Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professorships


During the upcoming year the chancellor may recommend an outstanding faculty member for this honor. These are prestigious positions, and only outstanding scholars with established reputations will be considered for appointment.


Faculty colleagues, departments, schools/colleges or recognized campus organizations may nominate individuals.

Do not place nomination materials in a hard binder. The length of the nomination materials is not of primary importance because the final choice will be based on convincing evidence. Nomination materials will not be returned; therefore, the department chair should retain a copy of nomination materials for possible future use. Unsuccessful nominations may be updated and resubmitted in successive years.

Nomination materials should include:

  1. Nomination Checklist
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Nomination/Cover Letter
  4. Supporting letters (limited to 12) must include opinions of prominent people in the nominee’s discipline
  5. Nominee’s personal philosophy of teaching statement, including how research and service are reflected in teaching
  6. List of courses taught (include syllabi)
  7. Summarization of all course evaluation data (separate for each course, include departmental norms, multiple sources and method of solicitation – but no raw data)
  8. Other supportive materials
  9. Nominee’s curriculum vitae

All candidates selected for a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor appointment after January 2005 will be appointed for a period of five years. Each five-year appointment may be renewed at the discretion of the chancellor. There is no limit to the number of extensions a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor may be granted. The duration of the appointment for Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professors appointed prior to January 2005 is not term limited.

Please refer to the Collected Rules and Regulations 320.070 relating to Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professorships for more details.


Per a recent update to the UM System Awards and Recognition website, Curators’ Professorship nominations will only be presented to the Board of Curators at the February and September meetings in response to recently-adopted changes to the Board of Curators Meeting Calendar. Due to this new timeline, MU will only be able to submit applications for the September Board of Curators meeting for 2021.

Annual Deadline: March 1 (due the following business day when falls on a weekend or holiday)

Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted by the Divisional Dean, who may establish an earlier deadline. Submit an electronic version as a single Word document (Executive Summary) and a single PDF (Nomination Packet) via email to Name applications as follows: YearCDP-T_LastFirst (e.g., 2022CDP-T_TigerTruman). Original hard copies of the proposal packet are no longer required.

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Past Recipients

See past Curators’ Distinguished Professor recipients.

Effective 9/1/2019 William Horner, Political Science
Effective 9/1/2018 Wendy Sims, Music
Effective 9/1/2017 Anand Prahlad, English
Effective 9/1/2016 Thomas E. Phillips, Biological Sciences
Effective 9/1/2015 Mary Jo Muratore, Romance Languages & Literatures
Effective 9/1/2014 Sandra Davidson, Journalism
Effective 9/1/2014 Deborah Huelsbergen, Art
Effective 9/1/2014 Michael F. Smith, Animal Sciences
Effective 9/1/2013 Michael Budds, Music
Effective 9/1/2011 Richard Meadows, Veterinary Medicine
Effective 9/1/2009 John E. Adams, Chemistry (Emeritus)
Effective 1/1/2009
J. Sandy Rikoon, CAFNR
Lee Wilkins, Journalism (Emeritus)
Wilson Freyermuth, Law
Effective 2007
Michelle Arnopol Cecil, Law
Suzanne Burgoyne, Theatre
Stephen D. Easton, Law
Effective 9/1/06
Mark Ryan, Fisheries and Wildlife (Emeritus)
Effective 9/1/04
Meera Chandrasekhar, Physics and Astronomy
Peter Markie, Philosophy
Ira Papick, Mathematics
Effective 1/1/02

Elaine Lawless, English (Emeritus)
James Wall, Management

Effective 1/1/99
James E. Carrel, Biological Sciences (Emeritus)
Effective 9/1/96
Thomas J. Freeman, Jr., Geological Sciences (Emeritus)
Effective 9/1/95
Edwin M. Kaiser, Chemistry (Emeritus)
Effective 9/1/92
William B. Bondeson, Philosophy (Emeritus)