Distinguished University Professorship


Deadline: January 13, 2017

 The appointment of Distinguished University Professor at Georgia State University is intended to recognize a sustained and outstanding record in scholarship and instruction, and to provide the impetus for continuing high achievement. Distinguished University Professors are expected to serve the University as exemplary faculty members by contributing to its research, instructional, and service missions.

Eligibility and Criteria

All nominees must be tenured graduate faculty.  Nominees are expected to demonstrate ongoing excellence in scholarly and instructional accomplishment that is significantly above that expected for his or her rank. No more than 5 percent of the University’s tenured faculty members may hold this title at any time.


An individual must be confidentially nominated for a Distinguished University Professorship by the nominee’s Dean.  Nomination packages should include:

  • Cover letter documenting the extraordinary achievements of the nominee (3 pages maximum);
  • The nominee’s current curriculum vitae; and
  • Three letters of support from other distinguished scholars in the area of specialization.  The supporting letters should be from individuals who have no close personal or professional relationship with the nominee.  A brief biography of each of the referees should be included in the nomination package.

Nominations and attachments should be submitted electronically to OFAawards@gsu.edu by January 13, 2017.


Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of senior accomplished faculty appointed by the Provost. They will be evaluated based on:

  • a sustained record of exemplary research and scholarly accomplishments significantly above that expected for rank;
  • a continuous record of significant external, competitive funding when available based on discipline;
  • recognition for creative and original contributions to knowledge and the potential to continue this trajectory; and
  • recognition of national and international leadership in the scholarly or creative field.


Each Distinguished University Professor may receive both a salary supplement, in an amount set by the Provost, and a scholarly activity fund from the college, school or department as long as he or she holds the title. The term of the Distinguished University Professor is for five years and may be renewed once upon successful re-application and re-evaluation. A Distinguished University Professor is considered an appointment to a non-endowed professorship title and not a promotion.