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, innovation or invention beneficial to society, and humanitarian outreach.
The degree should be awarded in honor of extraordinary achievement over an entire career and not merely to honor a single achievement;
Honorary Degree Selection Committee Procedures
Nominations should be sent to the Honorary Degree Selection Committee. Nominations should be made in a one- to two-page statement or letter outlining the nominee's achievements and must be accompanied by four letters of support, at least two of which must come from faculty members of the appropriate college. Letters of support should be limited to two pages.
The Honorary Degree Committee consists of the following voting members:
The Faculty Senate Committee on Committees shall appoint the chair of the Honorary Degree Selection Committee from the list of seven faculty appointees.
Committee members serve for three years, but initial appointments should be staggered to ensure continuity and overlap of terms.