Appointment of Named Professorships and Chairs

Policy Memorandum No. 99

Recommended by the Commission on Faculty Affairs
Approved by University Council: November 7, 1988
Approved by the President: November 7, 1988
Effective: Immediately

Upon recommendation of the recent self-study to investigate the need to develop more formal procedures for appointing named professorships and chairs, the Commission on Faculty Affairs brought to Council a resolution setting forth formal procedures for appointing named professorships and chairs. University Council took action to establish such procedures. Appointments to named professorships and chairs are not the responsibility of the University Promotion and Tenure Committee, but are subject to approval by the Board of Visitors assuming the Provost and President accept the recommendations. Additionally, the policy is intended to help the University meet the guidelines of the State Council of Higher Education to make professors eligible for eminent professor funding by the State.

Following is the text of the policy as adopted by Council.

WHEREAS the recent self-study recommended that the governance structure of the University investigate the need to develop more formal procedures for appointing named professorships and chairs; and

WHEREAS the Commission on Faculty Affairs has investigated the existence of such formal procedures at peer institutions and have found the overwhelming majority utilize collegiate rather than university-wide procedures; and

WHEREAS several colleges in the University currently have formal procedures in place for appointment to such positions;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that each Academic College in the University develop formal procedures which include peer review through College Honorifics or Promotion and Tenure Committees for the appointment to named professorships and chairs; and let it be further resolved that extracollegiate appointments to named professorships and chairs be peer reviewed through the University Honorifics Committee.

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President's Policy Memorandum

URL: http://purl.vt.edu/vtdocs/policies/ppm99