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Nomination Guidelines LSA Professorships

Dear Colleagues:

The deadlines for first-stage nominations to the Executive Committee of those colleagues proposed for Arthur F. Thurnau, Collegiate, and Distinguished University Professorships have now been set. 

First Stage Deadlines:

  • Thurnau Professorships - Wednesday, October 12, 2016
  • Distinguished University Professorships - Wednesday, November 30, 2016
  • Collegiate Professorships - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

 

Arthur F. Thurnau Professorships

Deadline for First-Stage Nominations - October 12, 2016

Each year the Provost’s Office selects a group of tenured faculty as Thurnau Professors for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.  In order to be selected as a Thurnau Professor, it is necessary to have a sustained record of excellence in undergraduate education as demonstrated by meeting one or more of the following criteria, but not limited to them: a strong commitment to students and to teaching and learning; excellence in teaching, as evidenced particularly by other teaching awards and also the use of effective teaching strategies and notable methods of assessing student learning; innovations in teaching and learning; a strong commitment to working effectively with a diverse student body; a demonstrable impact on students’ intellectual and/or artistic development and on their lives.  For more details on the award and the nomination process see:

http://www.provost.umich.edu/programs/thurnau/thurnau_guidelines.html.

In addition to the appointment title, Thurnau Professors receive $20,000 over the first three years of their appointment to be spent on the enhancement of their teaching activities.  Thereafter, Thurnau Professorships are renewable every five years based on a continuing commitment to undergraduate education, and carry annual stipends of $3,000 toward salary and $5,000 toward research.  Because of these enhancements to the Thurnau Professorships, which began in 2008, the College Executive Committee must be involved in the selection of those nominees forwarded to the Provost.  

Each LSA Unit may nominate one tenured faculty member for a Thurnau Professorship each year.  The Executive Committee and I believe that the list of Thurnau Professors should reflect the diversity of faculty in the College.  Please consider this carefully in deciding on your proposed nominations.  

First-stage nominations to the College Executive Committee must include the following materials:

  • A letter from the nominator, normally the Chair or Director, which addresses how the nominee has achieved a sustained record of excellence in undergraduate education.  Please include any information about the nominee’s teaching responsibilities outside of the normal venue in which he or she teaches (e.g., mentoring and advising, GSI training, supervising honors theses, work on curricular reform, etc.).  Please consider the information at the Provost’s website above before preparing this letter.
  • A current and dated curriculum vitae.
  • A list of undergraduate courses taught over the past eight terms.  For each course, please provide the course number, title, syllabus (and/or website), number of students enrolled, and summarized student evaluations – a table with Q1/Q2/Q3/Q4 going back 4 years.  
  • Create one PDF document of the nomination (labeled lastname, firstname nomination), go to our SharePoint site, and click on your Unit folder to upload.

After the Executive Committee has reviewed the nominations, the Dean’s Office will notify Units promptly as to which nominations should be developed for submission to the Provost’s Office following the Provost’s guidelines.  Please deliver your completed nomination to the Dean’s Office (attention Mandy Harrison) for my signature on the cover sheet by November 23, 2016.  We will deliver your nomination to CRLT by December 1, 2016.

 

Distinguished University Professorships

Deadline for First-Stage Nominations – November 30, 2016

A Distinguished University Professorship is one of the highest honors awarded by the University to recognize exceptional scholarly and/or creative achievement, national and international reputation, and superior teaching skills. 

Nominees must demonstrate:

  • extraordinary achievements in research, scholarly and/or creative endeavors;
  • outstanding record of teaching and mentoring ranging from formal courses to advising graduate and junior colleagues; and
  • a sustained record of service and contributions to the university community, bringing distinction to the University as well as national and international renown for the nominee.

Typically, successful nominees already hold a chair within the college, have been the recipient of notable awards for excellence, are elected to national honor societies, and have received similar substantial recognition by colleagues in disciplines and professional societies that extend beyond the nominee’s own subfield of expertise.

The availability of Distinguished University Professorships varies from year to year because the distinction is held until retirement.  Each professorship carries with it an annual salary supplement of $5,000 and an annual research stipend of $5,000.

First-stage nominations to the College Executive Committee must include the following materials:

  • A letter from the nominator, normally the Chair or Director, which addresses the nominee’s accomplishments in scholarship, teaching, and service. Including:
    • A clear assessment of the range and overall importance of the nominee's research, scholarly or creative endeavors and accomplishments. This includes evidence of contributions that have transformed a discipline or field of study or launched a new field of study.
    • Indicators of substantial recognition nationally and internationally among peers and scholars for the impact of the research or scholarship. This includes accolades from within the University and from professional associations, academies, or other groups with an understanding of the nominee’s contributions.
    • Evidence of outstanding contributions as an educator. This may include engagement in curriculum development and improvement; recognition as an accomplished teacher; engagement with graduate students and junior colleagues to further their scholarship and careers.
  • A current and dated curriculum vitae.
  • Create one PDF document of the nomination (labeled lastname, firstname nomination), go to our SharePoint site, and click on your Unit folder to upload.

Here, again, it is important to understand that the selection committee for these professorships believes that the recipients should reflect the full diversity of the University’s faculty.  Please consider carefully the effect your proposed nominations will have on that.  

Those Units whose candidates are selected by the College Executive Committee will then be asked to provide a more fully documented recommendation via the online Rackham website.  Rackham’s deadline is March 3, 2017.

Detailed information is available from Rackham at: 

http://www.rackham.umich.edu/faculty_staff/awards/faculty_awards/distinguished_university_professorships/.

 

Collegiate Professorships

Deadline for First-Stage Nominations - December 7, 2016

A Collegiate Professorship is one of the highest honors the College has available for active faculty members who warrant the distinctive recognition that a named professorship carries, and I urge you to nominate your outstanding colleagues.  Nominations will go to the Executive Committee, which makes the selection.  Each Collegiate Professorship carries a unique name selected by the candidate, in consultation with the College, along with annual $3,000 salary and $5,000 research supplements.  

Collegiate Professorships should be offered to colleagues who are exemplars of our aspirations for excellence in all areas of our intellectual life together.  Nominees should be outstanding in scholarship, as well as both undergraduate and graduate teaching, and be among those who provide significant leadership in the Unit, the College, or the University.  The Executive Committee and I believe that the list of Collegiate Professors should reflect the diversity of faculty in the College.  Please consider carefully the effect your proposed nominations will have on that.  

Each LSA Unit may nominate one tenured faculty member for a Collegiate Professorship each year. First-stage nominations to the College Executive Committee must include the following materials:

  • A letter from the nominator, normally the Chair or Director, which addresses the nominee’s accomplishments in scholarship, teaching, and service.
  • A current and dated curriculum vitae.
  • Create one PDF document of the nomination (labeled lastname, firstname nomination), go to our SharePoint site, and click on your Unit folder to upload.

Based on this information, the Executive Committee will select a second group of nominees for whom you will be asked to develop complete dossiers, including outside letters, by a later deadline.  In late spring 2017, final selections for the professorships will be made from this select group with full dossiers.

Although your nomination at this stage need not be as detailed as at the next, the probability that your nominee will advance to the second-stage is influenced by the detail in your initial description of his or her career.  Your nomination needs to be comprehensive; it should include information about the nominee’s scholarship, teaching, and service, and be detailed enough to convey to the Executive Committee the benchmarks by which you and your colleagues have found the nominee worthy of this honor.  For example, you need to provide a careful interpretation of the candidate’s curriculum vitae, explaining why the record of publication, grant funding, outside recognition (including awards from within the University, but outside the College), etc. place the nominee among the most distinguished in your Unit.  You also need to explain the impact of the nominee’s research work on his or her field.

If you would like to submit the name of a person you have nominated in the past year or two, please consider revising the previous nomination along the lines above (if necessary). 

Attached, for your information, is a combined list of senior College faculty who currently hold Collegiate, Thurnau, Endowed, and Distinguished University Professorships. 

More information on faculty awards can be found on our website: http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/academic-affairs/policies-and-procedures/tenured-and-tenure-track-faculty/faculty-awards.html.

Please contact Mandy Harrison (amvogel@umich.edu; 615-0659) if you have questions.

Best,

ADM

Andrew D. Martin, Dean
Professor of Political Science and Statistics
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts   
University of Michigan