Edward A. Dickson Emeritus/a Professor Award

Dickson Professorships announced for 2020-2021

July 10, 2020

Congratulations to both Professor Emerita Suad Joseph and Professor Emeritus Robert (Bob) Rucker for being named to the 2020-2021 Edward A. Dickson Professorship, an endowment award given in recognition of service, research, or teaching to persons of academic rank, who have been retired after service in the University of California.

  • Suad Joseph, Ph.D.; Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies,  will continue her work in “Gendered and Cultural Framework for Refugee Mental Health: The Arab Crisis.”
  • Robert B. Rucker, Ph.D.; Nutrition, will use the award to continue his study, “Pyrroloquinoline quinone: Additional studies related to its physiological importance.”

The Emeriti Association is pleased to support their projects and looks forward to their success.


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.”

The UC Davis Emeriti Association issues a call for Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award applications each spring quarter. The Call for 2020 has been completed. 

Past Recipients