual written report submitted by the Committee Chair to the
Secretary of the University Senate no later than the final University Senate
meeting in May. The committee shall also make additional written or oral
reports to the Senate as necessary.
See also US01/02-4
which is a process for filling vacancies on elected committees:
7.1 Since 1991-92, all non-elected committees established by faculty legislation
are appointed by the Committee on Committees, a committee appointed by
the University Senate. The Secretary of the Faculty shall coordinate the
elections of faculty to elective committees. The secretary shall arrange
for the filling of vacancies on elected committees and councils by notifying
the next eligible candidate, determined in descending order of the number
of votes received in the most recent election for the relevant committee
or council. If no eligible candidate is available to fill the vacancy,
the Senate Executive Committee, with advice and recommendations from the
Committee on Committees, shall appoint an eligible faculty member to fill
the vacancy until the next regular election cycle. Filling a vacancy shall
not preclude the appointee from standing for election to the same committee
or council during the next election cycle if eligible.
Exerpts from the Senate
Charter dealing with the Distinguished Services Award and Executive
1.3 The University Senate reserves the right to declare an "Executive Session."
At this time all non-Senators are required to leave the chambers. However,
the "Executive Session" does allow the media to remain, but media representatives
must promise not to compromise the details of the "Executive Session."
(See Distinguished Service Award/Honorary Doctorate below.) Distinguished
Service Award Election
7.4 The University Senate declares itself in "Executive Session" when considering
nominees for the Distinguished Service Award. The President of the Senate
is authorized to request persons present at the time of the election of
those to receive the Distinguished Service Award to refrain from making
such names public until the University officially announces the names of
the honorees. Honorary Doctorates
7.5 The University Senate has established criteria for granting the
honorary doctorate. Copies of these criteria are available from the Secretary.
The Senate shall declare itself in "Executive Session" when considering
nominees for this degree
Exerpts from US06/07-15
dealing with degrees for students interned in 1942:
Notwithstanding any other legislation,
(1) The University Senate of the University of Oregon directs the Distinguished
Service Award Committee to implement HB 2823 (2007), which grants the University
of Oregon authority to award an honorary degree to a person who was a student
at the University of Oregon in 1942 and who was ordered to an internment
camp, as follows:
a. The Committee shall seek and screen requests for degrees, ask for more
information about the person(s) in question, and investigate, to its satisfaction,
that the person(s) meet the criteria of HB 2823.
b. It is the responsibility of the Committee to
judge each request and to determine whether it is appropriate to forward
the person's name to the University Senate for consideration.
c. The Committee shall do all of its work in the
strictest of confidence.
d. The University Senate, in Executive Session,
shall discuss the case(s) presented by the Committee. Members of the Committee
shall make the presentations in support of each person separately.
e. The University Senators shall discuss, ask
questions of the presenters from the Committee if necessary, and shall
vote separately on each person. A vote of two-thirds is necessary for the
case to be approved.
f. The President of the University Senate shall
formally inform the President of the University of Oregon only of those
persons receiving Senate approval. Cases failing to get the two-thirds
vote shall not be forwarded to the University President. All documentation
on successful cases shall be turned over to the University President by
the President of the University Senate.
g. The Distinguished Service Award Committee will
review cases periodically and expeditiously.
h. If the President of the University endorses
the decision(s) of the University Senate, the President shall take whatever
additional actions that are necessary to implement the award(s) appropriately.
i. The chair of the Distinguished Service Award
Committee shall notify the President of the University concerning requests
denied either by the DSA or by the Senate, and the President shall take
what action the President feels appropriate.
(2) The Distinguished Service Award Committee may, in consultation
with the Academic Requirements Committee, with the Independent Study Program,
and with other appropriate University Committees, recommend instead the
award of an academic rather than an honorary degree to a person who was
a student at the University of Oregon in 1942 and who was ordered to an
internment camp. In such a case, the processes outlined in 1a)-1i) shall
(3) Effective date: This legislation shall take effect if HB2823
is enacted into law during 2007.
Information on the student members and the ex-officio members is incomplete.
1999-2000: Dave Hubin (Chair); Stuart Thomas, Molly Westling, Wesley Wilson,
Jon Erlandson, Grant McKernie. Linda Kintz, Jessica Timpany, Wylie Chen,
Dan Rodriguez, Peter Gilkey, David Frank.
2001-2002: Ian Duncan, Ken; Ramsing,; Stuart Thomas; Anne McLucas, Deb
Merskin; Dave Hubin (chair),; Peter Wright, Nilda Brooklyn, Dan Rodriguez,;
Nathan Tublitz,; Larry Dann, Peter Watts.
2002-2003: Dave Hubin, chair; Brown, Richard; Merskin, Deb; Djiffack, Andre;
Erlandson, Jon; Hurwit, Jeff; Rachael Pilliod; Dan Rodriguez; Greg McLaughlan;
Shaul Cohen; Jackie Lyn Ray; Paul Doerksen
2003-2004: Dave Hubin, Chair; Andre Djiffack; Jon Erlandson; Jeff Hurwit.
Michael Moffitt, Leslie Straka, Dave Hubin, Rachael Pilliod, Dan Rodriguez,
Jackie Lyn Ray, Paul Doerksen.
2004-2005: Dave Hubin (Chair), Michael Moffitt, Leslie Myron Straka, Andre
Djiffack, Raymond King, Tom Wheeler, Dan Rodriguez.
2005-2006: Dave Hubin (Chair), Andre Djiffack, Tom Wheeler, Caroline Forell,
, Renee Irvin, Dan Rodriguez.
2006-2007: Dave Hubin (Chair), Caroline Forell, Renee Irvin, Bruce Blonigen,
Alison Kwok, Dan Rodriguez.
2007-2008: Bruce Blonigen, Economics; Alison Kwok, Architecture; Frances Cogan, Honors College; Peter Gilkey,
Mathematics ; Richard Sundt, Art History; Dave Hubin (Chair), ASUO Pres; Dan Rodriguez; UO Senate Chair;
FAC Chair; ASUO Senate Chair; Graduate Council Chair.
2008-2009:Dave Hubin (Chair); Frances Cogan, Honors College; Peter Gilkey, Mathematics;
Richard Sundt, Art History; James Mohr, John Bergland, Lynn Kahle, Jane Gordon; Ex
officio: Graduate Council Chair (designee Professor Chou); Undergraduate Council
Chair (TBA) Dave Hubin, President's Office, Chair; ASUO President; Dan Rodriguez,
Alumni Director; University Senate President (Paul van Donkelaar); FAC Chair (John
Lysaker); President, Student Senate; Betsy Boyd Associate Vice President for Public
and Government Affairs.
- The membership for 2009/2010 is available on the University Committee Web Page
2009/10 University Committee Web Page. It will be posted to this archival web page in
late May 2010.