Edward A. Dickson Emeritus/a Professor Award

The UC Davis Emeriti Association issues a call for Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award applications each spring quarter. The Call for 2019 is now open. Nominations/submissions must be made by 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2019. 


Edward A. Dickson served as a regent of the University of California from 1913 to 1946, the longest tenure of any regent. In 1955, Mr. Dickson presented the university with an endowment to support and maintain special annual professorships to be awarded to retired academic senate faculty members. The award is described in the gift document as follows:

“For the support and maintenance of special annual Professorships in the University of California to which shall be appointed by the President, with approval of The Regents, persons of academic rank who have been retired after service in the University of California and who shall receive such awards in addition to their retirement or pension allowances. Awards shall be made upon such conditions of service, research, or teaching as The Regents may require. Professorships so awarded shall be known as the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorships.”

Call for the Award

The UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA) cordially invites emeriti/ae to apply for the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award for 2019–2020. Mr. Dickson specified that the endowed funds are to be used for annual awards to emeriti/ae professors to support their teaching, research, public service. Separate endowments support these professorships at each UC campus, and each award is administered on that campus. At Davis, the UCDEA administers these awards in collaboration with the provost’s office. The sum of $25,000 is available to successful applicants in 2019–2020. One or more awards may be given this year, up to the $25,000 limit.

The call for the Dickson Award is issued in the spring of each year. The Call is now open. Please submit request by 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Proposal Preparation

Proposals should be submitted electronically to the UCDEA Awards and Recognition Committee, in care of the Retiree Center by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Proposals should clearly indicate how the applicant would use the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship in accordance with the intent of the donor for support of teaching, research, and/or public service. For example, the funds could be used to explore new ideas in research, teaching and/or public service for which time and/or funds were not available while a member of the active faculty. The Emeriti Professorship is usually used for direct research or project expenses but can also be used for a salary stipend for emeriti/ae on recall.

Proposals should be concise, but with enough detail to allow careful evaluation and should include a budget indicating how the funds would be used with brief justification for categories such as salaries, supplies, and travel. The highest priority will be given to proposals that clearly benefit the campus and for which funding is not available from other sources.  Download the Call and additional guidelines.

Review Process

All proposals received at the Retiree Center by 5:00 p.m. on May 14, 2019 will be reviewed by the UCDEA Awards and Recognition Committee which then will present its findings to the president of the UCDEA. Recommendations will then be forwarded to the vice provost for academic personnel for final approval and appointment to the professorship.

Post-Award Report

The term of the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship is one year, beginning on September 1 and ending on August 31. A report of accomplishments that have resulted from the professorship will be expected at the end of this period.

2017-2018 Dickson Award winners
The 2017-2018 winners were presented at the Chancellor's Luncheon in January 2018. From left: Frederic Troy, II, Martha Macri, Peter Hays, Provost Ralph Hexter, and MRC Greenwood.

UCDEA recipients of 2018-2019 Dickson Professorship Awards

The UC Davis Emeriti Association is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award. The award is supported by an endowment provided by Edward A. Dickson for the support of emeriti professorships and is awarded to one or more of our emeriti faculty on an annual basis. A candidate whose project is selected is also designated as an Edward A. Dickson Professor Emeritus during the year of support. The nomination and selection process is overseen by the Executive Committee of the UC Davis Emeriti Association (UCDEA) and implemented by the association's Awards and Recognition Committee.

  • Professor Emerita Caroline Chantry, Pediatrics; “Strengthening Babies Through Mobile Health” 
  • Professor Emeritus Anthony Philipps, School of Medicine; “Pediatric Heart Disease Training in Haiti”

Past Winners