a. Regents Distinguished Professorships
Since Fiscal Year 1964 the Kansas Legislature has appropriated funds to the Board of Regents for the employment of outstanding professors as Regents Distinguished Professors. The purpose of the program is to attract to Kansas and to retain in Kansas established scholars whose research projects augment the State’s economic and industrial development. The following are the guidelines of the Board of Regents with reference to the selection and designation of Regents Distinguished Professors:
i. The Chair of the Kansas Board of Regents shall appoint a Subcommittee composed of three Board members which shall be responsible for making recommendations to the Board in all matters pertaining to the funding, appointment, evaluation and continuance of Regents Distinguished Professors.
ii. Nominations for the appointment of a Regents Distinguished Professor shall be preceded by the submission of a proposal by the chief executive officer of the host institution detailing:
(1) the area of academic specialization for the position
(2) the mode of financing the position;
(3) the institutional facilities and resources available to the incumbent of the position;
(4) the institutional facilities and resources needed for the position;
(5) the relationship of the position to the strengths and mission of the institution;
(6) a description of how the position avoids the duplication of Regents Distinguished Professorships at other state universities or, if the position duplicates such Professor¬ships, how the position will be integrated with the position(s) and research activities at collaborating state universities;
(7) the contribution of the position to the economic development of Kansas;
(8) the academic department or other unit to which the position will be assigned.
Final Board approval of the proposal shall be contingent upon convincing arguments and evidence on points a.ii.(1-8) provided by the proposing institution.
iii. Nominations for the appointment of a Regents Distinguished Professor may be made by the Chancellor and the Presidents. A university chief executive officer may submit a nominee for appointment to a Regents Distinguished Professorship once the position has been approved by the Board. The following precepts shall guide the Board in its appointment of Regents Distinguished Professors.
(1) The Regents Distinguished Professor shall be a recognized leader in his or her field.
(2) In the selection of Regents Distinguished Professors, emphasis should be placed on the capabilities that will enhance the economic and industrial development of the State. Regents Distinguished Professors should inform public policy and enhance the attractiveness of the State through their professional, social and cultural contributions.
(3) The nomination dossier shall be circulated to each Board member and to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Board.
(4) The recommendation for the appointment of a nominee to a Regents Distinguished Professorship shall be made to the entire Board by the Subcommittee on Regents Distinguished Professors.
iv. The Regents Distinguished Professor designation is appended to a regular faculty line within the institution. The vacant position and the Regents Distinguished Professor allocation shall determine the salary of the Regents Distinguished Professor. Allocation of funds for Regents Distinguished Professors shall be limited to an amount appropriated by the Legislature for each professorship recommended by the Board Subcommittee on Regents Distinguished Professors and authorized by the Board of Regents.
v. Tenure for a Regents Distinguished Professor is determined in the same manner as tenure for regular faculty and confers the same privileges. Tenure, if granted, is in the university and the designation of Regents Distinguished Professor is a temporary supplement to the normal academic rank. Board designation as Regents Distinguished Professor and the stipend appended to it are subject to review and reaffirmation by the Board of Regents under the terms of this policy.
vi. Each state university shall undertake a comprehensive performance evaluation in October of the fifth year of the Regents Distinguished Professor designation and every succeeding fifth year of the designation. The university’s evaluation may include commentary on the professor’s academic work provided by peer evaluators selected by the institution and comprised of educators in the professor’s field who are not connected with the Kansas Regents system. The university’s chief executive officer shall submit to the Subcommittee a report on this evaluation that includes evidence of contributions to the State’s economic development, including sponsorship of research activity.
The professor shall be allowed to submit any information not included in the reports submitted by the chief executive officer to the Subcommittee for consideration.
vii. The Board Subcommittee shall review the available reports, evaluations and any other materials submitted by the professor. The evaluation shall include a review of the professor's professional activities and evidence of contributions to Kansas economic development. Evidence of effective performance shall include, but not be limited to, public or private sponsorship of research activity.
The Subcommittee shall recommend continuance or discontinu¬ance of the Regents Distinguished Professor designation and stipend to the Board of Regents at the December Board meeting. If continuation is not approved by the Board, the designation and stipend shall be withdrawn effective December 31 of the following calendar year.
viii. The Regents Distinguished Professor designation is limited to full-time positions. In the event an individual holding a Regents Distinguished Professor designation changes to a less than a full-time position, the designation and the associated stipend end.
ix. When an appointment to a Regents Distinguished Professorship and its related stipend are terminated through action of the Board, the institution or the professor, the institution should initiate a proposal to the Board of Regents justifying the continuation or change in the area of academic specialization for the Regents Distinguished Professor's position.
b. Regents Distinguished Research Scholar
Each state university, subject to Board approval, may appoint up to three (3) Regents Distinguished Research Scholars, to be supported out of university resources. The purpose of this designation is to: (a) help attract established scholars whose research will contribute to Kansas’ intellectual, cultural, economic and/or industrial development; and (b) honor university faculty whose work likewise makes a significant contribution to the intellectual, cultural, economic and/or industrial development of the State of Kansas.
i. The Chair of the Kansas Board of Regents shall appoint a Subcommittee composed of at least three Board members which shall be responsible for making recommendations to the Board in all matters pertaining to the appointment, evaluation and continuance of Regents Distinguished Research Scholars.
ii. Universities may nominate an individual at any time by providing a letter of nomination describing: (1) the candidate’s area of expertise; (2) the mode of financing the position; (3) the academic unit to which the individual will be assigned; and (4) the contributions the individual’s work makes to the intellectual, cultural, economic and/or industrial development of Kansas.
iii. Nominations for appointment of the Regents Distinguished Research Scholar may be made by the Chancellor and the Presidents.
iv. The designation shall be granted by the Board for a period of five years. Consideration of renewal of the title for a second five-year period shall be acted on by the Board upon recommendation of the President or Chancellor, and the Board Academic Affairs Standing Committee. After a period of ten years, the Regents Distinguished Research Scholar designation shall be renewed at the discretion of the President or Chancellor of the institution.
v. Each state university shall report on any change in status of any Regent Distinguished Research Scholar to the Board Office as soon as possible.
vi. The Kansas Board of Regents staff shall monitor the status of all Regents Distinguished Research Scholars approved at state universities and report to the Board as requested.
c. The Kansas Partnership for Faculty of Distinction Program
The Kansas Partnership for Faculty of Distinction Program is established to encourage major gifts by private donors to enhance the ability of eligible educational institutions to attract and retain faculty of distinction. The Board of Regents shall administer the program in accordance with statutes and in a manner that optimizes the benefits to the institutions from private monies committed to this program. The State will contribute income earnings equivalent awards, as defined in statutes, to supplement endowed professorships or faculty positions at eligible educational institutions for which qualifying endowment associations have received gifts. The Board President and Chief Executive Officer shall establish procedures to manage the program in accordance with this policy and statutory provisions. (See the FISCAL MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Section – The Kansas Partnership for Faculty of Distinction Program)