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Centennial Professorship Award

About the award

In 1984, the Associated Students of Arizona State University (ASASU) had a vision. They sought to recognize, encourage, and award ASU faculty based on their outstanding leadership and instruction both within and beyond the classroom. The need to attract and retain the highest quality leaders and teachers to our faculty was the catalyst that led to the establishment of the Associated Students Centennial Endowment Fund which allowed the creation of the Centennial Professorship Award.

By acknowledging and promoting these qualities of academic excellence and community service and embeddedness in our faculty, the Centennial Professorship program seeks to encourage all faculty members to continue their innovative educational practices both in and outside the classroom.

The Centennial Professorship Award is very prestigious, and recipients are recognized and announced in April on the GPSA & ASASU website and in the GPSA Awards Ceremony.

What is the award?

The Centennial Professorship Award recognizes faculty on all ASU campuses engaged in scholarship, emerging leadership, dedication to community service, and enrichment of students’ academic experience.

Who is eligible?

Any faculty who has made significant contributions to the educational development of ASU students through outstanding instruction both in and out of the classroom, and is

  1. engaged in scholarship, in and out of the classroom setting, and who is dedicated to sharing knowledge and skill with the wider community.
  2. esteemed by students as an outstanding teacher due to preparedness and organization of the classes he or she teaches and due to the quality learning environment that this instructor creates through the use of innovative teaching strategies.
  3. known for enthusiastically challenging, motivating, and inspiring students toward academic excellence, but at the same time, succeeds in making difficult material understandable to students.
  4. able to enjoy and recognize the importance of working with students and enhancing their education out of the classroom, leading them to potential careers, graduate programs, or other opportunities when appropriate.
  5. willing to use the stipend to benefit students through (but not limited to) the betterment of the technology used in instruction or lab, or hiring student assistants.

What is the prize?

Each year three winners are awarded each (1) a cash prize of $5,000 and (2) an additional $5,000 to be used for the benefit of the students in classroom instruction and teaching innovation. For example, this could include upgrading the technology in the classroom or by hiring a teaching assistant. They will receive cross-campus recognition and be honored at the Annual Awards Ceremony in the spring.


Applications are currently closed.

Application and required documents

1. A Personal Statement (no longer than 5 pages (single or double spaced) that addresses the applicant’s:

  • teaching philosophy;
  • goals for continued teaching development and innovation;
  • contributions to the education of students both in and out of the classroom;
  • involvement with community service (academic/scientific and local);
  • description of intended uses of the award;

2. A Curriculum Vitae highlighting the applicant’s

  • relevant teaching activities and professional/academic development;
  • accomplishments and contributions in the field of study;
  • efforts to both mentor ASU students beyond the classroom, and serve in leadership roles in the community (academic/local) that potentially benefit them.

3. Letter of Support from a graduate or undergraduate student (up to two):

  • describes how the applicant has contributed to the education of ASU students both within and beyond the classroom;
  • provides specific examples demonstrating the impact on either the students or the academic/local community;
  • the letters of support should be provided by graduate and undergraduate students the applicant has interacted with during the Spring 2019 semester to present.


Applicant rubric

Email Template for students to encourage professors to apply.


The Centennial Professorship Award program is run by the executive officers of Associated Students of Arizona State University (ASASU) and is made up of both USG and GPSA members.  


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Centennial Professorship Award Past Recipients

2022 Megan Jehn  
  Kelvin Wong  
  Carola Grebitus  
2021 Geoffrey Gonsher Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
  Michael Ostling Barrett, The Honors College
  Susanne Pfeifer The College: School of Life Sciences
2020 Aggie Yellow Horse School of Social Transformation, Asian Pacific American Studies & Justice and Social Inquiry
  Silvie Huijben School of Life Sciences, Center for Evolution and Medicine
  Yang Weng School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
2019 Matthew Buman College of Health Solutions
  Javier Gonzalez-Sanchez CIDSE (School of Computing Informatics and Decisions Systems Engineering)
  Marianne Moore College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Science and Mathematics
2018 Brooke Coley Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  Justin Jager T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
  Barbara S. Smith School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
2017 Chingwen Cheng The Design School
  Wendy Oakes Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
  Lindsey Moses Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
2016 Joseph Henderson Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
2015 Joseph Blattman School of Life Sciences
  Sara Brownell School of Life Sciences
  Jacquelyn Scott Lynch Barrett, the Honors College
2014 Bonnie Wentzel Social & Behavioral Sciences
  Alice Daer English Department
2013 Douglas Kelley Social & Behavioral Sciences
  Daniel Hruschka School of Human Evolution and Social Change
  Sarah Buel College of Law
2012 Aaron Golub School of Sustainability
  Cynthia Lietz College Of Public Programs
2011 Calvin Schermerhorn School of History Philosophical, & Religious Studies
  George Wolf Chemistry and Biochemistry
2010 Kellie Palazzolo School Of Communication
  Christopher Wharton Nutrition Program
2009 David Frakes

Department of Electrical Engineering/Department of Bioengineering

  Susan Beiner School Of Art
2008 Kimberly Scott Educational Leadership and Policy
  Guy Cardineau BioDesign/School of Life Sciences
2007 Jennifer Brougham Social & Family Dynamics
  Pamela Stewart History
  Orde Kittrie College of Law
2006 Jennifer Tsukayama Department of Dance
  Robert Edsall Department of Geography
2005 John Rosa Asian Pacific American Studies
  Laura Peck Public Programs
2004 Matthew C. Whitaker Department of History
  Janetta McCoy College of Design
2003 Shannon Ringenbach Kinesiology
  Kyle Longley College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2002 Kaye Reed Anthropology
  Andrew Ellis Geography