Provost Awards

Provost's Award for Excellence Seal


The Provost Awards were established in 1993 because outstanding teaching, research and service are central to the mission of Fresno State and because the dedication of our professorial faculty deserves special recognition.  Recipients of the Provost Awards provide our students with a stimulating environment that fosters learning and affirms the university as the intellectual and cultural leader of the San Joaquin Valley. The purpose of the Provost Awards is to honor those faculty members who set new standards of excellence and represent the heart of this great university.

Provost Awards Recipients 2019-2020

Excellence in Teaching

Dave Goorahoo, Professor of Plant Science

Faculty Service

Helda Pinzon-Perez, Professor of Public Health

Research, Scholarship and Creative Accomplishment (awarded jointly)

Blain Roberts, Professor of History
Ethan Kytle, Professor of History


Beth Weinman, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Promising New Faculty

Katherine Fobear, Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Vadim Keyser, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Zhi Liang, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Matin Pirouz, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Tricia Van Laar, Assistant Professor of Biology

Mariya Yukhymenko, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Outstanding Lecturer

Kao-Ly Yang, Department of Linguistics

Special Award for Exemplary Service

Center for Faculty Excellence


Faculty and staff participated in a virtual celebration of the distinguished achievements of our colleagues on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.