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About Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professorships

Nature of the Award

The Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professorship is a non-renewable four-year appointment. Each PRSAP will receive upon appointment an increment of $5,000 to base salary. A grant of $5,000 per year will be provided during each year of the appointment, provided the recipient remains a full-time NIU faculty member. This is to be used for legitimate purposes related to the professor's scholarly activities (e.g., equipment, graduate assistants, supplies, travel, secretarial help), except for personal salary. In addition, each PRSAP will be released from one semester of teaching and service responsibility (or the equivalent in part-time releases) during the four-year period of the award. (Colleges will receive $4,000 toward the cost of that one semester release.) Each PRSAP must consult with his or her department chair regarding the scheduling of the semester(s) in which released time is to be granted; and it is preferable that this be done before the appointment begins. These provisions are to be over and above any tangible resources or released time that the PRSAP may obtain through grants or other sources during the appointment period.

Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professors will be formally appointed at the Faculty Awards Ceremony, typically in the spring of the year prior to the starting date of their appointments. At this time they will each be presented with a medallion intended for wearing with academic regalia and afterward will receive a personalized plaque recognizing the award.

Obligations of Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professors

Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professors are expected to carry out a continuous program of research or creative artistry during the period of their appointments. At the conclusion of the award period, each PRSAP will be asked to present a lecture to the University community on his or her current scholarly work.

When a Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor completes the four-year award period, his/her title will become Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor (DRSARs).

The Select Committee

Candidates are evaluated by the Select Committee on Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professorships, which consists of current PRSAPs/DRSAPs and at-large appointments made by the Vice President for Research and Innovation Partnerships and approved by the President. The Vice President for Research and Innovation Partnerships is the non-voting chair of the committee. No member of the Select Committee may be considered for the award. Professor Emeriti are ineligible to serve on the Select Committee.

Eligibility and Selection of Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professors

From the time of the initiation of these awards in 1982, it has been emphasized they are to be made solely on the basis of scholarly or artistic credentials. Candidates must be full-time, tenured faculty with the rank of professor. Successful nominees will have received national or international acclaim for their research, scholarship or artistry; will be among the researchers, scholars or artists of highest stature in their disciplines; will have made significant positive impact on the discipline nationally or internationally; and will be expected to continue to contribute to their disciplines at a high level.

Only persons who have records of significant and sustained research or creative artistic work and who have achieved national or international reputation by virtue of accomplishments in their fields, may receive these awards.

In evaluating the nominees, the Committee may draw upon sources of expertise internal and external to the University. Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professors are nominated by the Select Committee and appointed by the President. The award is not renewable and will end if and when full-time NIU employment ceases.