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Titles of Distinction

Endowed Chair

Definition: An endowed chair is a perquisite, not including base salary for the academic year, supported by income from an endowed fund established by gift or gifts from private sources.


Additional UCI Titles of Distinction

Distinguished Professor, Chancellor's Professor, Chancellor's Fellow

General Description: All campus distinctions are awarded on the basis of merit. They may be conferred upon current faculty or made as part of a recruitment offer. Campus distinctions may be accompanied by financial stipends, either provided by the University or by the School, subject to availability of funds and the particular distinction provided. Only one title may be held at a time by a single member of the faculty, including endowed positions and campus distinctions.

With the exception of Chancellor's Fellow, all Distinguished titles are appointed to five-year renewable terms, subject to review and recommendation of the School Dean to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

Distinguished Professor
The Distinguished Professor title is the highest campus-level distinction and is reserved for senior faculty who have achieved the highest levels of scholarship over the course of their careers. Distinguished Professors will typically have earned national and international level distinctions and honors of the highest level.

Chancellor's Professor
The Chancellor's Professor title is designed for persons who have earned the title of Professor and who have demonstrated unusual academic merit and whose continued promise for scholarly achievement is unusually high. Thus, Chancellor's Professors are faculty who have achieved acclaim for their accomplishments and who are highly likely to continue producing notable achievement in scholarship.

Chancellor's Fellow
Chancellor's Fellows are faculty with tenure whose recent achievements in scholarship evidence extraordinary promise for world-class contributions to knowledge, and whose pattern of contributions evidences strong trajectory to distinction.


Terms of Appointment

Endowed Chairs are appointed consistent with the terms of the endowment. The Distinguished Professor title and the Chancellor's Professor title are conferred for a five-year renewable term, subject to review and recommendation of the School Dean to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

The Chancellor's Fellow distinction is for three years and carries an award of up to $25K per year in support of research; this title may not be renewed past three years.



All Campus Distinctions are awarded by the Chancellor, or Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost subsequent to advice from the Distinctions Committee and the Vice Provost. The Distinctions Committee will be chaired by the Vice Provost for Academic Personnel, and comprised of senior faculty, including but not limited to, current Distinguished and Chancellor's Professors.

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