Guidelines for Named Chairs
Statement of Purpose and Expectations
The purpose of the award of a named chair is to recognize and give support
to a full professor who has demonstrated sustained excellence in research
and teaching and will significantly contribute to the University. The holder
of a named chair is a person of national stature.
The recipient must have a distinguished record of accomplishments in his/her
field, as indicated variously by research, publication, external funding,
creative endeavors, awards and honors, and leadership positions in professional
organizations. The holder of a named chair will meet all requirements (or
equivalents) for the rank of full professor. Named chairs serve as models
of professional accomplishment and commitment to the mission of the University.
Appointments to named chair positions are for a five-year period, and they are
renewable based on an in-depth performance review. Each named chair shall receive
a document from the Dean, with input from the department/school chair or center
director where appropriate, outlining research expectations over the next five years.
The named chair will hold a tenured, full-time faculty appointment or
senior research appointment at the level of full professor. Normally, named
chairs do not hold administrative posts such as department chair, Dean,
- Selection Procedures
The selection and appointment procedures followed shall be fully consistent
with the institution's promotion and tenure policies and other
applicable personnel policies.
If candidates for the named chair are sought by a national search,
they may be nominated or apply. If no national search is held, candidates
may be nominated by college Deans, the Provost or the President.
When an external candidate is an applicant for the named chair, the
candidate must be reviewed for appointment according to the usual procedures
and criteria of the department/school/college in which the appointment
will be made.
- The college Dean shall forward nominations for named chairs with his/her
recommendation to the Provost.
The nomination must include the following.
A letter stating the rationale for the nomination and addressing
the criteria for the named chair.
The nominee's curriculum vitae.
A narrative description of the nominee's record of accomplishments
meriting the appointment.
A statement of the perceived relation of the appointment to achieving
the University's mission and goals and strategic plan.
A brief statement of the nominee's interests, the future
direction of his/her pursuits, and perceived benefits to the University,
college and department/school.
The Dean should provide an indication of the expected financial
- The Provost shall call a meeting
of the Named Chair Selection Committee whose membership includes:
Provost, who will serve
as committee chair
Vice President for Research
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Three top scholars to be named by the President
Donor or a representative, if the donor chooses to participate
The Named Chair Selection Committee reviews the nominations and supporting
materials and sends a recommendation to the President.
The President reviews all supporting materials and makes a recommendation
to the Board of Visitors for final approval of the appointment.
-Approved by the Board of Visitors|
June 15, 2004
Revised December 4, 2014 (eff. 1/1/15)
Transitioned to University-Level Policy
December 10, 2021