Curators’ Distinguished Professorships

Purpose

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.

Nominations

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. Submission Requirements Form
  3. Executive Summary-must be submitted as a Word document
  4. Nomination/Cover Letter-submit as one pdf document
    • A two to three page statement prepared by the administrator or a colleague that identifies the primary contributions of the individual and provides a perspective so that non experts in the field might understand the significant importance of the work (this statement is particularly helpful to the committee in reviewing the nominations).
  5. Supporting letter from the Dean
  6. Evaluations of candidate’s work by others knowledgeable in the field
  7. Examples (limited to two or three) of nominee’s finest work.
  8. Copies of all student-generated teaching evaluations for the past three academic years (including both numeric and written feedback)
  9. Copies of past three years of annual performance reviews
  10. Nominee’s curriculum vitae
  11. Academic Analytics Data (optional): For research awards, the faculty committee, Provost, Chancellor, and/or President may review Academic Analytics data as one piece of data in the review process. Nominees have the option of including their Academic Analytics data with a 1-page contextual statement if they wish in their nomination packet.

All candidates selected for a Curators’ Distinguished 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 Professor may be granted. The duration of the appointment for all Curators’ Distinguished Professors appointed prior to January 2005 is not term limited.

Please refer to the University of Missouri System Faculty Awards & Recognition relating to Curators’ Distinguished Professorships for more details.

Nomination Submissions

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 MUProvostAwards@missouri.edu. Name applications as follows: YearCDP_LastFirst (e.g., 2024CDP_TigerTruman). Original hard copies of the proposal packet are no longer required.

Please contact us at MUProvostAwards@missouri.edu with any questions.

Five-Year Renewal

Nomination materials should include:

  1. Executive Summary– accomplishments in the preceding 5-years, as well as plans for the coming 5-years – must be submitted as a Word document
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae documenting productivity over the past 5-years
  3. Letters of support from Department Chair and Dean
  4. Copies of all student-generated teaching evaluations for the past five academic years (including both numeric and written feedback)
  5. Copies of past five years of annual performance reviews

Five-Year Renewal Packet Submissions

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 MUProvostAwards@missouri.edu. Name applications as follows: YearCDP_LastFirst (e.g., 2024CDP_TigerTruman). Original hard copies of the proposal packet are no longer required.

Please contact us at MUProvostAwards@missouri.edu with any questions.

Past Recipients

See all past and currently active Curators’ Distinguished Professor recipients.