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Policies & Procedures

Policy 2105 - Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund Endowed Professorships

Revision Date: 11/22/2004

Original Effective Date: 8/1992

Responsible Office: Vice President for Academic Affairs

Reference: Board of Regents


Endowed Professorships are established for the purpose of providing an annual funding source to enhance program and faculty development. Holders of the professorships should be of such quality and professional stature as to provide excellence in program leadership and bring national and international recognition to the University.

Louisiana Tech has received donor gifts and matching funds from the Board of Regents to establish more than 106 endowed professorships.

Future Considerations

Professorships are not filled until after one year’s earnings have accumulated so that an actual budget can be established. The unit head will be responsible for monitoring the earnings and expenditure levels to maintain the integrity of the professorship. If necessary due to a reduction in income available, professorship awards may be adjusted from one year to the next. Guidelines provide for the combining of professorships in like disciplines in order to provide an increased source of earnings.

Except under defensible, extenuating circumstances, a time limitation of no more than two years shall elapse from the funding of a professorship until it is awarded. If an endowed professorship should become vacant the same rule shall apply - a maximum of two years is allowed to make the award.

Nominations Procedure

  1. An endowed professor nominee must have a record of excellence in teaching, research, and service. This excellence and the basis for the nominations must be carefully documented in the nomination materials. Such documentation shall include specific qualifications of the nominee and proposed professional activities designed to meet the goals established for the professorship.
  2. Nominations will be submitted by the head of the department or college, as appropriate, to which the endowed professorship is assigned. Faculty members holding the ranks of assistant professor, associate professor, and professor are eligible for consideration. A department or college committee may be established to review applicants and forward a nomination recommendation.
  3. Appointments can be made for one- to five-year terms with reappointment possible. Reappointments will require support documentation and submission through appropriate channels. A professorship may be filled, in accordance with approved procedures, if an appointment is vacated prior to term completion.

Appointment

  1. Nominations and conditions of appointment must be approved by the Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and President prior to award notification. After such approval, the conditions of the appointment, including term of award, any renewal provisions, any additional salary, and any amounts which can be expended for non-salary items, will be specified in a written letter to the nominee informing him or her of the designation. The determination of the support to be provided will be made in relation to the goals of the holder and the unit.
  2. If applicable, a completed appointment form should be prepared showing the portion of endowed earnings to be allocated as salary supplement. An account and budget from which to expend any funds allowed for faculty development should be established by memo to the Comptroller. Such expenditures must be made in accordance with state regulations and approved by appropriate administrators.

Recognition

  1. Faculty selected to professorships should be identified with the respective professorship title in news releases, presentations, and publications. An additional sentence “The XXXX Professorship is made available through the State of Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund” should also be included.
  2. Recognition of donors and interaction with donors and the recipient/unit/college/university should be promoted.

Review

A review and discussion of the established goals and related professional activities for the professorship will be included as part of the annual faculty evaluation procedure. Failure to meet the conditions of appointment can result in termination of the professorship.

Reports assessing the accomplishments of each professorship are to be submitted to the Board of Regents. The respective academic unit will be responsible for preparation of such reports. As of 1992, these reports are to be submitted every five years.


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