Indiana University has a long and distinguished record of faculty excellence across the full range of disciplines and professions. Outstanding scholarship, artistic or literary merit, and other achievements have been recognized internally through the awarding of distinguished and titled professorships. And national and international distinction have been affirmed by the election of talented faculty members to major national and international disciplinary societies and academies. To build upon that legacy of academic and research excellence, IU President Michael A. McRobbie has expanded the university's commitment to its faculty by:
- Raising the base salary of its Distinguished Professors and providing additional research support
- Actively recruiting new faculty members from among the academic and research elite
- Launching the University Honors and Awards website in 2010
- Honoring the accomplishments of faculty with the President's Medal for Excellence and creating the Academic Excellence Dinner, which was first held in 2008
- Establishing an active, ongoing process to increase the number of faculty nominated for membership in societies and academies, including the National Academies.
The achievements of IU faculty continue to bring worldwide recognition to the university. In December 2009, late IU professor Elinor Ostrom became the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics.