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UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research

UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research

This Call is For: Unit Leaders

Submission Deadline: July 28, 2020


The award of Distinguished Professor/Curator acknowledges an exceptional record of achievement in the areas of teaching, research and publication, and professional and public service that is recognized both nationally and internationally. An exceptional record of achievement is one that places the candidate at the top of the discipline in at least one area with a record of significant distinction in the other two areas. National and international recognition are much more important than a variety of activities. The award of Distinguished Professor/Curator is a rare and special achievement.


Faculty who are tenured full Professors or Curators, including those who hold endowed professorships, are eligible for consideration. Faculty who are Eminent Scholars, Graduate Research Professors, or Distinguished Service Professors are not eligible.

Submission Process

Please note that the first step is to discuss the process with outstanding faculty candidates and determine if they will be willing to develop the promotion packet necessary for consideration. We are asking you to communicate names of faculty you intend to nominate to the UF/IFAS Research Dean's Office by August 14, 2020, with the packet and a two-page unit leader brief due by September 15, 2020. Please submit nominations/packets to

The candidate must complete, sign, and date her or his nomination packet to indicate the packet is complete before departmental or unit review and voting occurs. The application form is available to college-level OPT staff for downloading. Nominees must use the form provided in OPT. For additional information on the process and relevant forms, see the University’s “Guidelines and Information Regarding the Tenure, Permanent Status and Promotion Process for 2019-2020” (found at All nomination dossiers must be submitted via email to  by January 15, 2020. Please schedule college/unit meetings to ensure this deadline is met.

For More Information

Contact John Davis (Associate Dean for Research, or Linda Smith (Administrative Specialist,