Appointment of James Cook University Distinguished Professorships

Policy HR & Staff Development Appointment of James Cook University Distinguished Professorships

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Intent

To specify the criteria for appointment, and appointment procedure, for the title of James Cook University Distinguished Professorship.

Scope

All potential candidates for the title of James Cook University Distinguished Professorship.  This does not include Adjunct appointments.

Definitions

James Cook University Distinguished Professorship - a highly prestigious title which is accorded to Professors who have made an exceptional contribution to their field or discipline.

Policy and Procedures

Purpose

The James Cook University Distinguished Professorship is a highly distinguished title, which is accorded to eminent Professors of exceptional distinction who have made an exceptional contribution to their field or discipline.

Criteria for Appointment

Eligibility for appointment to a James Cook University Distinguished Professorship will be considered with reference to some or all of the following criteria:

1. An international reputation for exceptional research and scholarship as exemplified by a demonstration of sustained high level achievement of scholarly publications, performances, creative works, citations, invitations to give keynote addresses, success in obtaining research grants, election to learned academics, honorary degrees, awards & prizes. Evidence that may be presented in support of this can include:

  • publication of books and monographs through publishing houses of high national/international reputation;

  • publication of the results of original research and other scholarly endeavours in refereed journals of high international repute;

  • publication of the results of original research and other scholarly endeavours in conference proceedings that are subject to peer review and published through publishing houses of high national/international reputation;

  • publication of reports commissioned by government agencies and international organizations;

  • successful application for patents and licences based on original research and development;

  • original designs and executed structures or instruments which result in high professional standing;

  • experience in leading successful research teams;

  • ability to attract funds from external peer adjudicated grants agencies;

  • demonstrated record of editorial leadership in the dissemination of knowledge;

  • ability to attract funds for contract research from government agencies, industry and commerce;

  • record of achievement in the transfer and application of the results of research and development to industry and commerce, the professions and wider community;

  • leadership in the generation of collaborative research and development programs with other institutions including universities, government agencies, industry and commerce;

  • publication of advanced textbooks in the candidate's field of expertise through publishing houses of high national/international repute;

  • reports on high-level consultancies carried out for industrial and commercial firms.

2. Professional peer recognition of significant achievements at a state, national and international level exemplified by leadership of learned societies and exceptional contributions to continuing education and peer review. Evidence presented in support of this may include:

  • high category of membership of professional societies and associations;

  • leadership in professional societies and associations as demonstrated by the holding of executive office;

  • membership of nationally and internationally recognized honorific societies;

  • membership of government advisory bodies, committees of inquiry and boards of management;

  • membership of international delegations in the candidate's area of expertise;

  • invitations to serve as a referee or adjudicator by major national and competitive grant awarding or award-granting schemes or organizations;

  • invitations to serve as external examiner in other higher education institutions;

  • invitations to speak at major international conferences;

  • invitations to serve as visiting Professor in other higher education institutions or as visiting academic in government departments and agencies;

  • invitations to edit special issue journals, books;

  • opinion sought by other institutions for their research;

  • chair of a major (international) conference;

  • invitation to serve as external member on high level selection committees;

  • appointments to international journal editorial board

3. Demonstrated evidence that the candidate has successfully guided the development of younger colleagues and postgraduate students through supervision, mentoring, monitoring and collaboration.

4. Demonstrated research team leadership - fostering the research of other groups and individuals in the college/department and related disciplines.

5. Involvement in, and contribution to, activities extending beyond the University, particularly those relating to the candidate's profession or discipline, which reflect favourably on the University; an ability to liaise and communicate effectively with members of the community, and where appropriate, professional and industry bodies in relation to research.

Conditions of Appointment

A James Cook University Distinguished Professorship is a five yearly renewable award. It will lapse immediately on the retirement or resignation of the occupant.

There is no limit on the number of James Cook University Distinguished Professorships which the University may appoint, but the number awarded will reflect the fact that this is a highly prestigious title.

Recipients of the James Cook University Distinguished Professorship will receive a medal.

Appointment procedure

A James Cook University Distinguished Professorship is an award bestowed upon Professors who have made an exceptional scholarly contribution to their discipline. To be awarded the title of James Cook University Distinguished Professor, a candidate must have met the eligibility criteria for appointment as set out above.

The procedure outlined below should be utilised for all appointments to James Cook University Distinguished Professorships.

Members of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee should be fully confident of the worth of the candidates before making a recommendation in accordance with Stage 1. Members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Committee and the Committee as a whole are to ensure strict confidentiality in relation to the appointment procedure.

Stage 1

A member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, at their discretion, may recommend that a person of exceptional distinction be accorded the title of James Cook University Distinguished Professor.

That recommendation and proposal will initially be forwarded by the member nominating, to the Professores Emeriti Advisory Committee for consideration.

Stage 2

The Professores Emeriti Advisory Committee shall verify whether the candidate meets the eligibility criteria for a James Cook University Distinguished Professorship. The committee is able to request whatever relevant information it requires concerning the candidate in order to make its determination. If the Professores Emeriti Advisory Committee believes that the eligibility criteria have been satisfied, the committee will advise the Vice-Chancellor that it supports the recommendation.

Stage 3

If the Professores Emeriti Advisory Committee has confirmed its support of the application, the Vice-Chancellor will request the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Committee to consider the recommendation made by the Professores Emeriti Advisory Committee.

If the Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Committee endorses the recommendation, the University Secretary will write to the candidate advising the candidate that their nomination for an award for the James Cook University Distinguished Professorship has been endorsed by the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Committee and seeking their acceptance of the nomination. Upon receipt of the candidate’s acceptance of the nomination, the University Secretary will forward the candidate’s name to Council with a recommendation for appointment as a James Cook University Distinguished Professor.

Stage 4

The Council will consider the recommendation for appointment and advise the Vice-Chancellor of its decision, which in turn will be conveyed to the candidate.

Approval Details

Policy sponsor:

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources

Approval authority:

Human Resources Committee

Version no:

17-1

Date for next review:

31/12/2017

Modification History

Version no.

Approval date

Implementation date

Details

Author

17-1

08/12/2017

08/12/2017

Minor amendment to reflect current organisational structure

Quality, Standards and Policy

16-1

22/12/2016

22/12/2016

Policy review date extended to 31/12/17 on request by Deputy Director HR. Approved by DVC Services and Resources.

 

10-1

01/06/2010

02/06/2010

  

09-1

14/07/2009

15/07/2009

 

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