SoHE Endowed Faculty Appointments – Criteria and Process

Process and Criteria

Great institutions are home to the best minds, the most creative scholars and the most engaged teachers. One faculty member can inspire hundreds of people through the courses they teach, students they mentor, their scholarship endeavors and service through the Wisconsin idea.

Named Professorship and Chair Appointments provide recognition for distinguished contributions of the faculty and forms an enduring bond with the donor who honors the SoHE with their gift.

Faculty Fellowships are targeted funds that align with strategic initiatives.

Selection Criteria

The named faculty appointments are informed by these key elements:

  • Faculty tenure home in the School of Human Ecology
  • The strategic priorities of the School
  • The donor’s commitment to advancing SoHE strategic priorities, articulated through a Memoranda of Agreement
  • The support of the Dean and SoHE faculty

The faculty selection process (“Open” or “Dean nominated”) is a reflection of the shared expectations of faculty and the donor (see appendix attached).

The faculty persons selected should demonstrate and will be recognized for their excellence and national reputation within at least two of the three types of scholarship: (1) research/design scholarship; (2) outreach scholarship; and (3) teaching scholarship.

Selection Committee

The Dean appoints the members of the committee.  The Associate Dean (or Dean’s designee) is the (non-voting) chair of the selection committee.  The Committee consists of one current or emeritus professor from each of the four departments.  Additionally, two others from outside SoHE (e.g., board members, Extension, affiliated faculty) may be appointed who have the proper background for the specific professorship under consideration.

Selection Process for “Open” Endowed Faculty Appointments:

Step 1: Open Professorships Announcement

Vacant positions will be announced to the SoHE Faculty by the Selection Committee Chair.

 Step 2Faculty Packet Submission

Candidates submit packet to committee that includes:

  • An applicant statement

Endowed Faculty/Chair appointments:

No more than 4 pages describing their accomplishments in the criteria of the preferred professorship or chair including Indicators of quality of     scholarship (e.g. journal impact factors, citation rates, exhibition reviews, etc) with an emphasis on detailing future priorities and activities;

Faculty Fellowship appointments:

No more than 2 pages that address the specific expectations of the faculty fellowshi

  • A CV that clearly highlights those activities most relevant to the application;

Step 3Preliminary Review

The Committee will conduct a preliminary review of the nominations.

Endowed Faculty/Chair appointments:

Candidates who clearly demonstrate excellence will be asked for the names of three references, at least one outside of SoHE, who can be academic or community partners.

Faculty Fellowship appointments:

Candidates who clearly demonstrate excellence will be asked to provide letters of support as specified in faculty fellowship.

 Step 4:  References contacted – Endowed Faculty/Chair appointments only

The committee chair will contact the applicants’ named references and solicit letters of support.   Three letters are required for a compete packet

Step 5: Committee’s Final Review

The committee will conduct a second, and final review and rank the applicants for consideration by the SoHE Dean.

Step 6:  Dean Decision and Notification

The Dean will make a final decision and notify the recipient and the donor.

Step 7:  The Committee Chair’s Communication to non-recipient(s) of the final decision.

The committee chair will send a letter to each of the non-recipients of the final decision.

 Selection Process for “Dean-Nominated” Endowed Faculty Appointments

Funds for the Dean-nominated endowed faculty appointments may be used to support a new or existing position as directed by the Memorandum of Agreement between the donor and the UW Foundation/Dean.  Primary purposes of these funds are to recognize excellence, recruit and retain faculty members, and/or to supplement or fully fund a position that fulfills the mission of the School.

Step 1.  Dean’s Nomination

Dean’s office in consultation with department chair(s) will nominate an eligible candidate(s) for the Committee Review.   Associate Dean will communicate to each of the nominated candidates to submit his/her packet should he/she decides to accept the nomination.

Step 2.  Faculty Packet submission

Candidates submit packet to committee that includes:

  • An applicant statement

Endowed Faculty/Chair appointments:

No more than 4 pages describing their accomplishments in the criteria of the preferred professorship or chair including Indicators of quality of scholarship (e.g. journal impact factors, citation rates, exhibition reviews, etc) with an emphasis on detailing future priorities and activities;

Faculty Fellowship appointments:

No more than 2 pages that address the specific expectations of the faculty fellowship

  • A CV that clearly highlights those activities most relevant to the application;
  • References:

Endowed Faculty/Chair appointments:

Names of three references, including at least one outside of SoHE, who can be academic or community partners.

Faculty Fellowship appointments:

Provide letters of support as specified in faculty fellowship.

 Step 3: References contacted – Endowed Faculty/Chair appointments only

The committee chair will contact the applicants’ named references and solicit letters of support.   Three letters are required for a compete packet.

Step 4.  Committee Review

The Committee will review the nominated packet based on the criteria established by the MOA with the donor as well as the evaluation criteria established for chair or professorship appointment.

Step 5Committee Recommendation

The Committee will vote and recommend the Dean accordingly (It is recommended that at least 2/3rds of the committee vote in favor for the dean to confirm the appointment).

 

Step 6Dean Decision and Notification

The Dean will make a final decision and notify the recipient and the donor.

Post-Award Donor Stewardship

Stewardship is an important part of development — it conveys the importance of gifts and forms a connection between the donor, the School of Human Ecology, the faculty they choose to support and change they hope to inspire.  It is an essential responsibility of the recipient of a SoHE endowed chair or professorship to provide ongoing and meaningful stewardship, which requires partnership with the members of the SoHE Advancement and Communications team to ensure a good record of communication and seamless coordination.

Note: In addition to carrying a named title, all appointments will be provided faculty support, which may include one or more of the following compensations (e.g., a partial salary support of a 9-month contract, summer salaries, a temporary salary increase, graduate TA/PA’s, discretionary funds for projects or travel, or a course buyout).  The total amount of financial support will vary among the appointments, contingent upon the amount of funds available and the nature/scope of the Memorandum of Agreement with the donors, and each candidate’s career stage or his/her employment packet.  Detailed information for each of the appointments may be discussed with the Dean upon notification. All appointees are subject to a comprehensive review to be considered for renewal, when eligible.  

 Description of Endowed Faculty Appointments

 Appendix A. “Open” Professorship/Chair Appointments

A1.  The Vaughan Bascom Professorship in Women, Family and Community

Faculty whose scholarship and leadership addresses quality of life issues for children, women, families and communities, with preference given to faculty whose work advances an understanding of the role of philanthropy in promoting and sustaining a civil and just society.  This award shall be administered in accordance with the University’s guidelines on Bascom Professorships.  Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors but exceptions can be made to advanced tenure-track (5th or 6th) with support from the oversight committee.  Not renewable.

A2.  Audrey Rothermel Bascom Professorship

Excellence and national reputation within at least two of the three types of scholarships: Teaching, Research, and/or Outreach. This award shall be administered in accordance with the University’s guidelines on Bascom Professorships.    Eligibility: Tenured professors in SoHE. Not renewable.

A3.  100 Women Chair in Human Ecology

The purpose of this fund is to provide support for research-active faculty in the School of Human Ecology and to recognize faculty excellence, encourage faculty leadership, and to assist efforts to recruit, retain, and recognize top faculty in fields of study within the academic disciplines of human ecology. The 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology will rotate among all of the school’s academic departments, in a three-to-five year cycle. Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors but exceptions can be made to advanced tenure-track (5th or 6th) with support from the oversight committee.  Renewable, but must apply for the position.

 A4.  Jane Rafferty Thiele Professorship in Human Ecology

The Donor wishes to support faculty excellence and encourage faculty leadership in areas of strategic importance to the School of Human Ecology. The Donor also wishes to provide the prestige of a named faculty position to assist efforts to recruit, retain and recognize top faculty spanning the broad fields of study within Human Ecology.  Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors but exceptions can be made to advanced tenure-track (5th or 6th) with support from the oversight committee.  Renewable, but must apply for the position.

A5.  Jane Rafferty Thiele Faculty Fellowship

The Jane Rafferty Thiele Faculty Fellow will provide leadership, direction, and mentorship related to one or more of teaching, research, and/or outreach as designated by the dean. The 1st Fellowship (2019—2021) has been designated by the Dean to support teaching competencies in SoHE graduate students and may be renewed in the present form or redirected to meet the strategic needs of the School.  SoHE graduate students play a critical role in undergraduate education both in formal classroom settings (e.g., teaching assistants) and in informal ways (e.g., mentoring undergraduate research and creative projects). Developing excellence in teaching is a critical professional goal for many SoHE graduate students. The Pathways for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching and Jane Rafferty Thiele Faculty Fellowship were created to enhance the professional development of teaching competencies in SoHE graduate students.  Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors but exceptions can be made to advanced tenure-track (5th or 6th) with support from the oversight committee.  Renewable, but must apply for the position.

Appendix B. “Dean Nominated” Professorship/Chair Appointments

B1. Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families

The donors wish to support a faculty member in the School of Human Ecology’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Center for Child and Family Well-Being specializing in the area family well-being and mind-body-relationships.  The Chair will also have an official affiliation with the Waisman Center and the Center for Healthy Minds in support of the healthy minds, children and families joint initiative.  Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors. Renewable, contingent upon a successful review.

B2. Dorothy O’Brien Professorship in Human Ecology

The donors wish to support faculty excellence and encourage faculty leadership of the School’s strategic initiatives and to assist efforts to recruit, retain and recognize top faculty in field of study within Human Ecology.  Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors but exceptions can be made to advanced tenure-track (5th or 6th) with support from the oversight committee.  Renewable, contingent upon a successful review.

 B3. Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Culture, and Design

The donors wish to support a faculty position in the Department of Design Studies whose expertise and scholarly work relates to the study of textiles and their cultural and aesthetic significance. This chair is to be awarded to a member of the Design Studies faculty whose area of expertise includes historic textiles and whose teaching, research and outreach activities enhance the integration of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, the Ruth Ketterer Harris (RKH) Library and the Ruth Davis Design Gallery, three entities that comprise the Center for Textiles, Culture and Design, into the Design Studies curriculum for students in Textile and Fashion Design and Interior Architecture as well as other UW-Madison departments. Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors.  Renewable, contingent upon a successful review.

B4.  Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development

The donors wish to support a faculty position in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) whose work relates to early childhood development and education, including scholarly activities leading to the dissemination of information to aid parents and family members in providing young children the skills and experiences needed for their physical, intellectual, emotional and social well-being. The faculty member holding the Laura M. Secord Chair also will serve as the faculty director of Human Ecology’s Preschool Lab. Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors.  Renewable, contingent upon a successful review.

B5.  Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child & Family Well-being

The donors wish to support a faculty position in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) whose work relates to the research and application of mindfulness, contemplative practices and other methods to improve the well-being of children, parents and families. This chair is to be awarded to a member of the HDFS faculty with Extension and/or community-based teaching, research and/or outreach responsibilities. Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors.  Renewable, contingent upon a successful review.

B6.  Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance

The Donors wish to provide faculty support for a position focused on consumer finance, personal finance and/or behavioral economics. This chair is to be awarded to a research active faculty member whose expertise is in developing, implementing and evaluating innovative approaches related to financial education and financial and economic well-being for individuals and families locally and globally. Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors. Renewable, contingent upon a successful review.

B7.  Kohl’s Chair in Retail Innovation

Kohl’s wishes to provide faculty support for teaching, research and outreach activities related to retail innovation and consumer insights. The individual holding this tenured track position is expected to work in close collaboration with the Executive Director and Assistant Director of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing. Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors. Renewable, contingent upon a successful review.

 B8.  Lorna Jorgenson Wendt Professorship in Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE)

The Donor wishes to provide faculty support for the teaching, research and outreach activities related to money, relationships and equality so as to advance an understanding of issues of equality and purpose-based living that enable individuals, couples and families to embrace the balance of interpersonal connection and self-fulfillment crucial to the well-being of all.  Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors but exceptions can be made to advanced tenure-track (5th or 6th) with support from the oversight committee.  Renewable, contingent upon a successful review.

B9.  Ecology of Human Well-Being Professorship

The Donor wishes to support research-active faculty working to advance the ecology of well-being in all its facets within the academic disciplines of the School of Human Ecology. This professorship is to be awarded to a member of the School of Human Ecology faculty whose teaching, research and outreach responsibilities are devoted to understanding and promoting the ecology of well-being – social, emotional, cultural and/or economic. Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors but exceptions can be made to advanced tenure-track (5th or 6th) with support from the oversight committee.    Renewable, contingent upon a successful review.

B10.   Meta Schroeder Beckner Outreach Professorship

The Donor wishes to provide faculty support for Extension outreach and community-based educational programming.  Eligibility: Preferably tenured professors but exceptions can be made to advanced tenure-track (5th or 6th) with support from the oversight committee.    Renewable, contingent upon a successful review.

B11.  Kay Vaughan Faculty Fellowship

The Kay Vaughn Innovation Faculty Fellow will provide innovative vision, leadership, coordination, and curriculum development related to design as co-leader of The School of Human Ecology (SoHE) Design Thinking Initiative (DTI).  The DTI is tasked with integrating design thinking across the departments, centers, and affiliated units within the SoHE.  The Kay Vaughn Innovation Faculty Fellow will be a faculty link between these SoHE units and the design thinking resources being developed as part of the DTI. Another component of this position will be to innovate within the field of design thinking by leveraging the Design Studies Department’s expertise in design communication for design thinkers as a core resource that is of value to anyone who is involved with design thinking.  (Dean reserves the authority to re-designate focus of this fellowship)

B12.  Phyllis Northway Faculty Fellowship

The Phyllis Northway Faculty Fellow will provide leadership, direction, and outreach related to special initiatives of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being (CCFW) and/or the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (CommNS), beginning with the Prenatal to Five (P25) Initiative. The P25 Initiative is a statewide effort spearheaded by the School of Human Ecology.  The Phyllis Northway Faculty Fellowship was created to enhance the development of the School of Human Ecology as a hub for developing innovative multidisciplinary applied research and outreach projects.  (Dean reserves the authority to re-designate focus of this fellowship)