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UNIVERSITY PROFESSORSHIPS

Overview: The University Professorships are designed to honor faculty who have demonstrated significant and sustained accomplishment in their discipline that has gained recognition both nationally and internationally and who also excel in teaching and service.
 
Up to five awardees will be honored each year and receive an award of $5,000 for each of the first three years but not subsequently.
 
Eligibility: Tenured faculty at the rank of Professor, who do not otherwise have a research-based professorial title (Distinguished, Regents or endowed professorship or chair) will be eligible for consideration as a University Professor.
 
Naming: Each recipient may select to name their Professorship after a significant emeritus (or deceased) TAMU faculty member of their choosing with approval by the Dean of Faculties. For example, the Jane Doe University Professor.
 
Term of Appointment: Each holder of a University Professorship will retain the right to use the title so long as they remain a faculty member in good standing. Failure to meet expectations in an annual review will trigger a formal review following the process established by their college for the review of Endowed Chairs and Professors. The final decision to retain the title or not will be made by the Provost. The bursary will not be repeated beyond the initial 3 years.
 
Expectations: Each holder of a University Professorship should be interested and available to mentor faculty and provide advice to the Provost Office.
 
Nominations: Can be made by the department head or dean and are limited in number, by college, as per the table below.  Each college should establish a process by which they are selected.  All nomination require approval by the Dean.  Nomination packages should include the following:
 
  1. A complete CV
  2. A letter of nomination (maximum of 2000 words) which should include:
    1. an assessment of the breadth and importance of the nominee’s scholarly work and the impact it is had on the discipline or society, including publication of scholarly work on pedagogy
    2. evidence of substantial national or international recognition including description of any prior significant awards
    3. evidence of contributions as an educator either in the classroom or graduate or undergraduate engagement
    4. evidence of significant service and engagement at Texas A&M as well as professional associations, societies, or other national institutions especially in leadership roles
    5. evidence of commitment to inclusivity and diversity
 
Nominations should be submitted as a single PDF file to Office of the Dean of Faculties (awardsprograms@tamu.edu).
 
Selection: Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee designated by the Provost and Executive Vice President. 
 
College Maximum number of nominations
AGLS 2
ARCH 1
MAYS 1
DENT 1
EDHD 1
ENGR 3
GEOS 1
BUSH 1
LAW 1
LIBA 3
LIBR 1
MED 1
NURS 1
PHAR 1
SPH 1
SCIE 3
VMBS 1
TAMUG 1
TAMUQ 1



2018-2019 Inaugural University Professorship Recipients:
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