The Chancellor’s Professorship honors a full professor or librarian with highly meritorious performance in all areas of faculty or librarian work. It recognizes a record of extensive accomplishment and leadership in teaching, research, and campus service.
The title acknowledges that the breadth and depth of those contributions are vital to the overall success of campus goals and advancement.
Candidates must have achieved a career-long record of accomplishment in all three areas of faculty work (teaching or performance, research/creative activities, and service), together with a demonstrated commitment to the mission of the campus. Faculty with distinguished records reflecting interdisciplinary accomplishments or work integrating traditional areas are encouraged as well. There should be clear evidence of the candidate’s strengths that demonstrates a consistently excellent performance of benefit to the University over time.
Chancellor’s Professors are faculty who contribute in concrete, demonstrable ways to the development of IU South Bend as an academic community of exceptional quality and integrity, as well as to their discipline through the creation and application of knowledge. Through their scholarship, leadership, and service to their department, school or college, and campus, successful nominees will have demonstrated a record of contributions to the mission and vision of IU South Bend.
- Rank | Full professor
- Minimum number of years at IU South Bend | 10 years at time of nomination
- Minimum number of years in rank | 4 years at time of nomination
- Ineligible | Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor, Deans
- Criteria | A record of highly meritorious performance in all areas of faculty work ( teaching, research or creative activity, and service), or librarian work (performance, research or creative activity, and service), as demonstrated throughout one’s career.
- Award benefit | $5,000 added to base pay in year of initial appointment as Chancellor’s Professor
- Awardee Responsibilities | During the initial year of appointment, the awardee will undertake a project that advances the mission of the campus. The project will be determined in consultation with the Chancellor. The awardee will receive one three credit course release each semester (or something comparable if a librarian) for the academic year in which she/he is initially appointed as a Chancellor’s Professor in order to complete the project. The course releases or equivalent must take place during the Fall and Spring semesters in the initial year of appointment as Chancellor’s Professor.
- Length of Title | The Chancellor’s Professor will carry the title in perpetuity.
Any tenured faculty member may nominate a full professor colleague to be considered for the Chancellor’s Professorship. Nominees must have four years in rank as full professors and been in service to IU South Bend for ten years at the time of nomination. No self-nominations will be considered.
- Letter of nomination | Maximum five pages
- Supporting letters | Three letters from internal and/or external sources. A paragraph accompanying each external letter describing the qualifications of the author should be included. This is only required for letters written by individuals external to the IU South Bend campus. There is no page limit for the supporting letters.
- Additional letters | Note from the candidate’s dean (and, where applicable, the candidate’s chair) agreeing to the course releases.
- Documents from candidate | curriculum vitae (CV); maximum three page statement
The nominator, in addition to writing a nominating letter, is responsible for collecting the three additional letters of support and the note from the candidate’s dean and or chair. The nominator will work with the candidate to determine whom to solicit for the supporting letters. Supporting letters should be sent to the nominator so that he/she can add them to the candidate’s dossier materials. The nominator will assemble the dossier and submit it to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs by the deadline date.
The candidate is responsible for submitting an updated curriculum vitae and a three page statement outlining their contributions to IU South Bend.
The nominator shall submit all materials in the dossier in electronic form to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. One paper copy should also be submitted.
Deadline for submission of dossier materials
Complete dossier materials for the 2022-2023 Chancellor’s Professor are due by the fourth Friday of the month to the Office of Academic Affairs (AI 246 for the hard copy) and electronically to Doug McMillen.
Incomplete dossiers will not be forwarded to the Selection Committee.
The successful candidate will be announced at the last Senate meeting of the academic year.
Suggestions for author/s of nominating letters
- In what ways does the candidate have a solid foundation in all three areas of faculty life? In what ways does the scope of the candidate’s work or influence in the three areas reach beyond the department or school to the campus, discipline, or higher education in general?
- On campus, in what ways does the candidate exhibit leadership in the areas of teaching/ performance, research/ creative activity, and service?
- In what ways does the candidate have a presence outside of his/her unit? In what ways would she/he be considered by the campus community to be an exemplary “university citizen?”
- In what ways does the candidate’s service work cross unit boundaries for the improvement of teaching, learning, or research on campus?
- Over time, in what ways has the candidate shown growth in his/her faculty life and contributions to campus life?
- How does the candidate’s service speak to a broad-based commitment to IU South Bend and its mission?
Three page statement from the candidate
The three page statement should speak to the award criteria. This statement should provide a framework for achievements in all three areas of faculty work and how they contribute to the mission of IU South Bend.
As a general rule, the following formatting guidelines apply to all documents in the file. Each document should:
- be in a font of 11 points or larger
- be single-spaced
- have margins of at least one inch on all sides
- adhere to page limits. Please note that committee members are not obligated to read beyond the maximum number of pages indicated for any attachment.
The Selection Committee is comprised of
- the current Chancellor's Professor
- one tenured professor named by the Academic Senate Executive Committee
- two tenured professors named by the Executive Vice Chancellor's Office
- one tenured professor named by the Chancellor
- the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will serve as an ex-officio non-voting member. He or she will chair the committee and provide the necessary support for the committee and selection process
The Selection Committee will forward all Chancellor’s Professor candidate names and nomination materials, along with its award recommendation, to the Chancellor. The Chancellor will take the Selection Committee’s recommendation as advisory to his own evaluation.
Final selection of the Chancellor’s Professor rests with the Chancellor.
Who cannot serve on the committee
- members may not serve on the committee as a voting member for more than two consecutive years.
- a faculty member who is being nominated; or who is serving as a nominator; or writing a supporting letter may not serve on the Selection Committee.
- Call for nominations announced | Late January
- Receipt of all dossier materials | 4th Friday of the Month
- Committee reviews dossiers | March
- Chancellor's review of all nominations | April 1-20
- Announcment of Chancellor's Professor Awardee | April Senate meeting
- Chancellor's Professor appointment begins | July 1
- Chancellor's Professor project terms | Fall to Spring
Candidates not selected for the Chancellor’s Professor will automatically be reconsidered for two years after their initial nomination. They may update their CV during this time. After the third year, the candidate will be ineligible to apply for one year, but can be re-nominated after that time. De novo nominations materials will be required at that time.
Potential candidates should verify their eligibility by contacting Doug McMillen.
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