The University of Iowa, with the approval of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, confers Honorary Degrees to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in such areas as research, scholarship, education, artistic creation, social activism, human rights, humanitarian outreach, or as recognized by the faculty as being consistent with the values of higher education. Honorary Degree Policy
Honorary degrees may be conferred at commencement ceremonies in the appropriate college or at University convocations. Honorary degrees normally will be conferred only when the honoree is present. On rare and unusual occasions an honorary degree may be conferred in absentia.
The Honorary Degree Selection Committee is comprised of Professors Laurie Fajardo (Radiology), Andrew Hollingworth (Psychology), Kevin Kregel (Office of the Provost), Jerald Schnoor (Civil and Environmental Engineering), John Solow (Economics) Timothy Stalter (Music), Katherine Tachau (History), and James Torner (Epidemiology), chair.
Nominations may come from colleges or from individual faculty members. If a nomination comes from an individual, the Honorary Degree Selection Committee will consult with the appropriate faculty before recommending any nominee for an honorary degree. Committee recommendations must be approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.
Nomination packets should be coordinated through one individual then submitted to the Honorary Degree Committee in care of Evalyn Van Allen-Shalash, Office of the Provost, 111 Jessup Hall, via email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for receipt of nominations is FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013.
What to Include
Nomination packets should include:
A one- to two-page letter of nomination outlining the nominee's achievements, which must include:
Four, and only four, letters of support.
Nominations that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.
For more details on nominations, see www.uiowa.edu/~honorary/policy or contact Evalyn Van Allen-Shalash at 319-335-0142.