TO:  All Faculty
FROM: Erin Davis, Interim Dean of the College
DATE: January
SUBJECT: Ringer Distinguished Professorship

In the spring we will select the next Ringer Distinguished Professorship at Cornell College.  The appointment will be for a three-year, non-renewable term (2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23).

The Ringer Professorship was established, through the generosity of Jerry ’59 and Carole Ringer and their family, to support excellence in teaching and scholarship, and outstanding service to both college and community.  The Ringer Professorship is awarded to a tenured member of the faculty.  It recognizes past accomplishments and supports future endeavors; it acknowledges both performance and continuing promise.

The basis for selection will be exemplary teaching, service and scholarship, with the understanding that we define scholarship in the broad sense appropriate to a liberal arts college and to include artistic/creative endeavors.  More particularly, the Ringer Professor should provide leadership in the development of courses and teaching methods supporting active, independent learning by students.  They should also be active in the shared life of Cornell College.

The Ringer Professor will receive an annual award of $10,000.  These funds are to be used at the discretion of the appointee during this three-year period, in consultation with the Dean, in ways appropriate to the advancement of his or her work.  The allocation may be used to support scholarly endeavors, course release, student research assistance, course design and improvement, summer projects, scholarly travel, or acquisition of books.  For those choosing a course release, $5,000 may be used each year to cover course replacement costs. 

While these funds are not intended to support the purchase of equipment, computers, hardware, software, printers, and other computing accessories, the Ringer Professor may consult the Dean to request funding for such items under special circumstances.

The Ringer Professor will not be eligible for other Cornell College monetary research awards (except student-faculty research summer stipends) during his or her tenure in the professorship, which extends from the start of the academic year through the final summer of the third year.  They will be eligible to receive the standard Dean’s Office Faculty Development allocation, if available.

We welcome self-nominations as well as nominations of colleagues.  Nominations (either from colleagues or self-nominations) should include a brief supporting statement addressing the criteria for the professorship.  Please us the online form for nominations. Nominations are due by February 12, 2020.

Once the nominations are received, each nominee will be requested to provide a curriculum vita and a letter of application (no more than two pages) outlining plans for the term of the appointment.  The deadline for submitting these materials will be March 6, 2020.

The Divisional Council will review the nominations and make recommendations to the Dean and President.

The holder of the Professorship will be expected to file a brief annual report with the Dean summarizing his or her activities and expenditures.  During the third year, the appointee shall present a Faculty Lecture on a topic of interest to the campus community.

The award will be announced end of March 2020.