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Program Description:

The Regents Professorship established by the Board of Regents of Northern Kentucky University shall be awarded from time to time to those full professors who, at the apex of their careers, have an exceptional record of achievements in scholarship or creative activity that has brought acclaim to the university and is consistent with the university’s core values. The area of scholarship may include traditional scholarship as well as scholarship applied to teaching or public engagement. The award celebrates the accomplishments of the recipient and provides support through time and resources for the professor to focus on his/her work. Such work should bring further acclaim to the University and ultimately enhance the full breadth of the professor’s work.

For full details click here to see Appendix D in the Faculty Handbook.


Program Benefits:

  Supplemental Compensation
Reassigned Time
First Three Years
$8,000 per year
Second Three Years $4,000 per year 25%


Upon selection, the Regents Professor shall carry this title for the remainder of their tenure at NKU.


Application Process:

Those who intend to apply for a Regents Professorship should notify Jason Vest in the Office of Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at A Canvas shell will then be set up to submit application materials. The deadline for submission of all materials is Friday, February 21, 2020. The materials should include:

  1. A letter of nomination

  2. A curriculum vitae

  3. A cover letter from the nominee that makes a prima facie case for his/her excellence in the areas of scholarly/creative work and/or public engagement, identifying examples of outstanding work

  4. A brief description of intended research/artistic work/civic engagement planned for the time period covered by the award

  5. A letter of support from an NKU colleague in the nominee’s academic area

  6. A letter certifying the nominee’s eligibility and support from the chair of the nominee’s department

  7. A letter of support from the dean attesting to the nominee’s stature as a scholar, scientist, artist, or public intellectual

  8. The name, address, and phone number of three external references. The references shall be scholars or community members who have significant standing in the nominee’s academic or public engagement area, who have had no affiliation with NKU, and who have not served as a formal mentor (i.e., former professor) to the nominee. The Provost will have the responsibility for requesting the reference letters.

Supporting materials documenting the nominee’s work may include samples of artistic presentations, books, articles, critical reviews, evidence of civic accomplishments and/or successful grant activity, etc. The application materials should demonstrate that the nominee has had a significant positive impact on the lives of students. The materials may also include information on teaching effectiveness and service.


Selection Process:

The call for nominations will be sent and a selection will be announced in the fall of 2019. The award will be effective starting in the fall of 2020. The provost will convene the selection committee with the following members (in accordance with the Faculty Handbook):

  • Faculty Senate representative
  • Council of Chairs representative
  • Deans Council representative
  • A “Distinguished Scholar” from another university
  • A faculty member from each NKU college (at least one current Regents Professor)

The committee will elect a chair person and will be charged to submit an unranked list of recommendations to the provost regarding proposed recipient(s) of the award. The provost will meet with the committee to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of all recommendations. The provost will then forward all names recommended by the committee along with her recommendation to the president who will then forward his recommendation to the Board of Regents.