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Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors
About the Award
The Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorships were established with an endowment gift from the late UND benefactor Chester Fritz, 1892-1983. Revenue from the endowment provides for cash stipends to one or more full-time UND faculty members, who thereafter may use the title "Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor."
Criteria for Selection
- Demonstrated achievement across research, teaching, and service with significant national or regional recognition in any one of these missions.
- Significant professional contributions throughout his/her career. However, the basis for selection of Chester Fritz Professors will be heavily weighted toward one’s accomplishments at UND.
- Recognition by University of North Dakota colleagues as a faculty member who has made a valuable contribution to the quality of UND’s academic programs.
- Full-time member of the faculty which includes all ranked teaching and research personnel. Department chairs are eligible if he/she is a full-time member of the faculty. (Full-time administrators, e.g., vice-presidents and deans, are not eligible).
The nomination packet should contain sufficient information for the committee to evaluate the nominee.
- The nominator(s) must submit a nomination letter. Nominator(s) must be a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, Full Professor, or Department Chair.
- College Deans must second all nominations in writing.
- Letters of support from other faculty are encouraged.
- A current curriculum vitae of the nominee must accompany the nomination.
A selection committee appointed by the Provost provides specific recommendations for individuals whom should be awarded the Chester Fritz Professorship based on selection criteria.
Dates and Deadlines
- Nomination packets are due in the College Dean’s office by February 15.
- Complete nomination packets with letters from the nominator(s) and seconder (College Dean) are due in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs by February 28.
- The Provost convenes a selection committee. The committee forwards a rank ordered list of names to the Provost by March 15 with specific recommendations for who should be awarded the Chester Fritz Professorship.
- The Provost reviews the committee’s recommendations and forward the recommendations to the President.
- Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorships are awarded at Spring Commencement.
Terms of Appointment
Once awarded, the recipient always carries the title “Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor.”
Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors
- Holly Brown-Borg, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics
- Sharon Carson, English
- Colin Combs, Biomedical Sciences
- F. Richard Ferraro, Psychology
- Michael Gaffey, Space Studies
- Jonathan Geiger, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics
- William D. Gosnold, Geology & Geological Engineering
- Birgit Hans, Indian Studies
- Joseph Hartman, Geology & Geological Engineering
- Mark R. Hoffmann, Chemistry
- Gordon L. Iseminger, History
- Cindy Juntunen, Counseling Psychology
- Alena Kubatova, Chemistry
- Michael D. Mann, Chemical Engineering
- James Mochoruk, History
- Thomas Mohr, Physical Therapy
- Myrna R. Olson, Teaching & Learning
- Thomas Petros, Psychology
- Michael Poellot, Atmospheric Sciences
- Wayne Seames, Chemical Engineering
- MaryAnn Sens, Pathology
- William F. Sheridan, Biology
- Roxanne Vaughan, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Jack Weinstein, Philosophy & Religion
- Michael Wittgraf, Music
- Stephen Wonderlich, Clinical Neuroscience
Former Faculty Members Honored with Fritz Professorships
- Michael A. Anderegg, English (retired)
- James Antes, Psychology & Peace Studies (retired)
- Michael C. Beard, English (retired)
- Robert Beck, Law (deceased)
- Richard Beringer, History (retired)
- William V. Borden, English (deceased)
- Edward C. Carlson, Anatomy & Cell Biology (retired)
- William E. Cornatzer, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (deceased)
- Richard D. Crawford, Biology
- Kenneth J. Dawes, Social Work (retired)
- Sandra Donaldson, English (retired)
- Mike Ebadi, Neuroscience & Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics (deceased)
- Ronald C. Engle, Theatre Arts (retired)
- Albert J. Fivizzani, Biology (retired)
- Mary Lou S. Fuller, Elementary Education (retired)
- Elizabeth Hampsten, English (retired)
- Carla Wulff Hess, Communication Sciences and Disorders (retired)
- Richard L. Hill, Educational Administration (retired)
- Warren Jensen, Aviation (retired)
- Harvey Knull, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- David O. Lambeth, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (retired)
- Richard G. Landry, Educational Measurements & Statistics (retired)
- Diane K. Langemo, Nursing Practice and Development (retired)
- Donald K. Lemon, Educational Leadership (retired)
- Robert W. Lewis, English (deceased)
- Frank Low, Anatomy (deceased)
- Richard L. Ludtke, Sociology (retired)
- Roger Melvold, Microbiology & Immunology (retired)
- James E. Mitchell, Neuroscience (retired)
- Robert C. Nordlie, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (deceased)
- Lewis K. Oring, Biology
- Leon Osborne, Atmospheric Science (deceased)
- Surendra S. Parmar, Physiology (retired)
- Brian O. Paulsen, Art
- Russell Peterson, Education (deceased)
- Lewis J. Radonovich, Chemistry
- Paul D. Ray, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (deceased)
- John L. Rowe, Business and Vocational Education (deceased)
- Isaac Schlosser, Biology (retired)
- Mary Jane Schneider, Indian Studies (deceased)
- Santhosh Seelan, Space Studies (retired)
- Donald E. Severson, Chemical Engineering (retired)
- Brij Singh, Biomedical Sciences
- Virgil Stenberg, Chemistry (retired)
- Jeffrey L. Stith, Atmospheric Sciences
- Kathleen Tiemann, Sociology
- D. Jerome Tweton, History (retired)
- Stephen K. Wikel, Microbiology and Immunology
- Sharon Wilsnack, Neuroscience (retired)
- Charles A. Wood, Space Studies
- Kevin Young, Microbiology and Immunology
Chester Fritz attended UND from 1908 to 1910.
He became an international trader in precious metals and lived most of his life in China and Europe. In establishing the endowment for the professorships — just one of his many gifts to UND — as an "investment in the future of my Alma Mater and of the people who make the future what it shall be." He added, "I am especially indebted to the fine teachers who, in the end, have determined in large measure how well I was able to learn and to use the knowledge that the University of North Dakota could provide."