Nominations Being Accepted for Two Professorships

The W. G. Wysor Professorship of Agriculture – The Wysor Professorship is based on past service and future potential for significant impact to the college and to Virginia agriculture. Emphasis focuses, however, on the principal agricultural commodities in Virginia, with priority in the selection to production agriculture departments such as agronomy, agricultural economics, and the animal and plant sciences, but not restricted to these.

The David R. & Margaret Lincicome Professor of Agriculture – The Lincicome Professorship is awarded to a faculty member whose work is in either goat research or in academic programs of the college. The purpose of the professorship is for a faculty member to conduct goat research, teach, and conduct Extension work in the college. Funds distributed from the endowment will first be used to support goat research to the extent available and appropriate. If such funds from the endowment exceed an amount necessary for an appropriate and high quality goat research program, the remaining funds would be used to support academic programs in the college.

These professorships are among the highest honors in the college and only tenured faculty at the rank of professor may be considered. Nominations will be accepted from any college department and will be awarded to the faculty member who has demonstrated significant career scholarship and who will continue to provide scholarly leadership in his or her contributions to the appropriate focus of the professorship.

Both professorships include a salary supplement of $8,000, plus an operating allowance of at least $4,000. Nominations and self-nominations must be forwarded electronically through the department heads to share with appropriate departmental committees, and then to the dean’s office by no later than August 24.

Nominations should be accompanied by a full dossier of relevant materials, including current curriculum vitae, letters of nomination from the departmental screening committees (Promotion and Tenure and Departmental Honorifics committees), letters of support, and other evidence attesting to the quality of the contributions of the nominee.

The nomination packet will be shared with the College Honorifics Committee and a recommendation made to the dean. The dean’s recommendation will be sent through the provost and to the university president. The president will make the final recommendation to the Board of Visitors for its approval at the November 2011 meeting. Appointments are expected to be made effective January 1, 2012, and are for a five-year term.

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