Jon Lewis ’77 was recently named as a 2015 Distinguished Professor recipient at Oregon State University, the highest honor afforded to faculty members at the university. He has been a professor of film studies since 1983 and will hold the title as long as he teaches at Oregon State.
Profiled in an article from the university, Lewis received the honor for “constantly engaging and challenging students” and taking them behind the scenes in the film industry to offer learning experiences outside of the classroom. He also serves as a program liaison for the film studies department and mentors both students and new faculty.
The award also cites the contributions Lewis has made to his field. An accomplished author in his own right, he has published several award-winning books on film studies, which include “Hollywood v. Hard-Core” and “The Road to Romance and Ruin,” along with popular guides and textbooks on the subject. He is currently editing a 10-part book series called “Behind the Silver Screen” about the history of select occupations within the field.
Lewis also stays quite busy outside of teaching and his own writing. He is an editor and board member for the Cinema Journal and has served as a juror in the student film category for the American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He serves on the Executive Council for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and has also appeared in two documentaries on film censorship.
Lewis majored in English while at Hobart and wrote for the Herald. He received his M.A.H from the University at Buffalo and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
The article about Lewis’ honor is online and follows.
OSU Names Karplus, Lewis as 2015 Distinguished Professors
Oregon State University – February 2, 2015
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has named Andrew Karplus and Jon Lewis as its 2015 Distinguished Professor recipients – the highest honor the university can give to faculty members.
They will carry the title as long as they are actively engaged as faculty members at Oregon State.
“Andy Karplus and Jon Lewis exemplify excellence, collaboration and leadership,” said Sabah Randhawa, OSU provost and executive vice president. “In addition to making significant contributions in their respective fields, they are constantly engaging and challenging students and providing them with experiential learning opportunities. They also are caring mentors – to newer faculty as well as students.”
Karplus is a professor in the College of Science, where he has earned a reputation as one of the best structural biologists in the world – a description cited in his selection as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014. His research, which focuses on enzyme catalysis, protein evolution and structure, and crystallography, has been cited more than 15,000 times by other scientists.
He is known for his high standards in teaching, yet consistently gets top ratings from student evaluators. Karplus teaches a range of courses, from core offerings in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, to a course on protein evolution – his department’s most influential advanced elective.
Karplus also has been praised for his work as an academic adviser, research mentor and collaborator.
An OSU faculty member since 1999, Karplus has received numerous awards include a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health, three Alexander von Humboldt fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Lewis is a professor in the College of Liberal Arts who has written a dozen books on film studies, including two new books coming out this summer. He also is the editor of a ground-breaking 10-volume series of academic books on the history of the U.S. film craft that was underwritten by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He has been editor and advisory board member for the field’s leading peer-reviewed academic journal – the Cinema Journal – and has served as a juror for the American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in the student film category. Lewis excels at taking students behind the scenes of the film industry and was executive producer for a video production series on major figures in the U.S. industry.
An OSU faculty member since 1983, Lewis has received numerous awards for his books, including the New York Times New and Noteworthy Paperback for “Hollywood v. Hard Core”; the Booklist Medal for “For Whom God Wishes to Destroy” and the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award for “Romance and Ruin.”
Both professors will give public lectures on campus this May 21 on topics related to their expertise.