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.
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.
Must be a University of Minnesota full professor.
Any person(s). It is not appropriate for faculty members to nominate themselves or to self-apply.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
Five copies of the nomination dossier must be submitted to the mailing address below. Each document (letter from nominator, supporting letters, document with brief bios of persons writing supporting letters, and curriculum vitae) within the dossier should be printed single-sided and stapled. All documents should then be collated and clipped together with a binder clip; elaborate covers, folders, or binders are not to be used. In addition, a single PDF of the nomination file must be sent to email@example.com with the subject line "Nomination Submission for the Regents Professorship." Please keep the original hard copy of the nomination in your own files because a nomination can be considered for two consecutive years. You may use the same file or update it, but in either case, five copies must be submitted each time you make a nomination. After each nomination process, one copy of the nomination will be retained by University Awards and Honors. The remainder will be shredded in order to maintain confidentiality.
Regents Professorship Selection Advisory Committee
c/o Vickie Courtney, Director
University Awards and Honors
427 Morrill Hall
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Resources and Helpful Links
- Information to Include When Compiling a Regents Professorship Nomination Dossiers
- Descriptive Language for Award Nominations
- Board of Regents Policy on Awards, Honors, and Recognition
If you have any questions about the nominating process, contact Vickie Courtney, director, University Awards and Honors, at 612-625-4805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.