University Professors Nomination Procedures

PDAD&C # 12, 2003-04


To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From: Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
Date: October 6, 2003
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 Selection Procedures for University Professors, as well as the relevant portion of the Policy and Procedures on Academic Appointments relating to the appointment of University Professors are on the web.  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 your attention to 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 connection of teaching with research, this linkage should be demonstrable among our pre-eminent scholars.

Nominations should be sent to my Office to the attention of Sheree Drummond (Assistant Provost and Special Assistant to the Provost), who will act as Secretary to the Selection Committee.  Nominations should be submitted no later than Friday, January 30, 2004.