Award of Distinguished Professor

Award of Distinguished Professor

SUMMARY

The Award of Distinguished Professor Policy established the principles and standards for the award of the title of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor. The Procedure sets out the roles and responsibilities across three stages, namely 'Nomination', 'Review and Approval', 'Notification and Award', with further information provided within the Distinguished Professor Criteria Schedule.

POLICY

1     PURPOSE

To establish the principles and standards for the award of the title of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor.

2     BACKGROUND

Macquarie University values excellence in scholarship and recognises the contributions of individual academic staff to its academic mission. The award of the title of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor enables recognition and reward for sustained academic excellence at Macquarie University.

3     SCOPE

All Professors of Macquarie University may be considered for the award of the title of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor.

4     DEFINITIONS

Commonly defined terms are located in the University Glossary.

5     POLICY STATEMENT

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.

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

Candidature for the Distinguished Professor award will arise through nomination from Executive Deans, not self-nomination, although a nominee's agreement that their nomination can go forward will be required.

To be eligible for consideration, a nominee must hold the title ‘Professor’ at Macquarie University. The expectation is that the person would be in the top 1% of their field and continuing to demonstrate excellence.

The title is awarded based on merit as assessed against the Distinguished Professor Criteria Schedule.

Nominations will be considered by the Distinguished Professor Committee. The Committee membership will be as follows:

  • Vice-Chancellor – Chair
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Registrar
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Chair of Academic Senate
  • Director, Human Resources

The Vice-Chancellor has the authority to approve the award of the title of Distinguished Professor.

The title is awarded for five years or until the retirement or resignation of the staff member, whichever is the earlier. The title may be awarded for consecutive periods. Re-nomination for a consecutive period will be treated as a new nomination.

A salary supplement or research grant is offered to each person awarded the title.

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

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

The nomination and award process will be in accordance with the Award of Distinguished Professor Procedure.

6     KEY RELATED DOCUMENTS

Supporting Award of Distinguished Professor documents on this page (see Tabs above):
Award of Distinguished Professor Procedure
Distinguished Professor Criteria Schedule

Other related documents: 
Award of Distinguished Professor Nomination Form

Staff Code of Conduct

7     NOTES

7.1

Contact Officer

Executive Officer to the Director, Human Resources

7.2

Implementation Officer

Executive Officer to the Director, Human Resources

7.3

Approval Authority

Director, Human Resources

7.4

Date Approved

28 June 2017

7.5

Date of Commencement

3 July 2017

7.6

Date for Review

June 2020

7.7

Documents Superseded by this Policy

Award of Distinguished Professor Policy approved 21 February 2013

7.8

Amendment History

Nil

PROCEDURE

1     PURPOSE

To set out the procedure for the award of the title of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor.

2     SCOPE

This Procedure applies to Macquarie University staff.

3     DEFINITIONS

Commonly defined terms are located in the University Glossary.

4     PROCEDURE

Print version of Award of Distinguished Professor Procedure Flowchart

If you have difficulty accessing this document please contact the Policy Unit policy@mq.edu.au or 9850 4791.

5     KEY RELATED DOCUMENTS

Supporting Award of Distinguished Professor documents on this page (see Tabs above):
Award of Distinguished Professor Policy
Distinguished Professor Criteria Schedule

Other related documents:

Award of Distinguished Professor Nomination Form

Staff Code of Conduct

6     NOTES

6.1

Contact Officer

Executive Officer to Director, Human Resources

6.2

Implementation Officer

Executive Officer to Director, Human Resources

6.3

Approval Authority

Director, Human Resources

6.4

Date Approved

28 June 2017

6.5

Date of Commencement

3 July 2017

6.6

Date for Review

June 2020

6.7

Documents Superseded by this Procedure

Award of Distinguished Professor Procedure approved 17 January 2013

6.8

Amendment History

Nil

CRITERIA SCHEDULE

Distinguished Professor Criteria Schedule

1     PURPOSE

To specify criteria for the award of the title of Macquarie University Distinguished Professor.

2     CRITERIA SCHEDULE

To be eligible for consideration as a Distinguished Professor, the person must hold the title ‘Professor’ at 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, however special attention will be given 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:

a)    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 and 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 (e.g. Nobel Prize, Eureka Prize, Australian Prize, Prime Minister’s Prize, Fields Medal, Abel Prize, Archibald Prize)
  • identification as a high citation researcher (e.g. through the Thomson Citation Index).

b)   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.

c)    Demonstrated research team leadership.

d)   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.

e)    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.

f)     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.

3     NOTES

3.1

Contact Officer

Executive Officer to Director, Human Resources

3.2

Implementation Officer

Executive Officer to Director, Human Resources

3.3

Approval Authority

Director, Human Resources

3.4

Date Approved

28 June 2017

3.5

Date of Commencement

3 July 2017

3.6

Date for Review

June 2020

3.7

Documents Superseded by this Schedule

Award of Distinguished Professor Appendix A – Selection Criteria

3.8

Amendment History

Nil

3.9

Policy Authorisation

Award of Distinguished Professor Policy

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