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Dear colleagues,
You are invited and strongly encouraged to nominate an outstanding senior tenured faculty member for a small number of endowed professorships in the College of Arts and Sciences. These distinguished professorships recognize outstanding scholarship and teaching — at the undergraduate and/or graduate level — by senior faculty in the College. Appointments will be effective July 1, 2024, through the remainder of the recipients’ UNC Chapel Hill careers. The closing date for nominations is Tuesday, October 17, 2023.


  • Nominees must be tenured, full professors in the College.  
  • Faculty who currently hold a distinguished term professorship may be nominated, but, if selected, must relinquish the term appointment.
  • Faculty who already hold a permanent distinguished professorship are ineligible.
  • Previously unsuccessful nominations will not automatically be reconsidered; re-nominations are encouraged and should include new and current supporting documentation (see Nominations section below).



  • These professorships are effective July 1, 2024, through the remainder of the recipients’ UNC-Chapel Hill careers.  
  • Each recipient will receive a $15,000 increase in base salary and a $10,000 annual research fund.



  • Nominations should be sent in the form of a single pdf document attached to an email, to Duywuna Millner at Nominations may be made by department or curricula chairs on behalf of their units OR by individual faculty in the College.  
  • A chair normally may send forward only one nomination, chosen among recommendations from a chair-appointed committee charged with evaluating all eligible faculty in the unit and submitting recommendations to the chair. If a chair finds that the qualifications of recommended faculty are so comparable that a second nomination is justified, they may submit candidates in ranked order.
  • Individual faculty may nominate a department chair, another colleague or themselves; these nominations should be limited to one per nominator and should be made in cooperation with the unit’s nomination committee when appropriate.

Nominations must include, in the following order:

  • a nomination letter that explains the significance of the nominee’s scholarly and teaching achievements and is comprehensible to members of an interdisciplinary selection committee that may not include specialists in the nominee’s field. Letter writers are encouraged to embrace an expansive definition of scholarship and teaching, including mentoring and public or engaged work, as outlined in the candidate’s departmental promotion and tenure documents. 
  • a current and full curriculum vitae
  • a list providing the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of four external referees and one alternate referee who are in a position to evaluate the nominee’s qualifications for a distinguished professorship and who have expressed informally a willingness to write on the nominee’s behalf (no actual letters should be submitted with the nomination).




James W.C. White
Craver Family Dean
College of Arts and Sciences

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