Regents’ Professorship

Deadline for nominations: January 13, 2017

Regents’ Professorships are bestowed on truly distinguished faculty of Georgia State University, whose scholarly achievements are recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and renowned. The appointment is made by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents on recommendation of the President of GSU as per BOR policy manual 8.3.2:

8.3.2 Regents’ Professorships

Regents’ Professorships may be granted by the Board of Regents to outstanding faculty members of the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia, the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia State University, and, in special circumstances approved by the Board, other USG institutions. A Regents’ Professorship shall be awarded by the Board only upon the unanimous recommendation of the president, the chief academic officer, the appropriate academic dean, and three (3) other members of the faculty to be named by the president, and upon the approval of the Chancellor and the Committee on Academic Affairs (BoR Minutes, October 2008).

A Regents’ Professorship shall be granted by the Board for a period of three (3) years. Consideration of the renewal of the professorship for a second three-year period shall be given by the Board upon recommendation of the president of the institution, the Chancellor, and the Committee on Academic Affairs. After a period of six (6) years the Regents’ Professorship shall be renewed at the discretion of the president of the institution (BoR Minutes, August 2011).

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Only faculty members holding the rank of professor are eligible for nomination. Normally, the nominee will have a record of at least ten years at the rank of Professor.
  • There must be strong evidence of sustained, and recent, significant achievement in scholarship (or other creative activity appropriate to the discipline) that has earned high national and, as relevant, international citation and recognition. These scholarly contributions must be at a level that clearly exceeds what is expected for meritorious Professors.
  • There must be substantial contributions in service to the discipline and to Georgia State University including a sustained record of significant positive involvement in the life of the university.
  • A sustained record of highly effective promotion of learning is required. A Regents’ Professor is expected to excel in formal instruction as well as in the dissemination of knowledge to national audiences and includes the active and successful mentoring of master’s and doctoral degree students


Confidential nominations must come from a dean or a Regents’ Professor.  The nomination materials must include the following:

  • A letter of nomination detailing the accomplishments of the nominee;
  • A curriculum vitae of the candidate; and
  • Names and contact information of external referees that have national or international reputation in the nominee’s discipline/field of research. External referees should have no more than a limited personal or professional relationship to the candidate, with any such relationship identified in the supporting materials. The Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs will reach out to the referees for confidential letters of evaluation.  (Please note that a minimum of 3 letters will be needed to complete the candidate’s dossier.)

Completed nominations should be submitted to by January 13, 2017.


Completed nomination dossiers will be reviewed by an ad hoc Regents’ Professor advisory committee appointed by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. This committee will consist of three current Regents’ Professors who represent the breadth of disciplines relevant to the nominations received. The advisory committee will keep all information regarding the nomination and review confidential, will review the nominees’ credentials, and will make a recommendation on each nominee to the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs.

The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost may also confer confidentially with other members of the academic community on the various recommendations. On the basis of these discussions and the committee recommendations, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost will recommend, or decline to recommend, the nominee for a Regents’ Professorship. In either case, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost will notify the nominator of the decision. The Provost will forward positive recommendations to the President for approval and transmittal to the Board of Regents, and the nominee will be so informed.


The Regents’ Professorship is granted for an initial period of three years.  Regents’ Professor awardees will receive a salary supplement as long as they hold the Regents’ Professor title.  The amount of the supplement will be set by the Provost.  In addition, the awardee may receive additional supply, travel, or assistantship support from their department, college, or school.

A Regents’ Professorship is considered an appointment to a non-endowed professorship title and not a promotion.  At the time of appointment, a new Regents’ professor must not hold or must relinquish the title of Distinguished University Professor.  However, a Regents’ Professor may simultaneously hold an Endowed Named Professorship.  Consideration for renewal of the Regents’ Professorship for a second three-year period shall follow the BOR requirements.