University Professorships

Purpose

The title of University Professor is bestowed on faculty at the University of Georgia who have had a significant impact on the university in addition to fulfilling their normal academic responsibilities. The impact may be in the areas of policy development, teaching, curricular change, innovative programs, or academic leadership. The honor recognizes individuals whose actions as change-agents have improved the quality with which the University serves its missions.

For a comprehensive list of University Professors, please click here.

Eligibility

The candidate must hold the rank of Professor and have been on the faculty of the University of Georgia for ten years. Upon appointment as University Professor, the faculty member must not hold, or must relinquish, the Regents’ Professorship, Distinguished Research Professorship or GRA Eminent Scholar title.

The Award

A maximum of one University Professor will be named each year. The person so named shall receive a permanent increase of $10,000 in salary added to the merit raise in the year of appointment. In addition, the awardee shall receive a yearly academic support account of $5,000 as long as she or he holds the position. University Professors will be reviewed and renewed at the discretion of the President every five years.  The five-year review process will be initiated within each school or college as designed by the dean; at a minimum, the dean will submit a written recommendation and a copy of the University Professor’s curriculum vitae to the Office of Faculty Affairs.

Committee

The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost shall appoint a Special Professorship Selection Committee consisting of six faculty serving staggered three-year terms.

Review Process

Each year, the Committee shall be responsible for creating a list of faculty members worthy of the University Professorship. The Committee shall solicit nominations through Deans. In addition to these nominations, the Committee may add names to its list. Following the creation of this list, the Committee shall establish guidelines for evaluation. At a minimum, the Committee shall review each candidate’s curriculum vitae and require a supporting letter from each candidate’s unit head with supporting letter from each candidate. Only one candidate per year may be recommended from the list. The Committee shall seek the approval of the Dean of the recommended faculty member. After obtaining the appropriate Dean’s approval, the Committee's recommendation shall be sent to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, who shall review the recommendation and, if acceptable, forward it to the President for final approval.

The names on the Committee’s list of worthy faculty members shall be retained in the Office of the Provost and presented to the next year’s Committee.

Nominations for the 2016 University Professorship are due to the Office of Faculty Affairs by Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Questions regarding University Professorships should be directed to:

Dr. Sarah F. Covert 
Office of Faculty Affairs
University of Georgia
224 New College
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 706-542-9389 (Telephone)