Award of Named Professorships

Unless otherwise designated by donor criteria, an award of a named professorship is made to tenured faculty members with the rank of full professor or who have applied for promotion to the rank of full professor and are recommended by the Promotion and Tenure Committee for promotion to that rank.  The duration of an award shall be limited to a period of four years and thereafter rotated until development activities generate five or more additional named professorships, then the term shall be five years and thereafter rotated.  A recipient of a prior award is eligible for consideration for a subsequent award if continued productivity justifies continued recognition.

At the request of the Dean, the Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee shall appoint a subcommittee of three members composed of at least one member currently holding a named professorship and two other full professors for the purpose of recommending faculty for the award of a named professorship.  The Subcommittee shall identify and develop a file for each eligible candidate to assist the full Committee in its deliberations.  Additionally, any full professor or applicant for promotion to full professor may submit a written request to be considered.  Criteria for an award of a named professor include:  consistent superior classroom teaching that is thoughtful, provocative, and effective; significant scholarly work, measured both by number and quality, as an author and/or panelist; national or international prominence in his or her field, unless the applicant’s field is regionally based; and demonstrated commitment to the vision and mission of the law school.  Materials to be considered by the Subcommittee include an updated c-v identifying recent publications, law school committee assignments, and professional and community service; annual performance reviews of law school and other service; internal and external reviews of recent publications; a letter of recommendation from an outside source; and current teaching evaluations.  The Subcommittee shall  recommend to the full Committee those who should be recommended to the Dean for an award of a named professorship and may, as part of its recommendation, rank the eligible candidates.

The Promotion and Tenure Committee shall recommend to the Dean those to whom an award of a named professorship should be granted and may, as a part of its recommendation, rank the eligible candidates.  If the number of eligible candidates exceeds the number of available awards, the committee may recommend that the named designations be withheld and that the Dean allocate the available monetary awards as a merit bonus among those recommended until named designations are available for each candidate or the earlier expiration of the four year period for the designations sought to be made.

In the exercise of his or her discretion, the Dean shall award named professorships among those recommended by the Promotion and Tenure Committee with the goal of implementing the donor’s criteria, furthering the mission of the law school, providing recognition for meritorious work, and stimulating continued productivity among those recommended and the broader law school community.  With or without a recommendation from the Promotion and Tenure Committee on the use of monetary awards as a merit bonus, the Dean may allocate the available monetary awards as a merit bonus among those recommended until named designations are available for each candidate or the earlier expiration of the four year period for the designations sought to be made.  The awarding of named professorships may occur in any semester.