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Appointment of James Cook University Distinguished Professorships Procedure
This procedure establishes the process for appointing a James Cook University Distinguished Professor.
This procedure applies to nominations for appointment as a James Cook University Distinguished Professor.
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.
A James Cook University Distinguished Professorship is an award bestowed upon Professors who have made an exceptional scholarly contribution to their discipline. A candidate must meet the eligibility criteria for appointment as set out in the Appointment of James Cook University Distinguished Professorships Policy to be awarded the title of James Cook University Distinguished Professor.
All appointments to James Cook University Distinguished Professorships will follow the procedure outlined below.
Members of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee shall 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 will ensure strict confidentiality in relation to the appointment procedure.
A member of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, at their discretion, may recommend a Professor of exceptional distinction be accorded the title of James Cook University Distinguished Professor.
The nominating member will forward their recommendation and proposal to the Provost for consideration, endorsement and, if appropriate, submission to the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee.
The Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee shall determine whether the candidate is eligible for a James Cook University Distinguished Professorship, as outlined in the James Cook University Distinguished Professorship Policy. The Committee is able to request any relevant information it requires concerning the candidate in order to make its determination. If the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee believes that the eligibility criteria have been satisfied, the Committee will advise the Vice Chancellor that it supports the recommendation.
The Vice Chancellor will consider the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee advice and, subject to the Vice Chancellor’s endorsement, will request the Awards and Ceremonies Committee to consider the nomination.
If the Awards and Ceremonies 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 Awards and Ceremonies 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.
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.
The member of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee who made the nomination will be informed of the outcome of the proposal.
If Council resolves to grant the title of James Cook University Distinguished Professor a formal letter of offer will be made to the recipient by the Vice Chancellor.
If a nomination is not endorsed, the Provost’s Office will inform the nominator if it fails at Stage 1 and the Secretariat if it fails at Stages 2 to 4.
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Date for next review
|18-1||30/04/2018||Changes made to reflect headline restructure 30/04/2018.||Quality, Standards and Policy|
Procedure removed from the associated policy and updated to reflect restructure of Council Committees; Policy sponsor and approval authority updated.
Distinguished Professorship; Appointment Procedure