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Policy Distinguished Professor Procedure

Distinguished Professor Procedure


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Intent

This procedure establishes the process for the appointment of a James Cook University Distinguished Professor.

Scope

This procedure applies to all University Staff, including JCU Australia, JCU Singapore and JCU Brisbane, involved in the nomination and appointment of a James Cook University Distinguished Professor to eligible Professors of exceptional distinction who have made an exceptional scholarly contribution to their field or discipline.

Procedure

1. Appointment

The title of James Cook University Distinguished Professor is bestowed upon Professors of exceptional distinction who have made an exceptional scholarly contribution to their field or discipline. A candidate must meet the eligibility criteria for appointment as set out in the Distinguished Professor Policy to be awarded the title.

Nominations for the title of James Cook University Distinguished Professor will follow the procedure outlined below.

Stage 1

A member of the Vice Chancellor’s Committee (VCC) may nominate a Professor of exceptional distinction for the title of James Cook University Distinguished Professor.

Members of the VCC should be fully confident of the worth of the candidate before making a nomination. Members of VCC will ensure strict confidentiality in relation to the consideration of nominations.

The nominating member will forward a proposal which addresses the criteria outlined in the Distinguished Professor Policy to the University Executive (UE) for consideration.  If the UE endorses the nomination, it will be submitted to VCC for consideration. If the UE does not endorse the nomination, the nominator will be advised accordingly by a representative of UE.

Stage 2

VCC will determine whether the candidate meets the criteria to be appointed as a James Cook University Distinguished Professor, as outlined in the Distinguished Professor Policy. VCC is able to request any relevant information it requires concerning the candidate in order to make its determination. If VCC agrees that the eligibility criteria have been satisfied, the Committee will advise the Vice Chancellor that it supports the recommendation. If VCC does not support the nomination, the Secretariat will inform the nominator/s accordingly.

Stage 3

The Vice Chancellor will consider and make a decision on the recommendation for appointment, which in turn will be conveyed to the candidate.

If the Vice Chancellor approves the recommendation, the University Secretary (or nominee) will write to the candidate advising the candidate that their nomination for an award for the James Cook University Distinguished Professorship has been approved and seeking their acceptance of the nomination. If the Vice Chancellor does not approve the nomination, the nominators will be advised accordingly by the Secretariat.

If the nominee accepts the award of the title, the Vice Chancellor will formally notify the nominee in writing of the award and will circulate an announcement to University staff and report the appointment to the University Council.

2. Term of Appointment

2.1 Appointment:

Awardees of the title of James Cook University Distinguished Professor will hold the title until they retire or resign from the University.

2.2 Withdrawal:

If the title of a Distinguished Professorship is withdrawn, the Distinguished Professor will be notified in writing by the Vice Chancellor, and relevant sections of the University will be notified by the Secretariat.

Related policy instruments

Distinguished Professor Policy

Schedules/Appendices

Nil


Administration

NOTE: Printed copies of this policy are uncontrolled, and currency can only be assured at the time of printing.

Approval Details

Policy Domain

Corporate Governance

Policy Custodian

Vice Chancellor

Approval Authority

Vice Chancellor

Date for next Major Review

19/11/2025

Revision History

Version

Approval date

Implementation date

Details

Author

24-1NA11/03/2024Administrative amendment to replace reference to Vice Chancellor’s Academic Committee (VCAC) with Vice Chancellor’s Committee (VCC).Deputy University Secretary
22-121/10/202206/12/2022

Replace all reference to Provost as decision maker with University Executive, or Vice Chancellor and replace all reference to VCAC with the Vice Chancellor’s Academic Group VCAG.

Amendments made to Intent, Scope and Definitions (removed) to align with Policy and general policy document format.

Deputy University Secretary

20-1

19/11/2020

09/12/2020

Delegation of approval transferred from Awards and Ceremonies Committee and Council to the Vice Chancellor

Secretariat

19-1

17/05/2019

22/05/2019

Responsibility for making the formal offer to grant the title of Distinguished Professor amended from Vice Chancellor to Chancellor

Quality, Standards and Policy

18-1

 

30/04/2018

Changes made to reflect headline restructure 30/04/2018.

Quality, Standards and Policy

17-1

24/10/2017

30/01/2018

Procedure removed from the associated policy and updated to reflect restructure of Council Committees; Policy sponsor and approval authority updated.

Secretariat

Keywords

Distinguished Professorship; Appointment Procedure

Contact personDeputy University Secretary