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POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS

Endowed Chairs and Professorships, Policy on

Description: Has associated procedure

Notes: Approved by Senate: 1988/06/23; Approved by the Board of Governors: 1988/07/19; Date Effective: 1988/07/19

Approval Authority: Board of Governors and Senate

Signatures:"William A. Dimma" "Susan Mann"


Definitions

The endowment of a Chair or Professorship is an important event in the academic life of a university. It enhances the academic purposes of the university by providing continuing support for an established field of study or by providing the focal point for a new emphasis or area of inquiry. Often, where the endowment is the result of a benefaction, the Chair or Professorship will honour a named individual or organization.

This statement has been developed to make explicit the procedure governing the establishment of an endowed Chair or Professorship.

A Chair is a permanent professorial position having at least the following attributes:

  1. an endowment of sufficient magnitude to support in perpetuity or for a considerable period of time an academic position to which an individual of high distinction will be appointed; the appointment may or may not be for a specified period of time: normally, the endowment should also provide an additional measure of scholarly/creative/research support;
  2. an acceptable academic orientation or focus;
  3. a requirement that the occupant of the Chair will provide an annual report to the Dean of the Faculty in which the Chair is housed, and give one or more public lectures;
  4. appointment procedures and other conditions which are acceptable and which are consistent with prevailing University procedures;

A Professorship is a professorial position having at least the following attributes:

  1. an endowment of sufficient magnitude to support the appointment of an individual of high distinction;
  2. an acceptable academic orientation or focus;
  3. a requirement that the occupant of the Professorship will provide an annual report to the Dean of the Faculty in which the Professorship is housed, and give one or more public lectures;
  4. appointment procedures and other conditions which are acceptable and which are consistent with prevailing University procedures;