T.W. Adams Distinguished Alumni Lecture Program

A generous and accomplished alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences made a gift to create an endowed lecture program to bring distinguished OU alumni back to the college. When fully funded, the endowment will provide more than $12,500 in available funds each year.

This program should be very valuable to departments in the college, both from the standpoint of bringing invigorating speakers who will enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the college, but also by providing departments with opportunities to recognize and involve their successful alumni.

Quick Links:

TW Adams Funding Request Form
Event Planning

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All units of the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to submit proposals to bring a distinguished speaker to campus. The speaker should be of sufficient stature or interest to attract a diverse audience to his/her public lecture.

There are two models to be used for the Adams Lecture Program:

Adams Professor for a Day – This model can be utilized for less formal presentations, where a speaker would speak in classes or to student groups.

Adams Lecturer – This model can be utilized for a formal presentation to students, faculty and the university community, in addition to speaking to classes.

The funds can be used to pay for travel expenses, local accommodations, publicity, receptions, meals, etc.

The fund will not pay for honoraria.

All publicity and other information regarding the programs should refer to the “Dr. T.W. Adams Distinguished Alumni Lecture Program.” When appropriate, the following biography should be utilized in publicity and introductions.

Dr. T.W. Adams earned two advanced degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma and was a noted author and expert on the country of Cyprus. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service after a diverse career in government service and business. He resided in Washington, D.C. and in 2004, he funded an endowment to support the lecture program that carries his name.


Applications must be submitted to the CAS Dean’s Office no later than 30 days prior to the event/project. No retroactive requests will be approved.

Application Procedures:

  1. Complete the TW Adams Funding Request Form. 
  2. Check the boxes for either Professor for a Day or Lecturer.
  3. Attach a one-two page narrative stating the purpose and benefits of the funding to the applicant.
  4. Submit the printed TW Adams Funding Request Form and supporting documentation to the academic unit’s chair/director for approval.
  5. Submit the printed signed original of the TW Adams Funding Request Form and supporting documentation to:
     College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office
     Ellison Hall, 633 Elm Avenue
     Attention: Sharon Alexander
  6. The academic unit will submit a request for reimbursement via email to Daniel Fryar, Director of Budget and Financial Analysis in the CAS Office attaching the approved TW Adams Funding Request Form. CAS will reimburse for only the actual expenditures up to the approved amount for the approved dates. Approved funds will be available to each unit for a maximum of six months after the event/project.

For more information, contact Sharon Alexander at (405) 325-6201 or salexander82@ou.edu.