CALS DDO - Faculty/Staff Policies and Procedures - CALS Professorship Guidelines
This document provides guidelines for College of Agricultural and Life Sciences professorships.
Presented to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Academic Planning Council: November 17, 2020
Original Date: October 19, 2020; Revision date: February 3, 2022
Professorships and chairs (hereafter referred to as “professorships”) are awarded to faculty who excel in scholarly activity demonstrated by a record of outstanding research, instruction, and/or outreach, with the promise of continuing productivity and excellent campus citizenship. These awards, with accompanying funding, are a way to acknowledge and reward faculty members for their outstanding work and integrity, while encouraging and inspiring excellence across the college.
The following guidelines apply to professorships within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), at the department or college levels.
Memorandum of Agreement
1Note that non-endowed gifts are normally provided as faculty fellow awards.
First-time awards: When a professorship is established, the department or college, as appropriate, shall generate an appointment process consistent with the MOA, including, but not limited to, outlining the call for nominations, eligibility of candidates, selection criteria, and selection processes. The first professorship appointment can be awarded when 100% of the fund commitment has been received and one year of annual income is available. While the appointment and funding will not be effective until the first date of the fiscal year in which the funding requirements are met, first-time recipients can be selected prior to this date if desired.
Department-level professorships: Each January, the Dean's Office shall notify department chairs and administrators of professorship appointments expiring on June 30 (or other upcoming dates if on a non-standard cycle). This notification shall include information needed for a nomination and a due date for the nomination.
College-level professorships: Each spring, the Dean's Office shall send out calls for nominations for awards, which shall include information on eligibility and selection criteria. Nominations will be sent to a subcommittee for review and the subcommittee will send recommendations to the Dean's Office.
All professorships: Professorships shall generally be granted for a five-year period with a July 1 first start date. Professorship appointments cannot be announced and professorship titles cannot be used by the appointee until Dean's Office approval of the professorship appointment is granted. In the case of Bascom professorships, provost approval must also occur.
Any endowed professorships established after October 31, 2012 shall follow the campus chairs and professorship funding guidelines. This includes the campus expectation that a minimum of 50% of the expected annual income generated by the professorship fund will provide compensation support, and 50-66.7% may be considered within the normal expected range for compensation support. Any requests by the donors for a different agreement on compensation support must be approved by the Provost's Office before a draft MOA is circulated; approval from the provost is sought by the dean. Only UW-Madison funded faculty are eligible to receive these awards.
For department-level professorships, the salary savings (minus fringe costs) will be returned to the department and the department shall determine the use of the funds. For college-level professorships, the salary savings (minus fringe costs) will be returned to the college and the college shall determine the use of the funds.
The annual allocation of flexible funds for the professorship is generally equivalent to the estimated annual income of the account, minus the amount used for compensation support. The annual allocation may be increased to spend down sizeable balances of spendable endowment income. The use of the funds shall be guided by the MOA.
Temporary base adjustments
Temporary base adjustments (TBAs) are only allowed if the award adds significant, additional responsibilities to the appointee. Because of this, TBAs are not generally granted with professorships and are discouraged, as the recipient benefits from flexible funds provided through the annual allocation process.
Donors shall be notified of all professorship appointments. For department-level professorships, this is the responsibility of the department chair (or designee) and for college-level professorships, this is the responsibility of the dean (or designee). The UW Foundation shall facilitate this and provide the necessary resources and information.
Professorship holders will be expected to provide stewardship for the donors including, but not limited to, communicating with the donors about significant accomplishments and/or current activities, meeting with donors as needed, or providing a brief written summary to serve as an annual report. The UW Foundation shall help to facilitate this process through the department chair or Dean's Office to the faculty member.