Call for Nominations

Annually, the University recognizes outstanding faculty as Board of Trustees Distinguished Professors. This is a call for nominations for professors who qualify for this stellar distinction. Please note that the candidates must excel in all three areas of research, teaching and public engagement. This award includes a $2500 one-year stipend to be used by the recipient to further his/her professional activities.

The due date for nominations for 2016 – 2017 is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016.

All individuals for this distinction must be nominated by one (or more) faculty or administrator via a single nomination letter. The Selection Committee requests that previous nominations be updated each year, ensuring documentation and materials are current and accurate. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Each nomination must include:

  1. A cover letter with a brief overview of the candidate’s qualifications for the award.
  2. A three page Summary of Qualifications.  This summary must dedicate one page to discussion of the nominee’s research/creative endeavors, one page to teaching and one page to public engagement and service activities.  Any nominations not in compliance with this format will be returned to the nominator(s) for revision.
  3. An updated CV that includes all publications and creative endeavors.  Citations for journal articles, books, and other publications should include all authors, full titles, and applicable page numbers.  For creative works such as exhibitions, curated exhibitions, performances, and musical compositions, date and venue should be included.
  4. Letters of reference from up to six referees.  Normally, no more than two referees should be from close colleagues, collaborators or former students.  At least one of the individuals should be qualified to focus on formal teaching and may be an internal UConn reference.  The remaining referees should be individuals external to the University, who have a national/international reputation and are familiar with the nominee’s work.  No more than six letters will be incorporated into the review file.  Please note that the Committee reserves the right to request additional letters from UConn faculty, department heads, or deans to assist with their deliberations.

To assist in preparing your nomination, the selection committee’s criteria are described in the Selection Criteria document.  In the past, the Committee has found that there is often insufficient information, particularly regarding teaching and public engagement and service, so please follow the criteria specified.  This will assist the Committee in their review of the nominations.

The due date for nominations is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Vice Provost Sally Reis, Advisor to the Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Selection Committee.

Please send your complete set of nomination materials, as one complete PDF file, to Brandon Murray ( who will provide support to the Committee.  The nomination packet should be single spaced, formatted for standard (8.5” x 11”) paper with one inch margins on all sides, and Times New Roman 12 font. Reference letters  solicited by the nominator(s) should be included in the PDF file as well. The Office of the Provost will acquire Student Evaluations of Teaching data from the past seven years for all applicants.

Dossiers sent with multiple files will be returned for resubmission in the correct format as a PDF.