Selection Criteria

The Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor is the highest honor that the University bestows on faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service, outreach, and public engagement. To be eligible, candidates must have attained the rank of Full Professor.

This award is for faculty who have spent at least 10 years of their career at UConn. Nominees should be actively engaged scholars, who excel in all three areas of teaching, research, and service, outreach, and public engagement. Evidence for these should include the following:


  • Undergraduate and graduate courses taught during the past seven years (including course title and credit hours for each). The Office of the Provost will acquire Student Evaluations of Teaching data from the past seven years for all applicants.
  • Other evaluations or evidence of excellence in teaching with supporting documentation.
  • Data on positions and activities of former graduate students.
  • Evidence of national and international presentations.
  • Collaborative publications with students or evidence of mentoring.
  • Teaching innovations, awards, and special recognitions.

Research and Creative Works:

  • Outstanding scholarly productivity and creative works demonstrated by an international or national reputation in his/her field.
  • Evidence of engagement in scholarship (e.g., ongoing research, conference presentations, seminars, lectures, scholarly publications).

Service, Outreach, and Public Engagement:

  • Service to the University and outreach to the community, the state, and at the national and international level, including service to the candidate‚Äôs academic profession, professional service and outreach to the community and to governmental entities.
  • Contributions of public engagement (e.g., programs and partnerships, all with mutually beneficial community planning and participation).

For additional information, see the selection committee criteria highlighting the categories included in the review.

Updated: March 12, 2014