The Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of 1956 Professorships are intended to strengthen the undergraduate experience by bringing to Cornell individuals from every walk of life who represent excellence of achievement. The professorship will be awarded for a period of three years, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years, to those at the pinnacle of their careers in scholarship, public life, government, international affairs, health, nutrition, agriculture, business and industry, the professions, the arts, communication or any comparable field. Such individuals should bring a lifetime of achievement to Cornell undergraduates.
Individuals chosen to be Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of 1956 Professors will typically visit Ithaca for one week each year they serve. During their time on campus, they will be invited to reside in one of the West Campus Houses where they will spend much of their time interacting with the resident undergraduates. They will give lectures or performances in already scheduled classes as well as for the Cornell community at large. They will also be involved in meetings and discussions with members of the House in which they reside.
A call for nominations will be circulated in early fall to all members of the Cornell community. The Rhodes Selection Committee, which is comprised of faculty members who have been approved by the Faculty Senate Nominations and Elections Committee and is co-chaired by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the faculty Chair of the West Campus Council, will review the nominations and produce short list. Final nominees would be approved by the President and the Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Affairs in the spring and would begin their term on July 1.