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First Tennessee University Professorships

The First Tennessee Foundation established the First Tennessee University Professorships Program to help the University retain its best and brightest faculty and to advance the University's goal to become a first-rate urban research university.

Eligibility and Terms

  • Full professors with ten (10) years of service at The University of Memphis are eligible for the program. Associate professors with five (5) years of service at the University are eligible for the program.

  • Selection will be based upon the quality of the faculty member's teaching, research and service/outreach, with priority given to faculty contributing in all three areas

  • Professorships will hold the positions for three (3) years.

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).

Be sure and visit the College of Arts and Sciences Accolades Website for other award information.