University Professor Appointment Committee

Appointed by the Provost

The University of Arkansas (U of A) acknowledges outstanding faculty through conferring the honorific title of "University Professor".  Appointment as University Professor is a high honor reserved for only the very best faculty at the U of A in recognition of sustained excellence in the performance of their duties, as defined in Academic Policy 1405.13.

The University Professor Appointment Committee serves as an advisory committee in the review of all nominations for university professors prior to the review by the provost. Their recommendation and rationale will be available in the review and appeals process.

The committee consists of 6 university professors and will be appointed as follows: Half of the members will be appointed by the chair of the Faculty Senate in consultation with the members of the Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee of the Faculty Senate. The other half of the committee members will be appointed by the provost in consultation with the chancellor and the deans of the various college/schools. The committee will have representation from at least three colleges/schools/libraries.

The membership of the university committee will be for a term of 3 years, and one-third of the committee is expected to turn over each year. In the first two years (2018-2019 and 2019-2020), the outgoing members will be chosen by lottery.

Carol Goforth 2023
Jeannie Whayne 2023
Tom E.C. Smith
Gary Ferrier  2024
Panneer Selvam  2024
John Ruph  2022