Call for nominations: Chancellors Club Teaching Professorships

Provost Office
Thursday, May 03, 2007 2:32 PM
KU Lawrence Faculty and Staff

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the University of Kansas Endowment Association, I am pleased to issue a call for nominations for two Chancellors Club Teaching Professorships.

The primary criterion for selection will be excellence in teaching over a period of time as demonstrated by a strong reputation among students and faculty colleagues and by an established record of distinguished teaching. The recipients of the Professorship will receive an annual stipend of $5,000 until retirement from the University. Excellence in teaching is one of the essential elements of quality within a university. We are grateful to the Endowment Association for making possible this significant recognition of the outstanding teaching abilities of our faculty.

Nominations for the Teaching Professorship should be sent to the Office of the Provost, 250 Strong Hall, no later than September 15, 2007. The guidelines for the materials needed to support each nomination appear below.

Thank you.


Richard W. Lariviere
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor


The Chancellors Club Teaching Professorships recognize excellence in teaching and will be awarded only to persons who have demonstrated outstanding teaching competence over a period of years.

  1. Eligibility
    1. Full-time Teaching. Nominees must be full-time teaching faculty. Department chairpersons and others with administrative appointments are not usually full-time teachers and are eligible for nomination only if it is documented convincingly that they have a full-time teaching load.
    2. Undergraduate Teaching. The nominee must be involved in undergraduate teaching (except for the law faculty) and should reach a number of students consonant with the discipline. The nominee, of course also may be involved in graduate teaching. Studio teachers and certain others do not reach a large number of students, but the selection committee will take this circumstance into consideration.
    3. Length of Service. The Teaching Professorship is designed to recognize a distinguished career in teaching. The minimum requirement is ten years of service at the University of Kansas.
    4. Academic Rank. The nominee must hold the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
  2. The Support File
    1. Curriculum Vitae. The support file shall include an up-to-date and detailed curriculum vitae statement that contains full information on the nominee’s teaching and research career. Specific data should include: date of appointment at K.U., date of obtaining highest rank, research activities, professional and scholarly publications, honors, including previous teaching awards, and college and university service. (See also #5.)
    2. Materials in Support of the Nomination. The following materials must accompany the nomination.
      1. Department Chairperson’s or Dean’s Recommendation. The support file shall contain an evaluation of the nominee’s teaching performance by the department chairperson or the dean of the school, where appropriate.
      2. Statements from Colleagues. No more than five letters should be submitted from colleagues who have personal acquaintance with the nominee’s work and who can comment on its quality. Letters from colleagues outside the nominee’s school or department are desirable though not required.
      3. Statements from Students and Others. Letters from present and former students, alumni and associates outside the University are of value. The number of such letters should not exceed ten.
      4. Materials evaluating instruction, advising and public service. This section should include summaries of student surveys, evaluations of teaching effectiveness by peers, results of assessment of student learning or other relevant methods of evaluation over the past five years. Please include numerical data from student teaching evaluations, as well as the departmental or school mean as an aid in considering the nominee’s numerical data. Do not include copies of individual student or course forms/sheets. Summaries and selected comments may be included.
      5. Evidence of Scholarship. A thorough resume section listing research accomplishments and a brief narrative giving an overview of the importance of the research will suffice.
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