University Professors Nomination Procedures

PDAD&C #16, 2002-2003


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:   Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   October 3, 2002
RE:   University Professors: Nomination Procedures
cc:   The Bulletin

I am writing to call for nominations for University Professors. The designation of University Professor, which is restricted to 2% of the tenured faculty, recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and pre-eminence in a particular field of knowledge. I would encourage you to bring forward the names of colleagues whose achievements are truly outstanding for this very special form of recognition by the University.

The Policy and Procedures on Academic Appointments relating to the appointment of University Professors are on the web. The Selection Committee is in the process of being confirmed and names of committee members will be sent to you in due course. Current University Professors are profiled on the Provost's website at

As the Selection Committee is a diverse one, during the assessment of dossiers occasions can arise that require specific information concerning aspects of a candidate's work. I would be grateful, therefore, if, when submitting a nomination, you could let me have the name of an individual who might be contacted to answer such questions should they arise. I also draw to your attention point 4 in the Selection Procedures attached, which calls for a short non-technical description of the nominee's research contributions to accompany the nomination.

Please note, too, that each dossier should contain documentation that addresses the candidate's teaching and influence as a teacher. If the University is to maintain its strong link of teaching and research, this linkage should be demonstrable among our pre-eminent scholars.

Nominations should be sent to my Office to the attention of my Executive Assistant, Rachel Kasimer, who will act as Secretary to the Selection Committee. Such nominations should be submitted no later than Friday, January 31, 2003.