Office of the Provost


To: Members of the Council of Deans
From: James V. Maher
Date: May 9, 2005

New Procedures for Nomination and Review of Candidates for Distinguished Faculty Rank

I have now had an opportunity to reflect on the suggestions of the Distinguished Faculty Committee, provided at my request, for improving our procedures for appointments to the several distinguished faculty ranks that require a recommendation from that committee under the University’s policy governing such appointments: University Professors, Distinguished Professors, and Distinguished Service Professors. The committee and I are in agreement that it is desirable to introduce some additional measures in order to ensure that future appointments at these ranks will continue to be consonant with the high standards that are set forth in the policy. Accordingly, and in essential agreement with the committee’s suggestions, the following procedures will be adopted, effective with the 2005-06 academic year:

As noted, these procedural changes are being made in the interest of promoting continued adherence to the high standards contained in the University’s policy for appointment to distinguished faculty rank. I am grateful to the committee for providing these helpful suggestions. These new procedures will be implemented through the office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, which provides staff support for the Distinguished Faculty Committee.


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