Elena Irwin Receives Award as One of Four Inaugural Distinguished Professors in CFAES

Dec. 9, 2019

Dr. Elena Irwin, Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) and the Faculty Director of the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State, was selected as one of four Distinguised Professors of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. She received her Award Medallian January 10, 2020 at the College Staff Award Ceremony.

The college has begun awarding this honorific title on a competitive basis to full professors who have excelled in teaching, research, or outreach/engagement, and whose work has demonstrated significant impact on their fields, students, college, University, and/or the public. A faculty committee selected Irwin and Dr. Sally Miller, Professor in the Department Plant Pathology; Dr. Devin Peterson, Professor in the Department Food Science and Technology; and Dr. Judit Puskas, Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) for the innagrual award.

“The selection committee was extremely impressed with all of the nominees and their impactful contributions,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES.

Recipients will receive a permanent $2,500 addition to their base pay and be awarded a $15,000 one-time grant to support their academic work.

Irwin is a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) and the faculty director of the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State.

Since joining AEDE in 1998, Irwin has established an exceptional track record in research, teaching, mentorship, service, and leadership in the department, the college and the university. She is widely recognized as one of the leading environmental and regional economists in the world and has an impressive research portfolio that addresses important questions on urbanization and land-use change, sustainable urban systems, and modeling coupled human-natural systems. She has been pivotal in providing leadership to advance the sustainability mission of the college and Ohio State.