Selection of Faculty to Distinguished Professor
Approved August 14, 2002
Revised May 7, 2003
1. DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR STATUS
1.1 To be eligible for selection as Distinguished Professor, a candidate should be regarded as one of the top researchers and scholars within his/her field of study. The individual should have made one or more major contributions that have redirected the flow of research or scholarship in the relevant field. Thus, quality and impact are critical criteria for evaluation.
1.2 Candidates will normally be recognized, by peer statement, to be among the top active researchers in their area of research or scholarship on an international basis.
1.3 Candidates may hold administrative assignments, but administrative competency will not be evaluated as a basis for qualification.
2. NOMINATION OF DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR
2.1 The candidate's Department Chair, or the component’s Promotion and Tenure Committee, is responsible for nominating the candidate and is responsible for forwarding the nomination to the Dean or Director of the candidate's College/Institute. If the Dean or Director supports the candidate's nomination, the nomination shall be forwarded to the Deans and Director of the HSC College/Institute for approval. If approved, the nomination shall be forwarded to the Health Science Center President for final approval.
3. PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA FOR REVIEW OF CANDIDATES FOR DESIGNATION AS DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR
Guidelines for the preparation of material supporting the case for designation of faculty members as Distinguished Professors are as follows:
3.1 In order to expeditiously review the qualifications of persons nominated for appointment as Distinguished Professor, the following documentation must accompany the nomination dossier:
3.1.1 A narrative summary, prepared by the candidate's Promotions and Tenure Committee, of the candidate's scholarly career, specifying the subjects to which he or she has made seminal contributions, and stating his or her principal original contributions to those subjects. Literature should be cited to support the candidate's original contributions.
3.1.2 A curriculum vita that includes an up-to-date list of the candidate's publications.
3.1.3 Evidence of the candidate's national and international reputation, in the form of letters from persons in university departments of high repute in the candidate's field (notes made from telephone conversations may be substituted when expedient). Letters should be received from both distinguished foreign academics and peers in the United States strongly endorsing the appointment. Qualifications of those writing letters of endorsement should be furnished. In some cases, letters from persons in prestigious non-university research laboratories or institutes may be appropriate. Letters should comment on the candidate's publications or concepts that exemplify the candidate's influential contributions.
3.1.4 Additional material in support of the nomination may include:
- A list of major addresses (if not included in curriculum vita);
- a list of research grants (if not included in curriculum vita);
- a list of graduate students supervised, with present position of each given where known;
- letters from successful former students.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT
The Distinguished Professors not only bring honor and recognition to the Health Science Center, but also comprise a body of individuals with expertise and a desire to be a resource for the Health Science Center's progress. The Executive Vice President and President through monthly meetings with the Executive Committee of the Distinguished Professors and annual meetings with the entire body of Distinguished Professors, will discuss and communicate opportunities for their contributions to the advancement of the Health Science Center.
Distinguished Professors will be awarded a one-time $5,000 award in the form of a bursary in an HSC account on their behalf to facilitate academic and research endeavors. The award will be received upon appointment as Distinguished Professor.