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					                                     University of Victoria
                          Distinguished Professor Awards


Purpose and Background
Outstanding faculty are the foundation of the University of Victoria’s success and our goal is to
recruit and retain exceptionally talented faculty members and support them in ways that allow
them to achieve their highest potential. The University of Victoria Distinguished Professor
Awards program is intended to assist the University of Victoria to meet its strategic objectives in
relation to recruitment and retention of excellent faculty, and the promotion of excellence in
teaching and research.


Policy
    1. The title, University of Victoria Distinguished Professor, is the highest academic honour
       that the University of Victoria can bestow on a member of faculty. It will be awarded to
       members of faculty who have achieved great distinction in the areas of both teaching and
       scholarly research, and who have made a substantial contribution to the University and
       wider communities. The title will be awarded to a faculty member whose scholarly work
       is of exceptionally high international calibre and whose teaching and student supervision
       is outstanding as judged by peers and students. The recipient will be expected to play a
       role within the faculty and the university as a champion of excellence in teaching and
       research.
    2. The title of University of Victoria Distinguished Professor will be awarded and held by
       the faculty member so long as they remain a member of faculty at the University of
       Victoria and continue to display the excellence in their teaching, research and service. In
       addition to the title, the recipient will also receive a salary stipend or professional
       development support for a period of seven years (non renewable).
    3. At any one time, the number of Distinguished Professors receiving salary and
       professional development support will be no more than 2% of total regular faculty
       (though every Faculty will be entitled to at least one such position).


Procedures

    1. Nominees must be tenured full professors. They should be outstanding and innovative
       researchers and teachers, and leaders in their field. Excellence must be demonstrated in
       relation to both teaching and research, and other contributions to the university and the
       wider community must also be notable.

Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost              Approved by Board of Governors March 2002
                                                    Revisions Approved by the Board of Governors May 2009

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    2. Nominations will be submitted to the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost
       by the Dean. Up to 2% of the total regular faculty at UVic may be nominated, and each
       Faculty may make at least one nomination. Where more than one nomination is made by
       a Faculty, the Dean will priorize the nominations.
    3. Nominations will include:
             a. A curriculum vitae.
             b. A summary of the candidate’s achievements to date in the areas of teaching,
                scholarly research, and contributions to the University and wider community,
                including evidence of outstanding teaching and research, and leadership in
                promoting excellence in both.
             c. A description of the proposed contributions of the candidate to teaching, research
                and university affairs for the next five years.
             d. Three letters of reference from external experts.
    4. An Adjudication Committee consisting of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, the
       Vice-President Research, and an existing award-holder will review the proposed
       candidates and make a decision.
    5. The recipient of the award will receive a salary stipend for seven years, in an amount that
       will be set by the VP Academic and Provost in reference to stipends available to holders
       of prestigious external awards. Alternatively, the recipient may receive all, or a portion of
       the stipend, as professional development support.
    6. The President and Vice-President Academic will announce the recipients of the awards,
       and the recipients will be required to give a lecture in one of the University lecture series
       in order to celebrate the excellence of UVic faculty. They are also expected to be
       champions of excellence in teaching and research within their own faculties and the
       wider university. They will form an advisory council, facilitated by the Learning and
       Teaching Centre, to provide advice to their faculties, their deans and the Vice Presidents
       especially in relation to the ways in which teaching and research can be further integrated
       and made mutually enriching.
    7. The teaching and administrative duties of the award winners will be established by the
       unit Chair/Director in consultation with the Dean. As this award is meant to recognize
       excellence in teaching and research, teaching release should not be expected. In
       consultation with the Chair or Director and Dean, the recipient of the award may take on
       special responsibilities within the Faculty or university related to the promotion of
       excellence in teaching and research, and their assigned duties and responsibilities may be
       adjusted accordingly on an annual basis.
    8. All salary increases are attributed to the base salary only (not the stipend).




Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost              Approved by Board of Governors March 2002
                                                    Revisions Approved by the Board of Governors May 2009

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