Call For Nominations
We invite you to submit nominations for Cornell’s distinguished Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of 1956 Professorship. The professorship is intended to enhance the undergraduate experience by bringing to Cornell individuals from every walk of life who represent excellence of achievement. Professorships will be awarded for a period of three years (with an option to renew 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.
Individuals chosen to be Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of 1956 Professors will visit Ithaca for one week during each year that they serve. While on campus they will be invited to reside in one of the West Campus houses where they will spend much of their time with the resident undergraduates. They will give lectures or performances in already scheduled classes as well as for the Cornell community at large. They also will be involved in meetings and discussions with members of the house in which they reside.
Nominations for the Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of ’56 Professorship may be made by Ithaca campus faculty. Faculty members are encouraged to consider not only how nominations might enhance the academic environment of the campus as a whole, but also how nominations and program activities might have a special link to the West Campus House System.
The nomination process will have two stages:
- Pre-Proposal Letter: The first stage involves the submission of a pre-proposal letter noting the nominee’s qualifications and achievements, along with a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae. The pre-proposal nomination letter should mention house, faculty, departments, or programs in addition to those of the primary sponsor or sponsors that have either agreed to support the nomination or might reasonably be expected to do so. Also, the selection committee would find it useful in its selection process if one or two student letters were included as to why the nomination would enhance their experience. Pre-proposal letters will be expected by October 15 and submitted to the office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The selection committee will review pre-proposal nomination letters by November 30 and invite successful sponsors to submit a full proposal expanding and strengthening the case for the nominee.
- Full Proposal Package: The full proposal package should include the nomination letter and additional letters of support from faculty. These additional letters should discuss the faculty member’s intentions to engage the candidate in classes or house program activities. Finally, nomination proposals which provide a range of activities—class visits, small group seminars, the large public event—will be given the fullest consideration. Ideally, at this stage the committee would also obtain assurance from the nominee that he or she would accept the position if appointed. Full proposal packages are due February 15.
Final nominees would be approved by the President and Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Affairs in the spring and would begin their term on July 1.