LAS Distinguished Professor

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Criteria for Selection


No one criterion will automatically make one eligible for this award. The Executive Committee considers the entire scholarly profiles of all nominees and evaluates them in light of standards applicable to the nominee’s area of study. A high record of service to the professional or college community is expected also. Criteria may include, but are not limited to: a continuous record of distinguished scholarly activity, receipt of national or international awards, significant recognition from outside the university. The College selects up to two Distinguished Professors per academic year. The award comes with $5,000 in research support.

Eligibility Guidelines


If nominee is a member of the LAS faculty, the nominee must hold a tenured position of at least 50% in a department of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

If the nominee is not currently a member of the LAS faculty, the nominee must be under consideration for a tenured position of at least 50% in a department of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The honor will only be conferred after the nominee has assumed employment on the LAS faculty.

Nomination Materials


Nominations for this award may come from any faculty member with at least a 50% appointment in LAS. All nominations must be endorsed by the nominee’s Executive Officer. The nomination packet should include:

  • Letter of nomination signed by the nominator. The letter of nomination should contain both factual information and evaluative comments that will enable the committee to make a judgment on the nomination. The letter should be no longer than five pages and should include the following information:
    • Area of study
    • Service to the profession and/or college and university communities
    • Receipt of national and international awards
    • Other achievements and/or recognition that demonstrate distinguished and continuous scholarly activity
  • Current CV

Executive officers who wish to submit more than one nomination must submit a ranked list of nominees.

Submission Guidelines


One copy of the nomination packet should be emailed to Beth Allen, no later than April 3, 2020.


The Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor award was established in 2006 to commend exceptional faculty for their contributions to the LAS and UIC communities, as well as for their significant and sustained intellectual scholarship in their chosen fields. Each year, the Executive Committee of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences votes for superlative candidates in the humanities, social sciences, the natural sciences or interdisciplinary fields.