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C. M. Hutchinson Family Endowed Professorship for Outstanding Scholarship

Endowed professorships derive from donated funds in the amount of $60,000 designated for support of faculty scholarship and research, to which the State of Louisiana has added matching funds of $40,000 to create a total endowment of $100,000 under the Board of Regents "Eminent Scholars Program." As the name of the program emphasizes, this is a program 1) focused on scholarship and research and 2) requiring substantive eminence. As a result, it does not support non-scholarly activities, it is not intended as a benefit that necessarily circulates by turn, nor will chairs necessarily be filled when vacant, should the pool of applicants be inadequate for the intended purposes of the endowments.

Awards are normally made for a period of two academic years. Applicants must have a demonstrated record of scholarship, including publications, to be eligible and should provide well-developed plans for continuing or new areas of inquiry they wish to pursue while occupying the chairs. It is assumed that the product of the incumbents' work in the chairs will result in publication.

To support scholarship and research, the successful applicant will receive a grant-in-aid, which shall be determined by the amount of income available from the endowment in a given year and may not exceed $3,000 per year. Grant monies must be approved by the Provost and Dean of the College and may be used in a variety of ways, including but not limited to the purchase of equipment, travel to research facilities or conferences, or the funding of release time.

Grant funds shall be allocated at the beginning of the fiscal year through a designated organizational budget and administered under relevant college policies, with all reimbursements supported by original receipts submitted to the Office of the Provost..

The deadline for application is November 15 in the fall of the year preceding the start of the professorship. Interested professors shall submit a research plan that outlines what they hope to accomplish during the tenure of their professorship, whether their work will lead to publication and how they wish to make use of the funds (released time or reimbursement for research costs). Untenured and tenured faculty in any discipline are eligible; however, these professorships are not available to incumbents in Endowed Chairs. The Faculty Development Committee will evaluate the applications and make a recommendation to the provost.

Under a resolution adopted by the Faculty Development Committee, acceptance of the award of a professorship assumes that in the post-professorship year incumbents will 1) present a lecture to the academic community on a topic related to the research they have conducted and 2) submit a report to the committee and the Provost outlining their accomplishments and the impact of the award on their future research. 3) Each successful candidate will also present to the Provost's Office a paragraph outlining the project and a link to his or her c.v. for use on the Endowed Professorship web page (a requirement from the Board of Regents).

Last updated January 16, 2008.