Overview

The Named Professorships, including the Cather/Bessey, Douglas/Weaver and Rosowski, are intended to recognize outstanding faculty members for their contributions in research or teaching and promise for future excellence. These professorships are funded by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor.

Learn more about each professorship, current holders, and nomination instructions.

Willa Cather / Charles Bessey Professorship In recognition of distinguished scholarship or creative activity

Willa Cather
Willa Cather
Charles Bessey
Charles Bessey

Stipend: $5,000 | Discipline: Open | Position: Full Professor

Willa Cather and Charles Bessey professorships were established in 2001 by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to recognize faculty members with the rank of full professor who have established exceptional records of distinguished scholarship or creative activity. Individuals awarded the professorship may elect either the Cather or Bessey designation. They are known as Cather or Bessey professors and professor of (field). The professorships, which carry a $5,000 stipend, are awarded for five-year terms. Appointments may be renewed following review for sustained excellence in the fifth year.

Please note that only one nomination per category (Cather/Bessey) may be submitted by each department.

Current Professorships

Year Recipient Professorship Department
2020 Marco Abel Willa Cather English
2020 Brian Harbourne Willa Cather Mathematics
2020 Eileen Hebets Charles Bessey Biological Sciences
2019 Julia McQuillan Willa Cather Sociology
2019 Jay Storz Willa Cather Biological Sciences

More recipients

Year Recipient Professorship Department
2013 Donald Becker Charles Bessey Professorship Biochemistry
2011 David Berkowitz Willa Cather Professorship Chemistry
2010 Paul Blum Charles Bessey Professorship School of Biological Sciences
2007 Dawn O. Braithwaite Willa Cather Professorship Communication Studies
2003 David Cahan Charles Bessey Professorship History
2018 Joy Castro Willa Cather Professorship English and Ethnic Studies
2017 David DiLillo Willa Cather Professorship Psychology
2002 Peter Dowben Charles Bessey Professorship Physics & Astronomy
2009 Patrick Dussault Charles Bessey Professorship Chemistry
2017 Timothy Gay Willa Cather Professorship Physics and Astronomy
2014 Alexei Gruverman Charles Bessey Professorship Physics & Astronomy
2017 Susan Hermiller Willa Cather Professorship Mathematics
2002 Carole Levin Willa Cather Professorship History
2016 Rodney Moxley Charles Bessey Professorship Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
2010 Andrzej Rajca Charles Bessey Professorship Chemistry
2014 Jordan Stump Willa Cather Professorship Modern Languages & Literatures
2014 Susan Swearer Willa Cather Professorship Educational Psychology
2010 Elizabeth Theiss-Morse Willa Cather Professorship Political Science
2016 Kimberly Tyler Willa Cather Professorship Sociology
2014 Mark Walker Willa Cather Professorship Mathematics
2008 Richard Wiener Charles Bessey Professorship Psychology
2007 Yiqi Yang Charles Bessey Professorship Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design
2011 Janos Zempleni Willa Cather Professorship Nutrition & Health Sciences

John E. Weaver / Aaron Douglas Professorship In recognition of a sustained record of teaching excellence and national visibility for instructional activities/practice

John E. Weaver
John E. Weaver
Aaron Douglas
Aaron Douglas

Stipend: $5,000 | Discipline: Open | Position: Full Professor

John E. Weaver and Aaron Douglas Professorships for Teaching Excellence were established in 2008 by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to recognize faculty members with the rank of full professor who demonstrate sustained and extraordinary levels of teaching excellence and national visibility for instructional activities and/or practice. Individuals awarded the professorship may elect either the Douglas or Weaver designation. They are known as Weaver or Douglas professors and professor of (field). The professorships, which carry a $5,000 stipend, are awarded for five-year terms. Appointments may be renewed following review for sustained excellence in the fifth year.

Please note that only one nomination per category (Weaver/Douglas) may be submitted by each department.

Current Professorships

Year Recipient Professorship Department
2018 Debra Hope Aaron Douglas Professorship Psychology
2018 Clarence Waters Aaron Douglas Professorship Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction

More recipients

Year Recipient Professorship Department
2015 Robert Brooke John E. Weaver Professorship English
2010 Stephen Buhler Aaron Douglas Professorship English
2010 Calvin Garbin John E. Weaver Professorship Psychology
2009 William Lewis Aaron Douglas Professorship Mathematics
2016 Martha Mamo John E. Weaver Professorship Agronomy & Horticulture
2012 Judy Walker Aaron Douglas Professorship Mathematics
2014 Laura White John E. Weaver Professorship English

Susan J. Rosowski Professorship In recognition of faculty who show exceptional promise for future excellence and distinguished scholarship or creative activity

Susan J. Rosowski
Susan J. Rosowski

Stipend: $3,000 | Discipline: Open | Position: Associate Professor

The Susan J. Rosowski Professorship recognizes faculty at the associate professor level for their contributions in research and teaching, who show exceptional promise for future excellence, and who have achieved distinguished records of scholarship or creative activity. The five-year, one-time appointment professorship carries a $3,000 annual stipend.

Please note that only one nomination per category may be submitted by each department.

Current Professorships

Year Recipient Department
2020 Eric Dodds Chemistry
2020 Jeffrey Stevens Psychology
2020 Stacey Waite English
2019 Oleh Khalimonchuk Biochemistry
2019 Kristi Montooth Biological Sciences

More recipients

Year Recipient Department
2017 Martin Centurion Physics and Astronomy
2018 Carrick Detweiler Computer Science and Engineering
2017 Sarah Gervais Psychology
2018 Katrina Jagodinsky History
2017 Timothy Schaffert English

Chancellor's Professorship

Stipend: Varies | Discipline: Varies | Position: Varies

Current Professorships

Year Recipient Department
2018 Rick Bevins Psychology
2016 Stephen Cooper Raikes School of Computer Science & Management
2016 Kwame Dawes English
2011 Margaret Jacobs History
2016 Xiao Cheng Zeng Chemistry