Curators Distinguished Professor Selection Process

The University of Missouri Board of Curators requests nominations for Curators Distinguished Professorships and Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professorships. These professorships are our university's most prestigious academic appointments, and awardees receive a $15,000 annual stipend for as long as they hold the position. 

Successful candidates

Curators' Distinguished Professors are fully integrated in the academic department and their college or school. These scholars and teachers are a resource for the entire university and lecture at other UM universities, engage in teaching and research across academic divisions and serve as role models and mentors for other faculty.


After the initial deadline, a campus wide committee of distinguished or otherwise exceptional faculty and academy members will review and recommend candidates to the Provost and Chancellor. The Provost and Chancellor will submit recommendations to the University of Missouri System for final review before the Board considers candidates at its September meeting.



Nomination Packet Instructions and Timeline

Nominations should originate in the academic department and must be submitted to the Office of the Provost by March 1, 2023.  A nomination dossier should include:

1.  Every nomination will need a completed checklist attached to the nomination packet in addition to the documents mentioned.
Nomination Checklist

2.  Follow the Executive Summary Instructions (Instructions) to write an Executive Summary for each nomination.  Emeritus faculty member or department MUST prepare this document and send in word format in case Provost or Chancellor’s Office is required to make changes – please note required format.

3.  A complete curriculum vita with details supporting the case for appointment;

4.  A letter of support from the academic department;

5.  A letter of support from the appropriate dean; and

6.  A complete evaluation by prominent reviewers external to UM System. (This is addressed as the External Letters of Support on the Nomination Checklist)