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Regents' Professor and Lecturers Program

The Regents of the University of California have established the Regents’ Professors and Lecturers Program (RPLP), which permits the appointment, on a visiting basis, of distinguished leaders from non-academic fields to enrich our instructional program and increase students' exposure to a diverse range of successful professionals, artists and others.

A Regents’ Professor serves for one quarter and is normally assigned responsibility for the instruction of one or more courses at the discretion of the department chair. Regents’ Lecturers are expected to be available for participation in the instructional activities of the sponsoring department and other interested academic units and for informal consultations with students and faculty. Since teaching and student contact are essential under this program, Regents’ Lecturer appointments are to be scheduled during the instructional period when students may enjoy the maximum benefit of these appointments. At the invitation of the responsible instructors, Regents’ Lecturers may address regular class sessions. Each Regents’ Lecturer and Regents’ Professor normally gives one public lecture.

The compensation rate for a Regents’ Professor will be $43,633 per quarter. Because of budget limitations, generally only one Regents’ Professor will be appointed. On request, Regents’ Professor nominees may also be considered in the Regents’ Lecturer category. The term of service for a Regents’ Lecturer may not exceed two weeks with a compensation rate of approximately $3,750 per week. Round-trip economy airfare may be requested for appointees in either category.

Each school, college, or officially designated division within a school or college may submit as many as five nominations. Nominations by an organized research unit must be co-sponsored by an academic department. Academic units should contact potential nominees in advance to assure their availability. A nomination should include information on professional achievements, employment history, awards and honors, publications and/or creative work. In addition, it should indicate specifically what the nominee’s teaching activities and student contact will be and how the nominating academic unit will benefit from the appointment. Because of the competitive nature of this program, a full presentation of the nominees’ credentials is essential. If airfare is requested, an estimate of the travel cost should be indicated. The academic quarter proposed for residence should be noted in the letter of nomination.

A Department Chair forwards nominations to the Dean with comments. The Dean then forwards the nominations to the Chancellor’s Office - Faculty Diversity, 3134 Murphy Hall, with an overall priority listing and comments.

A faculty committee is appointed to review the nominations and to make recommendations to the Chancellor. Please note that Regents’ Lecturer appointments are subject to Chancellor’s approval while Regents’ Professor appointments require the approval of the Board of Regents.

Appointees to these titles are subject to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. It is necessary to establish the citizenship status of a nominee before a financial commitment is made and before the arrival of an appointee. The office submitting a nomination should review the current visa status of a candidate at the earliest possible date.

NOMINATION PROCESS

1. Department Chair to forward nominations to the Dean with comments.

Due February 10, 2014

2. Dean forwards nominations, with overall priority listing to the Diversity & Faculty Development, 3134 Murphy Hall.

Due March 10, 2014

3. Nominations of Regents’ Professors and Lecturers reviewed and sent to Chancellor for approval.

Week of March 17, 2014

4. Regents’ Lecturer appointments
are announced.

April 1, 2014

5. Regents’ Professor appointment(s)
approved by the Board of Regents.

May 13-15, 2014

LIST OF RECIPIENTS: 2013-2014

APPLICATION FORM: 2014-2015

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2014-2015