UA FACULTY HANDBOOK APPENDIX
APPENDIX X: The University of Alabama Criteria and Procedures for Appointments to University Research Professorships and University Teaching Professorships
University research professorships and University teaching professorships enhance the quality of programs in higher education through both the recognition and contributions to the chair holders and professors. The University research professor positions recognize extraordinary, internationally-recognized scholarly attainment in an individual field. The University teaching professor positions recognize extraordinary achievements within and outside the classroom in teaching and training in an individual field. By the nature of their appointment, these distinguished scholars and teachers make special contributions to the research, creative activity, and teaching missions of the home department, school or college, and University. Moreover, they increase the visibility of the University and aid in attracting additional high-quality faculty, superior students, and external resources for research, instruction, and service. Appointments are expected to most often be made for an indefinite period; however, instances may exist where a limited term, with or without the possibility of renewal, is desirable.
Procedures for Selection of Candidates for University Research Professorships and University Teaching Professorships
While the University of Alabama Board of Trustees makes all appointments to the University research professorships and the University teaching professorships, recommendations to the Board will be made by the president of the University and/or provost only after considering the criteria, as described below: