The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor is seeking nominations for university and named professorships to recognize faculty for distinguished scholarly contributions and teaching excellence.
Professorships are one of the highest forms of recognition bestowed upon faculty, and they reflect the central role of the faculty in the creation and dissemination of new knowledge that is at the heart of the university’s mission.
Members of the university's faculty are encouraged to submit nominations of their colleagues by following application instructions online. Nominations of faculty who currently hold named professorships are encouraged for university professorships.
Nominators should check with individual colleges for internal deadlines to submit required materials to the dean's office. Departments may only submit one nomination for each award. Completed nominations are due to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor by Nov. 10.
For the first time in several years, there are two open University Professorships: the George Holmes University Professorship and the Charles J. Mach University Professorship. As the most prestigious of the awards that the university bestows upon faculty, University Professorships reflect :
- an extraordinary level of scholarly or creative achievement and clear potential for continuing major accomplishments that enhance the reputation of the university
- documented excellence in various aspects of teaching and outreach and demonstrated commitment to the welfare of traditional and non-traditional learners
- extensive involvement and service in the advancement of the university's mission significantly above the normal level of campus citizenship
Funded by donors through the University of Nebraska Foundation, the George Holmes University Professorship and the Charles J. Mach University Professorship each carry an annual stipend of $15,000. Holders of either professorship will upon retirement carry the University Professorship designation as part of their emeritus title.
Open named professorships, supported by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, include:
- Willa Cather/Charles Bessey Professorship for distinguished scholarship or creative activity
- John E. Weaver/Aaron Douglas Professorship for a sustained record of teaching excellence and national visibility for instructional activities and practice
- Susan J. Rosowski Professorship for significant contributions by associate professors in research and teaching and exceptional promise for future excellence
"We have a distinguished and inspiring faculty, achieving across all parts of our mission and in all of our disciplines." said Elizabeth Spiller, executive vice chancellor. "Professorships are one of the ways the we can honor the excellent work of our most dedicated and talented faculty."