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Nomination and Selection


Full-time, tenured faculty at the rank of full professor with a minimum of five years of service at UT Knoxville. Chancellor’s Professors will have distinguished records of research or creative achievement as well as evidence of the highest standards in teaching and exemplary university service. Evidence of scholarly or creative distinction will be demonstrated by the following criteria: (1) a record of scholarly publications or creative activities, and (2) recognition conferred by national and international professional organizations in the form of elected office, awards, medals, invitations to hold prestigious lectureships and visiting professorships, symposia and meetings, membership in top honorary academic and professional organizations, and other indicators of distinction.


Nominations come from deans with no more than six nominations from the College of Arts and Sciences; two each from the Colleges of Engineering, Business Administration, and Education, Health, and Human Sciences; and one each from the Colleges of Architecture and Design, Communication and Information, Law, Social Work, Nursing, and Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The nomination package shall include the items listed below and must state explicitly how the faculty member meets criteria established for the award. Please keep the nomination confidential and, if you are consulting others, ask them to maintain strict confidentiality:

  1. Letter of nomination from dean, who may consult with department head or others
  2. CV of nominee

Program Information

Appointment as a Chancellor’s Professor constitutes the highest lifetime honor that can be accorded to a member of the faculty of UT, Knoxville. This new designation recognizes extraordinary, nationally or internationally recognized, scholarly attainment in an individual discipline or field as well as a record of excellence in teaching and service to UT Knoxville.

Chancellor’s Professors are appointed by the chancellor on the recommendation of the provost. The initial class of seven Chancellors Professors was recommended based upon nominations by the collegiate deans. Going forward, the Chancellor’s Professors will recommend to the provost and chancellor the appointment of additional members in the spring of each year. Normally, the total number of Chancellor’s Professors will not exceed two percent of UT’s tenured/tenure-track faculty, resulting in a maximum of eighteen to twenty honorees at any point in time.

The Chancellor’s Professors will receive a one-time research stipend of $20,000 as a token of their outstanding achievement. Individuals who hold endowed positions may retain these positions, although this may affect the amount of the research award associated with the Chancellor’s Professorship.

The Chancellor’s Professors will meet at regular intervals to advise the provost, vice chancellor for research and engagement, and chancellor on matters of concern to the campus. Chancellor’s Professors also will participate in the Chancellor’s Professor Faculty Lecture Series, to take place at regular intervals during the academic year.

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