University of Vermont

James Marsh Professors-at-Large Program

Nomination Process

Nomination Process

Professors-at-Large are nominated by individual faculty members, departments, or groups of departments. The process has two stages.

Pre-Proposal Letter

In the pre-proposal stage, the principle sponsor (or group of sponsors) supplies a letter to the Selection Committee noting the nominee’s qualifications and achievements, along with a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Nominees should be leaders in their own fields and professions. The selection committee seeks evidence of broad intellectual appeal across disciplines and fields of study, particularly for undergraduates. The committee will also consider the appeal the nominee has for the widest possible audience of both students and faculty. Nomination letters should mention other departments, faculty, or programs in addition to the primary sponsors that have agreed to support the nomination or might reasonably be expected to do so.

Pre-Proposal letters are due no later than March 1, 2013. The Selection Committee will review the letters by April 15, 2013, and will invite selected sponsors to furnish a full proposal.

Full Proposal

At the full proposal stage, the sponsoring letter should be expanded and strengthened. The letter should be accompanied by additional letters of support in which faculty members from diverse disciplines express their support for the nomination. The full package is due in the President’s Office on April 26, 2013.

The Selection Committee reviews submitted nominations based on two main criteria:

  1. the quality of the nominator’s intellectual and cultural contributions and
  2. the nominee’s capacity to make some of those contributions accessible to non-specialists.

Whenever possible, the Committee seeks to achieve broad representation across the academic disciplines.

After careful review, the Committee forwards its recommendations for appointment to the University President. The President will review the recommendations and make the final decision. The term of appointment for nominees approved in the spring will begin July 1. Nominators will be expected to participate as faculty sponsors during the course of the appointment.

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will consist of no fewer than ten members of the faculty and, ex officio, the chief academic and chief research officers of the University (the Senior Vice President and Provost and the Vice President for Research). Broadly representative of the physical and life sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts, the Committee will be appointed by the University President from lists of nominees provided by the Deans. Faculty members will serve staggered five-year terms, with new members appointed each year.

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