The Trustee Professorship was approved by the Board of Trustees in July 1998. This pool of money is devoted exclusively to honoring and supporting outstanding University of Maine System faculty who are already making noteworthy contributions to academic excellence on their campuses and within the System. The Trustee Professorship awards provide release time and support for faculty to undertake research and other scholarly/creative endeavors not feasible within their normal workload. This program is designed to assist UMS institutions in recognizing, rewarding, and retaining exceptional scholars, and, in so doing, promoting excellence in teaching, scholarship, and research throughout the University of Maine System.
The nomination brought forward from the institution to the System Office should indicate why the nominee is particularly deserving of the Trustee Professorship. Nominations are submitted to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs who will forward them to the Chancellor with his/her recommendations regarding approval. Final approval of all nominations for Trustee Professorships will be made by the Chancellor. The Board of Trustees will receive an annual report of the names of faculty awarded a Trustee Professorship with a brief description of the scholarly work supported by the award.