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2014-15 University Faculty Scholars Program

Memo from the Provost

Date: June 10, 2014

To: Deans and Academic Department Heads

From: Warwick A. Arden, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

Subject: 2014-15 University Faculty Scholars Program

The University Faculty Scholars Program, established in 2012 by Chancellor Woodson to recognize and reward emerging academic leaders among our faculty, identifies approximately twenty (20) tenured or tenure-track faculty scholars each year.  Faculty members selected as University Faculty Scholars will carry the title for a five-year period and receive a $10,000 annual supplement that may be used for supplemental salary or programmatic support.

Nominations are limited to assistant professors who have been reappointed for a second term, all associate professors, and professors within the first three years of appointment at that rank.

Faculty members who were nominated but not named University Faculty Scholars in previous years and are still eligible may be nominated by their college. However, no faculty member may receive the five-year award more than once.

For the 2014-15 awards, I will ask the deans for a total of 43 nominations, approximately 20 of whom will be named University Faculty Scholars.  The number of nominations to be made by each college has been established based on the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty FTEs in that college. (See attached table.)  No college will receive a set number of awards in any given year.

Each college has established its own nominating procedure, including input from senior faculty in the college, and I have asked each dean to post their college’s procedure on their website. If there have been changes to your selection process, please be sure to let Marielle Pocan ( know so that the revised procedures can be linked to the program website.

Nominations from the colleges should include the following:

  • Current CV or dossier (sections 1-6)
  • Letter of nomination addressing the nominee’s qualifications and potential
  • Letter of support from the nominee’s department head
  • Letter from the dean supporting the nomination at the university level

The provost’s Administrative Advisory Committee for the University Faculty Scholars program is composed of senior faculty recommended by each college. Membership on the committee will be announced and posted on the program website soon. The committee will determine a review process, evaluate the nominations, and select the ranked list of nominees they will recommend to the provost to become University Faculty Scholars. The provost will make the final decision on recipients in consultation with the chancellor. 

For the 2014-15 academic year, I have established the following timeline for the University Faculty Scholars Program:

  • September 24, 2014: Nominations from the colleges due to the provost
  • By September 24, 2014: Organizational meeting of the administrative advisory committee, to include their charge by the provost, election of a chair, and discussion of review procedures
  • By November 7, 2014: Recommendations on nominees due to the provost from the advisory committee
  • Late November 2014: University Faculty Scholars named
  • January 1, 2015: Funds available to University Faculty Scholars

You will receive more detailed instructions regarding submission of your college’s nominees before September 24.

Additional information on the University Faculty Scholars Program, including links to college nominating procedures, can be found at  If you have questions about the procedures or timeline above, please contact Dr. Betsy Brown, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (513-7741;

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