Award of Distinguished Professor

Award of Distinguished Professor

SUMMARY

The Award of Distinguished Professor Policy defines the process and standards for the award of the title of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor. The Procedure outlines outlines the roles, responsibilities and timelines associated with the award, with further information provided within Appendix A – Selection Criteria.

POLICY

PurposeTo define the process and standards for the award of the title of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor.

Overview

Macquarie University values excellence in scholarship. To reflect this commitment to all aspects of scholarship, the award of the Macquarie University Distinguished Professor title has been established.

The title Macquarie University Distinguished Professor is awarded to eminent Professors of Macquarie University who are of exceptional distinction and who have made an outstanding contribution to their field or discipline and to Macquarie University.
ScopeAll Professors of Macquarie University may be considered for award of the title of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor.
Policy

The award is a title of high honour and not routinely awarded.

Award of the title of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor will be on the basis of merit as assessed against the selection criteria (see Appendix A).

The title to be awarded will be Macquarie University Distinguished Professor.

A salary supplement may be considered for each person awarded the title of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor.

There is no limit to the number of Distinguished Professors, but it is expected that only a few highly exceptional applicants will be awarded the title each year.

The University reserves the right not to make an award or to withdraw an award.

The Macquarie University Distinguished Professor title is awarded for five years or until the retirement or resignation of the staff member, whichever is the earlier. This title may be awarded for consecutive periods.  

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

The University will adhere to its principles of equality of opportunity, fairness and social inclusion and its Staff Code of Conduct in awarding the Title.

EFFECTIVE DATE

An award will be effective from the date of the formal presentation of the certificate.

SELECTION CRITERIA (see Appendix A)
Nominees must have demonstrated continuing achievement in the three elements of academic endeavour: teaching, research, and community engagement.

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR COMMITTEE
The Vice-Chancellor (VC) will establish a Distinguished Professor Committee for assessing nominations. The Committee will use the selection criteria (see Appendix A) as the basis for their recommendation. The Committee will submit their recommendations to the VC who will seek approval from Council. The decision of Council will be final.

MANAGEMENT
The Director, Human Resources, will ensure the nominations process is managed efficiently and effectively.

COMPLIANCE AND BREACHES
The University may commence applicable disciplinary procedures if a person to whom this policy applies breaches this policy (or any of its related procedures).

Policy Information

Contact OfficerDirector, Human Resources
Date Approved21 February 2013
Approval AuthorityCouncil
Date of Commencement21 February 2013
Amendment Historyn/a
Date for Next ReviewFebruary 2016
Related DocumentsAward of Distinguished Professor Procedure
Award of Distinguished Professor Nomination Form
Staff Code of Conduct
Policies / Rules Superseded by this PolicyAward of Distinguished Professor approved 25 February 2009
KeywordsScholarship, Distinguished Professor

PROCEDURE

Purpose

To outline the roles, responsibilities and timelines associated with the award of the title of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor.

Procedure

This procedure requires actions by the following: The steps and/or actions that must be undertaken include:
  • Commence nomination cycle
  • Publish timeline, process and committee details
  • Prepare nomination
  • Conduct nomination process
  • Consider recommendations
  • Advise Executive Dean of outcome
  • Arrange presentations

Vice-Chancellor

COMMENCE NOMINATION CYCLE

On a yearly basis, and following the completion of the Performance Development and Review (PDR) cycle, call for nominations for the award of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor from the Executive Deans/Deans.

Establish a Distinguished Professor Committee.  Membership will consist of:
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Provost) or their nominee
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) or their nominee
  • Chair, Academic Senate or their nominee

Only one nominee may be represented on the Committee at any one time.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Social Inclusion) will be in attendance.

Appoint members with full regard to the principles of equal opportunity.

CONSIDER RECOMMENDATIONS
Consider and, where appropriate, support the recommendations of the Distinguished Professor Committee.

Forward the list of supported nominees, together with the report from Distinguished Professor Committee, to Council for approval.

Director, Human Resources

PUBLISH TIMELINE, PROCESS AND COMMITTEE DETAILSCommence the nomination cycle for the year by advising the Executive Deans/Deans of:
  • the closing date for nominations
  • membership of the Distinguished Professor Committee.

CONDUCT NOMINATION PROCESSCo-ordinate, support and manage the nomination process.

Provide nomination documentation received from the Executive Dean/Dean to each Distinguished Professor Committee member.

Assign a Human Resources (HR) officer to undertake all administrative support for the Committee including drafting reports.

ADVISE EXECUTIVE DEAN OF OUTCOME
Notify each Executive Dean/Dean of the outcome of their nomination(s).

In conjunction with the Vice-Chancellor’s office determine a format and date for presentation of the award of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor.

Arrange for the necessary payroll and directory information to be updated for all successful nominations.

Executive Dean / Dean

PREPARE NOMINATION
Where appropriate, submit five (5) copies of the nomination with the following supporting information:

Distinguished Professor Committee

CONSIDER NOMINATIONS
Review and consider all nominations in the current round against the selection criteria and Policy.

Determine if additional information is required, and if so, request that it be provided.

Following a review of all information, make an assessment as to whether each nominee meets the selection criteria.

Write a report with recommendations for the Vice-Chancellor (VC) on all nominees. Recommendations will be one of the following:
  • award Macquarie University Distinguished Professor title
  • do not award Macquarie University Distinguished Professor title.
The report for the VC must include:
  • for supported nominees being recommended through to Council, a brief statement of the reason for the recommendation
  • for unsuccessful nominees not being recommended through to Council, the main reason(s) for the determination.

Council

CONSIDER RECOMMENDATIONS
Consider the recommendation(s) from the VC for the award of the title of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor. Determine which to support. Advise the Vice-Chancellor of the decision.

Notify each successful nominee.

Procedure Information

Contact OfficerDirector, Human Resources
Date Approved17 January 2013
Approval AuthorityDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Date of Commencement21 February 2013
Amendment Historyn/a
Date for Next ReviewFebruary 2016
Related DocumentsAward of Distinguished Professor Nomination Form
Award of Distinguished Professor Policy
KeywordsNomination, Distinguished Professor

Appendix A - Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

To be eligible for consideration as a Distinguished Professor, the person must hold the title ‘Professor’ of Macquarie University. The expectation is that the person would be in the top 1% of their field and continuing to demonstrate excellence. A nominee’s whole of career will be considered although special attention will be paid to the nominee’s achievements relative to opportunity at Macquarie University within the past five years, together with opportunities for future contributions to the University.

A nominee’s performance will be considered against the following set of criteria:

  • An international reputation for outstanding research and scholarship as exemplified by sustained high level achievement in scholarly publications, performances, creative works, citations (expected to be in top 1% of field for citations), invitations to give keynote addresses, success in obtaining research grants, election to learned academies, honorary degrees, awards & prizes. Evidence that may be presented to support this would include:
    • being a recipient of
      • a prestigious Fellowship from one of the Australian academies (such as the Academy of Science)
      • a Federation or Laureate Fellowship
      • an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship or equivalent NHMRC Fellowship
    • being a winner of a prestigious award (eg Nobel Prize, Eureka Prize, Australian Prize, Prime Minister’s Prize, Fields Medal, Abel Prize, Archibald Prize)
    • identification as a high citation researcher (eg  through the Thomson Citation Index).
  • Demonstrated evidence of successfully guiding the development of younger colleagues and postgraduate students through supervision, mentoring and collaboration and a track record of research degree completions.
  • Demonstrated research team leadership.
  • Professional peer recognition of significant achievements at a state, national and international level exemplified by leadership of learned societies and outstanding contributions to continuing education and peer review.
  • Outstanding learning and teaching achievements, including program and curriculum development, and teaching performance.  Evidence that may be presented to support this would include:
    • Demonstrated successful participation in the Teaching Index
    • Successful application for an Australian Award for University Teaching and/or a Vice-Chancellor’s Award
    • Demonstration of innovation in the scholarship of teaching and teaching delivery, student assessment and student learning outcomes
  • Outstanding performance in translating research outcomes for Australian or global benefit, including commercialisation of Intellectual Property, improvements to public policy, health and well-being, the environment, culture or other public good, resulting in direct and indirect economic benefit to the University.
  • Outstanding community engagement as evidenced by:
  • involvement in, and contribution to, the profession, discipline and professional societies or academies, extending beyond the University, which reflect favourably on the University and/or
  • service to the University as exemplified by active participation in major University or faculty committees, including the holding of offices of responsibility, and/or by having demonstrated high achievement in senior administrative and management roles at departmental, faculty, or university level.
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