USC Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award


The USC Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award honors up to four retired faculty each year for their eminent careers. Since its inception in 1982, the award has been bestowed upon 125 retired faculty from the arts and humanities; social sciences; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; medicine; and other professional disciplines.

Congratulations go to FIVE! 2022 Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award Winners:

Active and retired faculty, administrators and staff, and friends of the university are urged to make nominations. Awards are conferred at the annual Academic Honors Convocation every April. The Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award includes an honorarium of $2,000, an illuminated scroll setting forth the honoree’s contributions, and a citation in the Honors Convocation program, all provided through the generosity of the administration of the Provost.

2023 USC Faculty Lifetime Achievement Awards:

ELIGIBILITY: Retired faculty who have been full-time USC faculty members for a minimum of 10 years prior to retirement.

NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS: Nomination letter describing nominee’s accomplishments; nominee’s complete curriculum vitae; nomination form; two or more endorsement letters.

Contributions are evaluated on 7 criteria: teaching, research or artistic achievement, publications, university service, community/government service, professional organization contributions, awards/recognitions.

All 2021 Academic Honors Convocation honorees are listed here:

(Due to COVID-19, we honored our 2020 and 2021 winners via zoom. The 2020 Academic Honors Convocation recording can be viewed here).

For a list of past Lifetime Achievement Award winners:

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Questions? Call (213) 740-7121 or email

2021 Recipients of the Faculty Lifetime Achievement Awards

Florence A. Clark
Robert E. Maxson Jr.
Michael S. Waterman
Martin H. Weiss


Here is the list of previous years’ recipients