Sheth Awards recognize international work by faculty, young alumni

Each year the University Center for International Studies gives out the Sheth Awards to faculty members and young alumni for their contributions around the world.

Nominations for the Distinguished Faculty Award and Distinguished Young Alumni Award are open through June 1. Faculty must be full-time at Pitt and “have a significant record of achievement and recognition for their international work.”

Alumni must have graduated from Pitt in the past 10 years, been a citizen of a country other than the U.S. when enrolled at Pitt, not be a current Pitt faculty or staff member and “Be of such stature and accomplishment that students, faculty and staff of the University of Pittsburgh will take pride in and be inspired by one’s recognition.”

Once a person is considered a finalist, they will be contacted to let them know about their nomination and to solicit a resume or CV. The awards will be handed out on Oct. 14 during Pitt’s International Week.

If you have any questions about the forms or nomination process, please contact Jason Kane at or 412-973-9605 or Keith Newsome at or 412-648-4458.

The awards are funded by the Sheth Foundation, which says its mission is “to support the academic scholarship, publications, education and research of tax-exempt, publicly-supported educational organizations, primarily focusing on the discipline of marketing.”

Jagdish N. Sheth, a renowned scholar and expert in the field of marketing, and his wife, Madhu, started the foundation in 1991. He is currently the Charles H. Kellstadt Chair of Marketing in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Previously, he was a distinguished faculty member at the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois, Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Sheth Foundation supports several other programs at Pitt, in addition to the young alum and faculty awards.