In 2015, Oregon State was awarded a chapter to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation's oldest, most widely known, and most prestigious academic honor society. The inaugural class of Phi Beta Kappa students established three awards in 2017 to bestow annually to recognize faculty and staff who promote lifelong learning and enhance the educational experience at OSU.
The Best University Instructor award recognizes "an exemplary faculty member who excels in creating an environment conducive to quality learning. They go above and beyond to include students and enhance the university experience. They accommodate a variety of learning styles and contribute to the liberal arts and sciences."
Daniel Myles is a renowned teacher who has won many awards, including three "Professor of the Quarter" awards from the OSU Panhellenic Executive Council; the 2013 Fred Horne Award for Excellence in Teaching Science in the College of Science; the 2011 James H. Krueger Faculty Teaching Award in the Department of Chemistry as well as numerous other awards.
One student's comment on Myles' Phi Beta Kappa award typifies his many accolades:
"He was the only reason I enjoyed and for through organic chemistry!! Definitely one of my favorite teachers."
The Best Mentor/Advisor award recognizes an advisor "devoted to assisting students in finding an educational path most suited to their unique talents and interests." Kevin Ahern shares the award this year with College of Agricultural Sciences Head Advisor Nick Fleury.