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Presidential Professorships

The Presidential Professorships were established to recognize those faculty members who excel in all of their professional activities and who relate those activities to the students they teach and mentor. The number of Professorships awarded annually is based on current availability of funds. 

 


 

The Professorship is awarded for a four-year term. Assistant and Associate Professors receive a salary increase of $5,000 per year and Professors receive $10,000 per year, starting in the subsequent fiscal year. To be eligible for funding in any given year, a faculty member must be considered as a full-time continuing member of the University. Salaries will be reduced by the award amount after the four-year term. Recipients retain the Presidential Professor title permanently.

Nominations are due to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost by November 4, 2016.

Criteria for Selection

Presidential Professors inspire their students, mentor their undergraduate and/or graduate students in the process of research and creative scholarly activity within their discipline, and exemplify to their students (both past and present) and to their colleagues (both at OU and within their disciplines nationwide) the ideals of a scholar through their endeavors in teaching; research and creative scholarly activity; and professional and university service and public outreach.

All tenure-track and tenured faculty, who do not already hold a named chair or professorship, are eligible for consideration. In addition, George Lynn Cross Professors, David Ross Boyd Professors, and Regents' Professors named before the 1995-96 academic year are eligible for consideration. It is expected that those faculty members being nominated from academic units that offer undergraduate instruction will be regularly involved in offering lower division instruction. Professors who teach at least one lower division course on a regular basis will receive preferential review.

Faculty who have already received a Presidential Professorship will be eligible again for a nomination in the second year of their two-year hiatus after receiving a professorship.

 

Nomination Procedures

Initiation

The Senior Vice President and Provost of the Norman campus and the Health Sciences Center will solicit recommendations for the professorships by September and announce appropriate schedules for processing the nominations. The President’s Office, in conjunction with the Senior Vice President and Provost of the Norman Campus and the Senior Vice President and Provost of the Health Sciences Center, will:

  • review the number of vacant Presidential Professorships, 
  • hold three vacancies each year for recruitment leverage, and 
  • issue a call for nominations by September 30. 

Separate selection committees will be constituted on the Norman and Health Sciences Center campuses.

Recommendations

Nominations should be prepared by chairs, directors, and committee A or other faculty groups and forwarded to both the appropriate Dean and Provost. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Deans will forward the nominations with their own comments to their campus Senior Vice President and Provost. Each Senior Vice President and Provost will convene a selection committee on his/her campus.

Supporting Documentation

Nomination materials will include:

- The nominee's mini vitae and faculty evaluations for the previous three years (or since beginning at the University if the nominee has been at the University fewer than three years)

- The nominee's complete curriculum vitae

- A narrative assessment (no more than 5 double-spaced pages) of:

  • The impact of the nominee's research and creative scholarly activity on his/her students;
  • The nominee's contribution to the undergraduate instructional enterprise including such examples as:
    1. The effectiveness of lower division and upper division undergraduate courses developed and taught by the nominee.
    2. The extent of the nominee's involvement with undergraduates in advising and mentoring within the academic discipline. This can include the quantity and quality of the independent study enrollments (3990, 4990, 3960, 3980, etc.), Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and Undergraduate Research Day (URD) sponsorships, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sponsorships, placement of undergraduates in quality graduate programs, number of academic advisees, and the sponsorship of academic clubs or academic honoraries.
    3. The extent of the nominee's involvement with the planning and review of the undergraduate program within the academic unit. This could include chairing an undergraduate studies or program committee that undertook major changes in the undergraduate program or other leadership roles within the academic unit, college, or university that resulted in an updated and improved undergraduate program.
    4. The extent of the nominee's involvement with undergraduates through University-wide programs, such as the University College Gateway courses, freshman seminars, the residence hall adopt-a-faculty program, or other programs outside the classroom.
  • The nominee's contribution to the graduate instructional enterprise, such as:
    1. The effectiveness of graduate courses developed and taught by the nominee.
    2. The extent of the nominee's advising and mentoring involvement with graduate students within the academic discipline. This could include numbers of theses and dissertations supervised, publications co-authored with graduate students, graduate students supported through external grants and contracts, and the job placement of the nominee's graduate students.
    3. The extent of the nominee's involvement with the planning and review of the graduate program within the academic unit. This could include chairing a graduate studies or program committee that undertook major changes in the graduate program or other leadership roles within the academic unit, college, or university that resulted in an updated and improved graduate program.

- A short biography (about 100 words) for use at the Spring Faculty Tribute ceremony if the nominee is selected.

- Up to five letters from among current undergraduates or alumni, current or former graduate students, colleagues at the University or within the nominee’s academic discipline from other campuses. Among all of these letters, there should be commentary attesting to the nominee's ability to excel in all professional activities and relate those activities to the students they teach and mentor. However, any one reference is unlikely to be able to attest to all aspects of a nominee's professional activities.

Submission

All materials listed above should be submitted as a single combined PDF from the appropriate Dean's Office to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost at Office.of.Sr.VP.and.Provost@ou.edu.

Selection Procedures

Evaluation

The Senior Vice President and Provost will present all nominations with the supporting documentation to the Presidential Professorship Committee.

Final Nomination

The Committee will make its recommendations to the President, through the appropriate Senior Vice President and Provost.

Selection

The Senior Vice President and Provost will review the nominees from his or her campus and forward recommendations, along with all substantiating materials about nominees, by the first Monday in February to the President, who will make the recommendations to the Board of Regents at its March meeting.

 

Contact

This award is hosted by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. For questions about this award, please contact Grey Allman.