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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 unique contributions to the quality of the University of Minnesota through exceptional accomplishments in teaching, research and 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.

Nomination Deadline: March 10, 2017

Number of Openings: One


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.

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:

Nomination Submission

Ten 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 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, ten 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

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Additional Information

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