B.S. G.E., Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1972
M.S. , Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1973
Ph.D. , Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,1976
First Year as Faculty at KU: 1976
Professional Registration: n/a
A university-distinguished professorship is awarded wholly on the basis of merit, following exacting criteria; demographic factors and years of service are not taken into account. Therefore, it is not surprising that the number is small – almost 60 – for the entire university.
A nominee must be truly distinguished as a scholar, ranking among the top scholars in the United States for his or her particular field, and possessing an international reputation of excellence. However, an exemplary scholarly record is not enough; a pre-eminent ability to teach must always complement it.
Accordingly, the nominee must have a proven record of interest in the growth and success of students, colleagues, and institutions. Further, the nominee must show engagement in inter-disciplinary work, and participate in university affairs. Indeed a Distinguished Professor serves not only the university, but the local community and state as well.