Distinguished Professorships, Procedure for Awarding
November 08, 1995
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Distinguished professorship is a rank open to all state-operated campuses of the University and may be conferred upon persons in any of the disciplines or fields of study. Appointment to the rank can only be conferred by the University Board of Trustees. It is expected that a person appointed to the rank will be accorded such support as is appropriate to his or her academic endeavor consistent with the resources of the appointing campus, including a salary above the mean salary for full professors.
These criteria necessarily are stated in the most general terms and are meant to supplement rather than supplant criteria developed by the appropriate local nominating body. There are, of course, other criteria that it is expected that the local campus will use in the preparation of candidates. Using the same criteria, the local campus’s nomination will be confirmed by seeking assessment of other persons of national prominence.
The University provost provides the executive officer of the appropriate learned society with a bibliography of the person's works, and requests the names of three or four scholars best able to assess the nominee's contributions to the field. One of the recommended scholars is provided with a complete bibliography, including materials provided by the nominee and is asked for a written confidential assessment of the nominee's contribution to the research literature in the field. In the case of artists, similar appropriate means are employed to secure a qualified judge.
A panel of three persons who hold the rank of distinguished professor (when available) is asked to review the nominee's curriculum vitae, bibliography, samples of his or her writings or artistic work, other documentation provided with the nomination, and the written confidential evaluation of the consultant. The panel makes a recommendation to the provost concerning the appointment.
If the recommendation is positive, the nomination is referred to the chancellor for review. If satisfied that the appointment is in the interest of the University, he or she proposes the appointment to the Board of Trustees for action.
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In 1973 the Board of Trustees removed the distinction between the title of University Professor at university campuses and that of Distinguished Professor at university centers and asked that a uniform set of criteria and procedures be developed and distributed.
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