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7.1.9 Endowed Chair and Endowed Professor Positions

Approved by Administration on December, 1997; Academic Council on May 11, 2006, Revised by Academic Council on May 11, 2017 and Administration on June 20, 2017

Endowed faculty positions are an attractive means to draw distinguished teacher-scholars to the University and to recognize distinguished members of current faculty.

Criteria for candidates for endowed chair and endowed professor positions include:

  1. Distinguished contributions in teaching, scholarship, and service in the field designated by the endowed position.
  2. Normally the rank of Professor and, if an internal appointment, with tenure.

The term for an endowed position should be for a period of up to five years, to be determined by the dean in consultation with the Provost. Appointees may be re-nominated for the position and may be reappointed.

The appointment to endowed faculty positions of candidates who are not currently serving at the University will be made by the President upon the recommendation of the Dean of the unit, in consultation with the Provost, following normal procedures for faculty recruitment (Section 7.2).

In cases where the University decides to make an internal appointment for a faculty endowed chair or endowed professor position, the nomination and recommendation process will be conducted as follows:

  1. The University Promotions and Tenure Committee plus two additional faculty members will serve as a review committee.
    1. The Provost will appoint to the review committee a senior faculty member from the unit of the endowed appointment who has been jointly nominated by the chair of the department and dean of the school/college.
    2. The Provost will appoint to the review committee an incumbent in an endowed faculty chair or professorship.
  2. The review committee will receive nominations for the endowed position from the full-time faculty of the appropriate department or school, together with supporting materials and letters of recommendation from the department chair (if applicable) and dean of the college. (a unit may choose to form a unit committee to review nominations and make recommendations to the dean.)  The University review panel will then make a recommendation for appointment to the Provost, who will consult with the dean of the unit and recommend to the President for appointment.
  3. The appointee to the endowed position should receive an annual stipend from spendable endowment earnings for research/creative activity and program expenses, designated and documented by the appointee. There may or may not be an annual salary supplement for the appointee.

In the fall of the fifth year of an appointment of an endowed professorship or endowed chair a thorough review will be conducted. The individual holding the chair/professorship will be notified of the review in writing prior to the end of the spring semester preceding the review. The process for review will be defined by each unit and in accordance with any stipulations that may exist for the position. If the endowment calls for the position to be opened for nominations the procedure for initial appointment will be followed. The incumbent faculty member will prepare a dossier/report of their activities during appointment. This will include, but not be limited to, teaching, scholarship, service and any activities specifically defined by the terms of the endowed appointment. The portfolio will be reviewed for continued distinguished contributions in teaching, scholarship, and service in the field as designated by the endowed position. A unit may choose to form a unit committee to review and make recommendations to the dean. The dean will make a recommendation to the Provost. The Provost will make a final recommendation on reappointment to the President. A denial of reappointment to an endowed position does not affect the faculty member's tenure status. If a reappointment is denied the position will be opened for nominations.