Distinguished Service Award

Recognizing exemplary service

The Distinguished Service Award honors a faculty member or librarian for distinguished service to the university, a profession, a discipline, or the public. The annual award is intended to recognize service in the same way that other awards recognize distinguished teaching or research.

The winner of the Distinguished Service Award will receive a one-time cash award of $5,000. In addition to this prize, recipients of the award will be honored at a fall semester reception, and will be considered for the W. George Pinnell university-wide award.

Read about 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipients


Any faculty member or librarian is eligible for nomination.

No distinction is made between persons who have been appointed to a service role and those who have not. However, the emphasis is on exceptional service in one, and usually more than one, role.

Those currently in administrative posts above the departmental level are not eligible.

Types of service appropriate for consideration

The committee will apply the following criteria approved by the Bloomington Faculty Council (Circular B27-86).

Nomination process

The nomination should clearly describe the nature and extent of the service activities. Supporting evidence, such as evaluative comments by persons who are acquainted with or who have benefited from the service, is helpful.

Nominations may be made by any full-time faculty member directly to the committee or through departmental chairpersons or deans. Supporting statements or evidence should be assembled by the nominator and put into a single digital file (PDF or Word document) and sent by email no later than February 1 to vpfaa@indiana.edu.

The Committee on Distinguished Service Awards will review the nominations and the winner will be announced at the end of the spring semester.

If you have any questions regarding this competition, please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs at 812-855-2809 or email vpfaa@indiana.edu.