Regents Professorship

Established in 1965 by the Board of Regents to recognize the national and international prominence of faculty members, the Regents Professorship is the highest honor the University of Minnesota bestows on its faculty. It recognizes faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the University through teaching, research, scholarship, or creative work, and contributions to the public good. The maximum number of Regents Professors is 30.

From the inception of the Regents Professorship program, the University of Minnesota Foundation has underwritten a stipend for each Regents Professor. The stipend is currently $50,000 annually, with $20,000 dedicated to a salary augmentation and $30,000 dedicated to a discretionary research fund. This is an indication of the importance the University of Minnesota Foundation attaches to the program.

Note, if a faculty member is a McKnight Presidential Chair and then subsequently is appointed a Regents Professor, s/he would keep the McKnight title but would not continue to receive the McKnight funding. S/he would receive the Regents Professor funding only.

Nominee

Must be a University of Minnesota full professor.

Nominator

Any person(s). It is not appropriate for faculty members to nominate themselves or to self-apply.

Selection Process

Once the nomination dossiers have been assembled, the Regents Professorship Selection Advisory Committee will evaluate them, meet and discuss the nominees, and then make their recommendation to the president. The president will then forward a recommendation to the Board of Regents for consideration.

Nomination dossiers must be submitted in the following format:

  • Letter from Nominator: Not to exceed five pages and should summarize the nominee’s accomplishments and the impact of those accomplishments upon the University and the national and international communities. The letter should address three areas of central importance in the selection of Regents Professors:
  1. Evidence of Scholarly or Other Creative or Artistic Achievement: Letters from professional peers and/or recognized scholars in the field will carry significant weight. Nominators are strongly encouraged to solicit letters of support from referees who can address the nominee's national and international stature.
  2. Teaching and Advising: Letters from former students and others who can speak to accomplishments in this area. Raw evaluative data should not be included; instead the nominator may wish to summarize accomplishments in the nominating letter.
  3. Professionally Related Service Inside and Outside the University: Contributions to professional organizations, learned societies, and to the community should be documented.
  • Supporting Letters: Up to ten letters from the nominee's peers in and outside the University and the nominee's students. Again, these should focus on the three areas of central importance, as above.
  • Qualifications of Persons Writing Supporting Letters: Document with brief bios of persons writing supporting letters, which includes their qualifications.
  • Nominee's Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact Information: Provide a separate document with the contact information of nominee, nominator(s), persons writing supporting letters, and person to contact if there are questions about the nomination (if not nominator). Include their email address, phone number (for nominee include both work phone and cell or home phone, depending on best number to contact them at), and mailing address (if University employee, use University mailing address. For nominee, include both University mailing address and home address).

Nomination Submission

Submit nominations to the Regents Professor Selection Advisory Committee, c/o Vickie Courtney, director, University Awards and Honors, at uawards@umn.edu.

Nominations must be submitted as a single PDF file with the email subject line "Nomination Submission for the Regents Professorship."

Note that a nomination can be considered for two consecutive years. You may use the same file or update it, but in either case, you will need to resubmit it by the posted deadline.

Resources and Helpful Links

Additional Information

If you have any questions about the nominating process, contact Vickie Courtney, director, University Awards and Honors, at 612-625-4805 or courtney@umn.edu.