The Distinguished Professor of Instruction Award recognizes candidates for advancement to Professor of Instruction who excel in teaching, institutional and professional service, and their record of publications at time of advancement. The two-year award carries a one-time grant, which may be used for research and teaching initiatives.

This professional development award is funded by the UI Alumni Association's endowment of the Dean's Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. The CLAS Committee on Faculty Promotion and Tenure selects each year's Distinguished Professor(s) of Instruction from among those recommended for advancement to Professor of Instruction.


Elizabeth Oakes

Elizabeth Oakes

School of Music

Elizabeth Oakes is a dedicated teacher and an active chamber musician, chamber music coach, and performer of the violin. She runs the Chamber Music Residency Program at the University and serves as the director of the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program. Through these positions, she has created multi-dimensional artist-residencies with quartets. She has been a deserving recipient of recognition for her work at the University of Iowa through the awarding of titles such as Distinguished Professor of Instruction, Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer, and is also a recipient of the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence.