University Professorships

Purpose

The University of Memphis employs a number of faculty members who have made significant contributions to its educational, research, outreach, and service missions and bring national and international recognition to the University and to our community. Their contributions are recognized in a number of university-level awards programs, including the Eminent Faculty Award, the Distinguished Research Award, the Outstanding Teaching Award, and other comparable types of recognition. These programs, however, do not reach as many of the University's eligible faculty as we would like. We have consequently developed a University Professorships program that augments out current awards program and will help us retain our best faculty. This program presently includes three Professorships. Click on the links below to see additional information on a specific professorship:

The Faudree University Professorships -- To donate, click here.
The Atkins University Professorships -- To donate, click here.
The First Tennessee University Professorships -- To donate, click here.
Previous Award Recipients

Process

  • Faculty members, department chairs, or other college administrators would nominate eligible recipients.
  • The Provost, with input from an advisory faculty group, would select the recipient(s) of a University Professorship subject to the approval of the President of the University.
  • Awardees would be allowed to use their allocations for salaries, travel, supplies, or other expenses in any proportion they choose, as long as the total sum does not exceed the annual award amount. The actual amount of the salary supplement and miscellaneous awards may vary slightly from year-to-year due to investment income results, but would usually be approximately $5,000 per year for full professors and $2,500 per year for associate professors. 
  • Continued salary increases would be computed on the awardee's base salary, less the value of the supplemental income related to the University Professorship. Upon relinquishing the University Professorship, the faculty member's salary would revert to his/her base, including any routine salary increases provided during the period of the award, but less the supplemental increase associated with the University Professorship. 

Faudree University Professorships

In consideration of Mr. and Mrs. Jabie Hardin's desire to demonstrate their regard and support for Dr. Ralph Faudree, former Provost of the University of Memphis, this program was established. 

  • Full and associate tenured professors with ten years of service at the University of Memphis are eligible for the program. Associate professors with five years of service at the University are eligible for the program.
  • Awardees would hold University Professorships for a maximum of three years.
  • Selection will be based upon the quality of the faculty member's teaching, research, and service/outreach, with a priority given to faculty contributing in all three areas.

To donate to the Faudree University Professorship, please click here.

Atkins University Professorships

In consideration of Mr. Olin Atkins's desire to support the Olin Atkins University Professorships program, a faculty rewards program designed to help the University retain its best and brightest faculty and to make an investment in the University's people. 

  • Full and associate tenured professors with ten years of service at the University of Memphis are eligible for the program.
  • Awardees would hold University Professorships for a maximum of three years and would be ineligible for re-consideration for a minimum of three years following expiration of initial awards.
  • Selection will be based upon the quality of the faculty member's teaching, research, and service, with a special emphasis on teaching skill.

To donate to the Atkins University Professorship, please click here.

First Tennessee University Professorships

In consideration of the desire of the First Tennessee Foundation to support a University professorships program, this program was established to promote the University's goals of academic quality, community connections, and expanded research capabilities by recognizing individual faculty members with financial rewards designed to help the University recruit and retain outstanding professors.

  • Full and associate tenured professors with ten years of service at the University of Memphis are eligible for the program.
  • Awardees would hold University Professorships for a maximum of three years and would be ineligible for re-consideration for a minimum of three years following expiration of initial awards.
  • Selection for professorship will recognize outstanding individual faculty contributions in teaching, scholarship, service, and community outreach. 

To donate to the First Tennessee University Professorship, please click here.

PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS

2017
First Tennessee: Eddie Jacobs, Electrical Engineering
Faudree: Joe Hayden, Journalism; Bob Hetherington, Theatre & Dance; Chrysanthe Preza, Electrical Engineering

2016
First Tennessee: Eddie Jacobs, Electrical Engineering
Faudree: Joe Hayden, Journalism; Bob Hetherington, Theatre & Dance; Chrysanthe Preza, Electrical Engineering

2015
First Tennessee: Ralph Faudree, Mathematical Sciences; Brian Janz, Management Information Systems; Carol Crown, Art; Robert Kozma, Mathematical Sciences
Faudree: Marla Stafford, Marketing Supply Chain; Gisele Goldstein, Mathematical Sciences; Santosh Kumar, Computer Science

2014
First Tennessee: Ralph Faudree, Mathematical Sciences; Brian Janz, Management Information Systems; Carol Crown, Art; Robert Kozma, Mathematical Sciences
Faudree: Marla Stafford, Marketing Supply Chain; Gisele Goldstein, Mathematical Sciences; Santosh Kumar, Computer Science

2013
This FY we were unable to offer any new Faudree, Atkins, or First Tennessee professorships.

2012
First Tennessee: Robert Kozma, Mathematical Sciences; Carol Crown, Art; Brian Janz, Management Information Systems
Faudree: Ralph Faudree, Provost

2011
First Tennessee: Marla Stafford, Marketing & Supply Management
Faudree: Gisele Goldstein, Mathematics; Santosh Kumar, Computer Science

2010
Faudree: Rick Bloomer, Health and Sport Sciences; Jonathan Judaken, History; Ken Ward, Public Health
Atkins: David Appleby, Communication

2009
First Tennessee: Deborah Lowther, ICL; Cary Holladay, English
Faudree: Pu-Qi Jiang, Music

2008
First Tennessee: David Allen, Management; Emin Babakus, Marketing Supply Management; Eugene Buder, AUDSLP; Theodore Burkey, Chemistry; Roy Van Arsdale, Earth Sciences
Faudree: Joan Schmelz, Physics

2007
First Tennessee: Albert Okunade, Economics
Faudree: Stanley Hyland, School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy; Anna Kaminska, Mathematics; Vivian Morris, Education
Atkins: Abby Parrill-Baker, Chemistry

2006
First Tennessee: David Evans, School of Music; Allison Graham, Communication
Faudree: Monika Nenon, Foreign Languages

2005
First Tennessee: Gloria Baxter, Theatre & Dance; Carl Halford, Electrical Engineering
Faudree: Don Franceschetti, Physics

2004
Faudree: Leonard Lawlor, Philosophy: Steven J. Ross, Communication; Steven M. Ross, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
Atkins: Janann Sherman, History