Professorships are one of the highest forms of recognition provided by the University.

They are used to attract, reward, and retain distinguished faculty, leaders, scholars, and artists of national and international reputation. Each fall, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs welcomes nominations for vacant professorships. Vacant Professorships will remain open until filled.

Available Professorships for 2023-24 Call
Name Stipend Discipline Position Description
Willa Cather / Charles Bessey
$5,000 Open Full Professor In recognition of distinguished scholarship or creative activity. Learn more about the Cather/Bessey Professorship
John E. Weaver / Aaron Douglas
$5,000 Open Full Professor In recognition of a sustained record of teaching excellence and national visibility for instructional activities/practice. Learn more about the Weaver/Douglas Professorship
Susan J. Rosowski
$3,000 Open Associate Professor In recognition of significant contributions in research and teaching and exceptional promise for future excellence. Learn more about the Rosowski Professorship
Willa Cather
Charles Bessey
John E. Weaver
Aaron Douglas
Susan J. Rosowski

Nomination Instructions and Timeline Deadline: Thursday, November 7, 2023

Please note that colleges, departments, and other administrative subunits may have additional deadlines to be observed.

Step 1: Nominations are submitted electronically to

Step 2: External references are contacted to add their letters to the files. Note that nominees/nominators should ensure the willingness of external references prior to submission of the professorship nomination materials

Step 3: Full dossiers, including external reference letters, are reviewed by the University Professorships Committee. The Committee makes recommendations to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, who makes recommendations to the Chancellor.

Spring: New professorship appointments are announced.

Only one nomination per category (Cather/Bessey, Weaver/Douglas, Rosowski, University) may be submitted by a department

Individuals may hold only one named professorship or chair with an associated stipend at any given time.

Beginning in 2024-25, new Cather/Bessey and Weaver/Douglas professorships will be awarded as non-renewable professorships with a five-year term. Holders are eligible to be re-nominated at the end of the five-year term. This change does not apply to professorships awarded prior to 2024-25.