UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus/a Professor Award

The UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus/a Award honors outstanding scholarly work or service (e.g., service in professional, university, Academic Senate, emeriti/ae, departmental, editorial posts or committees) performed since retirement by a UC Davis emeritus/a. The award is administered by the UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA).


The Nomination process

The provost, deans, department chairs and emeritae/i are asked to nominate or solicit nominations for this award from their constituent departments. Emerita and emeritus faculty members may also nominate themselves.

Nominations should include:

  • A nomination letter outlining the nominee's distinctive scholarly work and/or educational service since retirement
  • A curriculum vitae listing accomplishments since retirement
  • Three references who can comment specifically on the nominee’s achievements since retirement.

Please submit nominations by 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 2, 2020 to the association by email to retireecenter@ucdavis.edu.

Review Process

All proposals will be reviewed by the UCDEA Awards and Recognition Committee which will present its recommendations to the UCDEA Executive Committee for approval.

Post-Award Report

Distinguished Emeritus/a Award recipients receive a plaque and a cash award of $1,000. The award will be announced at the annual Emeriti and Academic Retirees Luncheon in January 2021.

For Further Information

Please contact the UCDEA Awards and Recognition Committee via the UC Davis Retiree Center.

Professor Emerita Linda Morris awarded 2020 UC Davis Distinguished Professor Emerita Award

Linda Morris, winner of the 2020 UC Davis Distinguished Emerita Award.

Professor Emerita Linda Morris, Department of English, has had a very prolific and well recognized productive period since her retirement in 2005, In 2007 she published her ground-breaking book, Gender Play in Mark Twain: Cross-Dressing and Transgression. Her book has had a major impact on the next generation of Twain scholars, offering a whole new perspective on Twain’s career. Morris was the first recipient of the Olivia Langdon Clemens Award, and a year later she received a Charlie Award from the American Humor Society “in recognition of significant contributions to the field of humor studies.”

With Professor Ronald Jenn of Lille University, Morris was awarded a prestigious France-Berkeley research grant to study the multiple source materials for Mark Twain’s Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. Together they published papers on Twain’s Joan of Arc, inspired the publication of a special issue of American Realism devoted to Joan of Arc, and a French collection of essays on Joan in America. Morris was invited to present a lecture on that subject at the Historial Jeanne d’Arc in Rouen; in addition, a film Morris helped create, “Mark Twain et Jeanne d’Arc: L’ Histoire d’une Passion” was awarded first prize in the documentary category at the Paris Anstie Film Festival in 2018. Morris has published a number of scholarly papers since her retirement, including work on Roz Chast, Frances Trollope, and most recently, a co-written paper with Professor Kate Morris on the humor of Cree artist Kent Monkman.

In addition to her scholarly work she has actively contributed to her local community, serving for nine years on the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, and for three years as President of the organization. She also served as President of the Mark Twain Circle of America.

Morris served on the Davis faculty for 28 years, beginning as the Director of Subject A in the English Department, and for many years as Director of the Writing Program. She had the honor, as well, of co-founding with Karl Zender the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, which is thriving to this day.  She ultimately served as Director of Women’s Studies and Chair of the Department of English. 

We are honored by the recognition she brings to UC Davis in her retirement.

Past Recipients