Alumni Awards

Our alumni are our most important achievement and a major way in which we have an impact on the world. The Dietrich School recognizes and honors outstanding achievements of our alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award and Distinguished Professional Achievement Awards. These Awards highlight the diversity and quality of the contributions our alumni have made to the enrichment of our society and their professions.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Dietrich School or Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes and honors outstanding achievements of University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences alumni who are distinguished in three areas:

  1. Professional Achievement: Acknowledgment of the impact on their field at the local, regional, state, and/or international levels.
  2. Service and Support to the University of Pittsburgh and/or Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences: The candidate must provide continued service to the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences or the University of Pittsburgh through personal, professional and/or philanthropic engagement. This service and support may also be demonstrated by outstanding professional performance that reflects the excellence of a degree earned at the University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School.
  3. Professional and Public Service: Acknowledgment of volunteer service and/or awards conferred by professional organizations and/or academic societies; or service with organizations that contribute to the public good.

Eligibility

Nominees must be alumni of the University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences or its antecedent institutions (School of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences).

Nominations

Nominations must be submitted via the official form.

Recognition    

Awardees are recognized by Dean N. John Cooper prior to December 31st of the award year.

Recipients

2014: Jane Allred (A&S '71)
2015: Janice Holder (A&S ’71)
2016: Debbi Gillotti (A&S ’77)  

Distinguished Professional Achievement Award

The Dietrich School or Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professional Achievement Award recognizes and honors outstanding University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences alumni who are distinguished in two areas: 

  1. Professional Achievement: Acknowledgment of the impact on their field at the local, regional, state, and/or international levels.
  2. Professional and Public Service: Acknowledgment of volunteer service and/or awards conferred by professional organizations and/or academic societies; or service with organizations that contribute to the public good.

Eligibility

Nominees must be alumni of the University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences or its antecedent institutions (School of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences).

Nominations

Nominations are accepted year round and must be submitted via the official form.

Recognition

Awardees are recognized by the department chair of the degree granting department at a department event of their choice; or by Dean N. John Cooper if the alumni has outstanding professional achievements in a field outside of their degree granting department.

Recipients

2015: Lawrence J. Simpson (A&S '74G, '78G)
2016: Bert A. Rockman (A&S ’65)
2016: Michael Chabon (A&S '84)