Provost’s Distinguished Service Academy Nomination Process

On this page you will find information regarding eligibility, the nomination process, application requirements, appointments, participation, and the review committee for the Provost’s Distinguished Service Academy.

Eligibility

Nominees must have excelled in their entire portfolio of professional contributions as a faculty member (i.e., in scholarship, teaching and service for tenured faculty, and in service and relevant second area of specialization for non-tenure-track faculty) while demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to service and mentoring. Tenure-track assistant professors are not eligible. NTT faculty are not eligible before their first promotion. In terms of timing of nomination, the following eligibility rules apply:

  • Tenured faculty must have worked full-time at UT for at least three years in a rank higher than the tenure-track assistant professor rank (i.e., three years after serving in rank as a tenured associate professor or tenured full professor).
  • Non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty must have worked at UT for at least three years in a rank higher than the first NTT rank (e.g. three years after serving at the rank of Senior Lecturer, Associate professor of instruction / practice / research / clinical, or higher).
  • The term of membership in the Distinguished Service Academy will be for a period of five years.  A faculty member may be elected for a second term (i.e., a maximum of two five-year terms). Beyond that period, the Distinguished Service Academy member may remain a fellow through participation in the Distinguished Service Academy activities although they will no longer receive a stipend.

Nomination Process

Nominations will be accepted annually and must be received by the application deadline (see below). Self-nominations are encouraged.  In addition, any member of the university community may nominate an individual who satisfies the eligibility requirements, although the nomination deadline for nominating a candidate will be earlier to allow time for the nominee to prepare their nomination package.

The DSA Nomination Process takes place in two phases, including:

  1. In the first phase, all applicants must submit a three-page personal statement from the candidate, a curriculum vitae, and the names of two individuals who will write letters of support on behalf of the candidate, subject to the candidate’s selection to the second phase of the nomination process.
  2. In the second phase, nominees selected by the DSA Selection Committee will be asked to submit two letters of support (no longer than three pages in length), written by the following: faculty colleagues (no more than one colleague external to UT), department chair, dean, university administrator or student (no more than one student letter).

Nominations are closed.


Application contents

For initial (first phase) nomination, the following application materials should be uploaded and submitted here:

  • A single PDF including:
    • A three-page personal statement from the candidate that
      • highlights the candidate’s extraordinary commitment to service and mentoring as demonstrated by their leadership and accomplishments,
      • demonstrates excellence across the candidate’s portfolio of other work including (research, and teaching for tenured faculty; other specialization area for NTT faculty),
      • provides the candidate’s service and mentoring philosophy, including
      • service and mentoring contributions to the candidate’s students, department, college / school, University, and beyond,
      • service and mentorship in support of inclusion and diversity within the department, school, University, and beyond, and
      • shares the candidate’s ideas for how they will contribute to the goals of the Distinguished Service Academy.
    • A curriculum vitae
  • The author email addresses for the candidate’s two letters of support.

For the second phase of nomination:

  • Submitting the candidates’ letters of support. If the candidate is selected for the second round of nominations, authors and candidates will be notified via email by February 15th, 2022. Author email notifications will include directions to upload and submit their letter of support on the candidate’s behalf by the March 1, 2022 deadline. If the candidate is not selected for the second round of nominations, the authors will not be contacted.
    • Letters of support may be written by: faculty colleagues (no more than one colleague external to UT), department chair, dean, university administrator or student (no more than one student letter).
    • Each letter should not be longer than three pages.
    • Directions for uploading and submitting letters on the candidate’s behalf will be included in the email notification to letter authors.

Appointment

Appointments will be for a period of five years (renewable one time for an additional five years). The appointment will include a one-time honorarium of $25,000. The stipend will not be considered to be part of the faculty member’s annual salary compensation.


Participation

Members of the Distinguished Service Academy will sponsor at least one workshop per semester and offer a series of one-on-one mentoring sessions throughout the year. Faculty with membership in the Distinguished Service Academy are expected to participate in these activities. Each faculty member must submit an annual report summarizing their Academy activities for the year.


Review Committee

The review committee includes the following faculty members:

  • Lynn Katz, Cockrell School of Engineering, chair
  • Loriene Roy, School of Information, Inaugural DSA Member
  • Jen Moon, Professor of Instruction, College of Natural Sciences, Inaugural DSA Member
  • Kiara Itzel Vasquez, College of Communication, Undergraduate Student Representative
  • Allyson Loomis, College of Education, Graduate Student Representative
  • Courtney Byrd, Moody College of Communication
  • Sean Theriault, College of Liberal Arts
  • Patricia Garcia, College of Liberal Arts
  • David Eaton, School of Public Affairs
  • Sarah Sloan, School of Social Work
  • Howard Liljestrand, School of Engineering
  • Kamran Ali, College of Liberal Arts