Brady Presidential Distinguished Professors


The honor was established in 2006 as a way to recognize WSU faculty members who have demonstrated the highest quality teaching, scholarship, research and community service.A generous gift from Rodney and Carolyn “Mitzi” Brady made funding for the recognition possible. The late Rodney Brady served as WSU president from 1978-85.


The purpose of the Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor Program is to provide prestigious recognition to outstanding members of the WSU faculty, to encourage teaching, scholarship, and research of the highest quality, to assist in the recruitment and retention of outstanding WSU faculty members, and to provide funds that will enable faculty to further their professional academic objectives.The Weber State University designation of Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor recognizes and rewards faculty members who have displayed incredible dedication to teaching and education.


To be eligible to be considered for the Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor, a candidate needs to have been a member of the WSU faculty for at least five years, must be tenured, and must carry the title of full professor. Current administrators are not eligible.


Faculty members selected will be recognized with the title Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor, a title that will be retained throughout their tenure at WSU, and upon retirement from WSU they will carry the title Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

Each Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor awardee will receive a cash award in the total amount of $16,000, payable over four (4) years in the amount of $4,000 per year as a salary supplement or funds for professional development or research support. Payments will continue until the full $16,000 is received, but only as long as the awardee remains employed by WSU.


Faculty members are nominated by current or past WSU colleagues, administrators and/or students. Nominees are screened and evaluated by a selected group of senior faculty and academic administrators appointed by the provost. The finalists are recommended by the president of the university to the Board of Trustees for approval.

Those wishing to nominate faculty for the Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor Award should email a letter of nomination to the Provost's Office, The selection will be based on the letter of nomination.Additional materials will not be solicited from the nominees.

The Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor awardees will formally receive the award at the spring WSU commencement exercises.

Brady Presidential Distinguished Professors

2022: Michael Hernandez, Valerie Herzog

2021: Michael Vaughan, Mikel Vause

2020:Sara Dant, Christopher Hoagstrom

2019:Leah Murray, Shi-Hwa Wang

2018:Dan Bedford, Therese Grijalva, Sheree Josephson

2017:Micheal Stevens, Stacy Palen

2016:John Mull,Paul Schvaneveldt

2015:Sally Bishop Shigley, John E.Sohl

2014:Jennifer Turley, Kirk Hagen

2013:Hal Crimmel, Adam Johnston, Shane Schvaneveldt

2012:Diane M. Kawamura, John Mukum Mbaku

2011:Brooke Arkush, Judy Elsley, Yu-Jane Yang

2010:John Cavitt, Lauren Fowler, Edward Walker

2009:Jim Christian,Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski, Susan Matt, Adolph Yonkee

2008:Brad Carroll, Brian Davis

2007:Eric Amsel,Yasmen Simonian,Michael Wutz

2006:Craig Oberg, Gene Sessions, Samuel Zeveloff