Criteria and Procedures Pertaining to Regents’ Professorships

Board of Regents’ Policy Section 803.04 of the Policy Manual of the Board of Regents states:

Regents’ Professorships may be granted by the Board of Regents to outstanding faculty members of the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia, the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia State University, and in special circumstances approved by the Board other University System institutions. A Regents’ Professorship shall be awarded by the Board only upon the unanimous recommendation of the president, the dean of the graduate school, the administrative dean, the academic dean and three other members of the faculty to be named by the president, and upon the approval of the Chancellor and the Committee on Education.

A Regents’ Professorship shall be granted by the Board for a period of three years. Consideration of the renewal of the professorship for a second three-year period shall be given by the Board upon recommendation of the president of the institution, the Chancellor, and the Committee on Education. After a period of six years, the Regents’ Professorship shall automatically become coincidental in term with the regular professorship.

Criteria for Nomination

As stated above, the only criterion mentioned in the Regents’ policy is “outstanding faculty member.” To be nominated for a Regents’ Professorship by the College of Business Administration, the Individual should have a record which demonstrates that each of the following criteria are met:

  1. Rank of professor and tenured.
  2. Excellence in teaching over a significant period of time.
  3. Research and publications such that the individual is nationally recognized in a field.
  4. Significant service activities both internal to the University and involving professional organizations (especially regional or national professional organizations).

Procedures for Initiating and Reviewing Nominations

The Executive Committee shall initiate nominations for Regents’ Professorships. Those nominees which the Executive Committee believes warrant appointment as a Regents’ Professor shall be transmitted, by early November, to the College’s Promotion and Tenure Subcommittee for review. If the Subcommittee recommends the nomination, it will be forwarded to the Dean. In turn, if the Dean recommends the nomination, it will be forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for further consideration in accordance with Board of Regents’ policy.

A member of the faculty who believes that he/she has a record which warrants appointment as a Regents’ Professor may make written request of the chairman/director of the academic unit in which the faculty member holds appointment to have his/her credentials submitted by the chairman/director for consideration by the Executive Committee. If the chairman/director does not believe that the faculty member meets the criteria for nomination, this must be indicated in writing to the faculty member. The faculty member may then request that the Faculty Affairs Committee review his/her credentials for nomination. If the Faculty Affairs Committee believes that the faculty member warrants appointment as a Regents’ Professor, the Chairman of the Faculty Affairs Committee will request that the Dean transmit the dossier on the faculty member, by early November, to the College’s Promotion and Tenure Subcommittee for review along with any nominations received for that year from the Executive Committee.

Criteria for Renewal of Appointment for Second Three-Year Period

Prior to the end of the third year of the initial three-year period of appointment, the Dean will consult, among others, with the chairman/director of the academic unit in which the faculty member holds appointment. Performance during the initial three-year period of appointment in continuing to meet the criteria for nomination (as stated above) will be the primary factor employed by the Dean in reaching the decision to recommend reappointment to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for further consideration in accordance with Board of Regents’ policy. No appointment renewals after the second three-year period are required in that regents’ policy states that “after a period of six years, the Regents’ Professorship shall automatically become coincidental in term with the regular professorship”.

(Approved by the Executive Committee April 20, 1987)