University of California, Riverside

UCR Emeriti & Retirees Associations

Dickson Award

The Edward A. Dickson Emeritus/a Professorship

Call for Awards:  Submissions due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2018

All UCR emeriti faculty are invited to submit proposals for the Edward A. Dickson Emeritus/a Professorship Award.

  • Emeriti faculty may submit only one proposal each.
  • Every proposal must clearly specify the project to be accomplished during the course of the award and must be in accordance with the intent of the donor to support teaching, research or public service.
  • The proposal should describe the project or activity, address the amount of time the individual will devote to the project or activity and include a detailed budget specifying how funds will be used. 
    • Appropriate use of funds includes, but is not limited to, travel to research or activity sites, salary for assistants, and purchase of necessary supplies or services. 
  • Proposals should be concise, but provide sufficient information to permit the selection committee to make an informed decision about their merit. 
  • Candidates are urged to submit proposals in language understandable to a general audience.

The award is open to all Emeriti Faculty, regardless of whether or not they are on recall for teaching and/or research. It is advised that applicants consult with the Benefits Office regarding possible tax and retirement implications, if they have other compensated appointments with the University. Awards are not to be used to supplement recall salary.

Proposals of no more than 4 pages should be submitted along with a 2-page CV, to the Committee on Faculty Welfare at the Office of the Academic Senate by 5:00 p.m., FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018.   The proposal should address the significance of the project or activity, the applicant’s expertise or experience and any preliminary work on, or preparation for, the project or activity.

Applications may also be submitted electronically to

History of the Award

The Edward A. Dickson Emeritus/a Professorship Award at the Riverside campus began in the 2008-2009 academic year. This accolade is presented for teaching, research, or public service activities that are in accordance with the intent of the donor. For 2014-15, the awardee(s) shall be known as the Edward A. Dickson Emeritus/a Professor for the duration of the award and receive up to $6,000, which may be used for salary, travel or research support, subject to all policies and requirements of the University and the Riverside Campus.

Links to these guidelines are provided and on the Academic Senate website, under the heading "Awards":

At the end of the award period, each awardee will submit a concise written report of the accomplishments that have resulted from the Professorship.

Selection Committee and Process

The Selection Committee shall be the Committee on Faculty Welfare of the Riverside Division of the Academic Senate, whose membership includes active and retired faculty. The Committee will evaluate the proposals and the nominees' previous contributions in the areas of teaching, research and service. The nomination package is subject to CAP review, in concurrence with UCR's Policy on Endowed Chairs. After CAP has reviewed and approved the nomination(s), they are sent to the EVC/P for appointment, which is effective the following academic year.

Award Requirements

Each emeritus professor receiving support from the Dickson endowment shall be known as the Edward A. Dickson Emeritus/a Professor for the duration of 2018-19. Each awardee must provide a concise written report of the accomplishments that have resulted from the Professorship, in concurrence with the UCR Policy on Endowed Chairs. The reports should be submitted to the EVC/P by September 30, 2019 and will be made available to the Selection Committee upon request. Individuals may receive this award only once during their career.

Background of the Award

Edward A. Dickson served as a regent of the University of California from 1913-1946, the longest tenure of any Regent. His vision is credited with helping to make the Los Angeles campus a reality. In 1955 Mr. Dickson presented the University with an endowment to provide for annual special professorships for retired faculty.

The 1955 gift document describing this award states:

For the support and maintenance of special annual professorships in the University of California to which shall be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Regents, persons of academic rank who have been retired after service in the University of California and who shall receive such awards in addition to their retirement or pension allowances. Awards shall be made upon such conditions of service, research or teaching as The Regents may require. Professorships so awarded shall be known as the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorships.

In 2003 the funds for the Dickson award were separated into ten endowments, one dedicated to each campus. The responsibility for making the awards was delegated to the Executive Vice Chancellor or chief academic officer at each of the ten campuses. On the UCR campus, award oversight and evaluation is performed by the UCR Academic Senate Committee on Faculty Welfare.

Former Dickson Award Recipients


Mulla, Mir Entomology


Gable, Frederick K. Music


Pattanaik, Prasanta.K. Economics


Platzer, E. G. Nematology


Slusser, George Comp Lit
Stoltzfus, Ben Comp Lit
Montgomery, Kathleen SoBA

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