The endowment of chairs and professorships provides a means by which Auburn University can recruit and retain, on a competitive basis, outstanding faculty who make significant contributions in teaching, research, scholarship, the creative and performing arts, outreach and extension.
In the absence of a clear specification by the donor to the contrary, all endowed positions may be filled from either within or outside the university faculty.
At the outset of the search process, a position announcement that describes the standards and expectations to be used in determining the candidate pool will be developed.
Appointees to endowed positions must have a record of distinguished academic or professional work in an appropriate field. Such distinction will be judged in national terms, as compared with colleagues in peer institutions. Satisfaction of this standard must be verified at the department and college levels, and confirmed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Internal peer review is essential for all nominees for endowed positions.
The university’s commitment to affirmative action and goals of the affirmative action program will be considered in appointing nominees to endowed positions.
The following procedures will be followed normally in the case of nominees for endowed positions within a department in a college when the position is being filled from within the university faculty:
Nominees for college-wide positions or whose skills cover multi-disciplinary subject areas and who will serve the university across departments within a college or across colleges will be reviewed at the college or university level, respectively. The review committee, consisting of five people, will include three faculty members closely aligned to the nominee’s primary focus as well as two endowed position holders. The committee will be appointed by the dean or the Provost and Vice President for Academic affairs.
When persons external to the university are sought for an endowed position, a faculty search committee will be appointed by the dean of the college or school. That committee will consist of at least five members, two of whom will be from disciplines other than that in which the position is based. The faculty search guidelines of the university will be observed during the search. External appraisals of the quality of the work of nominees will be sought by the search committee. The search committee will forward its recommendations to the departmental chairperson and college dean.
After initial approval by the dean or a review committee, each nomination will be submitted to the Provost. The Provost will review the file and, after consultation with the President of the University, approve or disapprove the nomination.
Rejection of a nomination at any level will be accompanied by a written justification. If a nomination is rejected, it may be resubmitted with a response to the reasons for rejection.
The letter of initial appointment will specify the duration of and expectations for the particular endowed position, including performance criteria and performance review procedures.
In general, conditions and expectations stated in the appointment letter will be the principal basis for reviews.
As donors may have specified selection criteria or preferences in the endowment agreement, care should be given to follow the agreement’s “Professorship/Chair Endowment Guidelines.”
Professorships cannot be awarded where there is a perceived or real conflict of interest.
Funds used to establish professorships or endowments should be used in accordance with any donor restrictions. If you have questions concerning the use of funds or donor restrictions, please contact the Auburn University Office of Development.
February 1, 2011
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