All candidates must be at Full Professor Rank and have received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the area for which they are nominated.
The Distinguished Faculty Ranks include: Distinguished Professorship, Distinguished Service Professorship, Distinguished Teaching Professorship and Distinguished Librarian. The Distinguished Faculty Rank is above that of full professor and is conferred solely by the SUNY Board of Trustees as a promotion in rank or an honorific distinction. A candidate who is nominated for an award must not have been nominated for the same award in the past two years.
1. Distinguished Professorship recognizes faculty who have achieved national or international prominence through research and scholarship or artistic performance or achievement.a. Academic Rank – Candidates must have attained the rank of full Professor.b. Length of Service – Candidates must have held the rank of Professor for at least five years and must have at least one year of full-time service at the nominating institution.
2. The Distinguished Service Professorship recognizes faculty who have earned a notable reputation for service not only within SUNY but more broadly, to the state and nation.a. Academic Rank – Candidates must have attained the rank of full Professor.b. Length of Service – Candidates must have held the rank of Professor for five years, must have at least three years of full-time service at the nominating institution, and must have completed at least ten years of full-time service in the State University of New York.
3. The Distinguished Teaching Professorship recognizes faculty for outstanding teaching competence at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional levels.a. Academic Rank – Candidates must have attained the rank of full Professor.b. Length of Service – Candidates must have held the rank of Professor for five years, have completed at least three years of full-time teaching on the campus that recommends the appointment and ten years of full-time teaching in the State University of New York.
4. The rank of Distinguished Librarian recognizes transformational contributions in creating a new information environment and fostering information literacy.a. Academic Rank – Candidates must have attained the rank of full Librarian or, for community colleges, the rank of full Professor with clear and direct full-time responsibilities pertaining to library service.b. Length of Service – Candidates must have completed at least five years of full-time service at the rank of Librarian (or full Professor with direct library responsibilities at a community college), have completed three years of full-time librarianship on the campus that recommends the appointment, and at least ten years of service within the State University of New York.
Upon appointment, Distinguished Faculty are inducted into the SUNY Distinguished Academy, leveraging their collective expertise to address System-wide, state, and global challenges.
The Distinguished Professorship programs nominations forwarded to the System-level must be the product of an objective and rigorous campus review. Further, the nomination process should benefit from the involvement of a broad spectrum of the campus community. Under no circumstance, may faculty apply or self-nominate for these programs.
Appointment to the Distinguished Professorship, Distinguished Service Professorship, Distinguished Teaching Professorship, or Distinguished Librarian is an academic career capstone. Conversely, non-selection elicits enormous disappointment. The sensitivities inherent in these programs and the nature of the supporting documentation make it imperative that all deliberations, communications, and actions of the campus committee remain strictly confidential. Ideally, this should extend to the identity of those selected by the local selection committee as the campus’ nominees for these promotions.
Further, because of the confidentiality of these proceedings, the System-level coordinator of these programs will interact only with the campus President or the President’s designee.
Due to the confidential nature of the nomination, the nominator will be responsible for preparing the documentation for the nominee, without the nominee’s knowledge. Nominators will be provided more information on documentation requirements shortly after the nomination deadline.
Nominations made to shared governance by Monday, February 25, 2019, by email to Professor Timmy Bremer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Portfolio due to the Selection Committee (c/o Timmy Bremer) by Monday, April 29, 2019.