Published: Feb. 25, 2020 By

 2020–21 Distinguished Research Lectureship

The Distinguished Research Lectureship is among the highest honors bestowed by the faculty upon a CU Boulder colleague.

Each year, the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) requests nominations and a faculty review panel recommends one or more faculty members as recipients. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 6. Nominations should be submitted online.

About the lectureship

The lectureship honors a tenured faculty member, Research Professor (Associate or full) or Adjoint Professor who has been with CU Boulder for at least five years and is widely recognized for a distinguished body of academic or creative achievement and prominence, as well as contributions to the educational and service missions of CU Boulder.

The selection of the Distinguished Research Lecturer is based on the research and creative record of the nominee as presented in the nomination application and as recognized by experts in the field.

Recipients typically present a lecture in the fall or spring following selection and receive a $2,000 stipend.


Nominees for the Distinguished Research Lectureship must be: tenured faculty member, Research Professor (Associate or full) or Adjoint Professor who has been with CU Boulder for at least five years; recognized nationally/internationally for scholarship, research and creative work; and highly regarded for contributions to CU Boulder and its reputation.

Nomination procedure

Any faculty member may submit a nomination to the vice chancellor for Research & Innovation. The nomination’s supporting materials should include:

  • A statement (two to three pages) explaining the importance of the nominee’s research or creative work in his/her field and summarizing the research record
  • A current record of the nominee’s accomplishments or a current CV
  • A limited number of letters of recommendation from experts outside CU Boulder (as well as inside letters if appropriate)
  • If an applicant is not a recipient, the submission will remain in a pool of submissions for the following year. It may be appended as necessary before the next application deadline.

2019–20 lectureship recipient

If you go


Helmut Müller-Sievers, a professor in the Department of German and Slavic Languages and Literature, was selected to receive the 2019-20 Distinguished Research Lectureship.

Dr. Müller-Sievers’ talkEngineering Literature: Johann Wolfgang Goethe and the Novel Machine, will go back to the origins of this divergence in the late 18th century and show how the concerns of novelists and engineers were once closely aligned—that novels were understood to be machines as much as machines could be subjected to literary interpretation. At the center of his remarks will be the German poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749 – 1832).

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 17 from 4—5 p.m. in the CASE auditorium, with a reception to follow. Registration is requested for this event, as space is limited.


Please visit the Distinguished Research Lectureship website or email