The Office of Faculty Affairsprovides assistance with a range of faculty matters including appointments, reappointments, tenure, promotion, secondary and joint appointments, and leaves. 

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars can be given courtesy appointments for non-paid positions. This title is given to persons with appropriate professional or academic credentials whom the department, the school or the college wishes to include within its academic community. These visitors are provided with university network access, library privileges and a temporary Campus Card. Depending on the agreement with the hosting professor, these visitors may collaborate in research, receive guidance, or be essentially independent.

A letter of appointment will be issued by the dean of the school or college and/or the Senior Academic Officer granting the appointment for a specific period of time, which may be renewed. The recommended title should include the words “visiting scholar” (not to be confused with Visiting Faculty). The courtesy appointment may be discontinued at any time without prior notice. Space or other resources made available to those on courtesy appointments may be withdrawn at any time.

Please note: International Visiting Scholars will need to work with the Office of International Programs to obtain the necessary visa.

Distinguished University Research Professor

The appointment of Loyola University Chicago professors as “distinguished” is the recognition of their scholarship and intellectual achievements and is an honor bestowed by the University upon the recommendation of a Dean of a College or School. The distinguished professor acclamation sets awardees apart from their contemporaries, signaling their tremendous value to the academic arena at large. Distinguished professors are expected to make long-standing contributions to the intellectual life and rigor of their departments and schools as well as to the university as a whole and the wider scholarly communities. In short, their presence should elevate the standards of scholarship within their academic field and beyond.

The criteria for identifying faculty persons for a distinguished professorship are described below.

  • Full professor, generally at rank for a period of 5 or more years;
  • An outstanding record of scholarly or creative/artistic productivity and accomplishments and a reputation of national or international prominence as assessed by letters from internal and external peers;
  • A substantial contribution to the intellectual life of their discipline, department, and the university;
  • Evidence of effective teaching and dedicated mentorship of undergraduate and/or graduate and professional students and a demonstrated ability to launch the successful educational or professional trajectories of graduates;
  • Participation in public discourse about issues that are germane to their primary intellectual and scholarly pursuits;
  • A program of study that appreciates the value of interdisciplinarity and the crossfertilization of theories, methodologies, and conceptual frameworks;
  • A history of service in support of the university’s core values; and
  • An expectation for continued participation in research to meet the above criteria.

The process for selecting a distinguished professor will involve the following steps. The dean of each respective school will review any nomination for the appointment, which will include a detailed letter from the person nominating the candidate, the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae, and a sample of publications and other materials that speak to the candidate’s scholarship, teaching, and service to the university and larger community. Second, the dean will write an evaluation of the candidate and rate the candidate on his or her meritoriousness for the appointment. Third, the candidate’s file will be forwarded to the University Rank and Tenure Committee to review any nomination for this professorship. Fourth, the committee will offer its recommendation on any such petition to the Provost Distinguished University Research Professor Approved: September 29, 2008 Revised: September 24, 2013 2 Generally, each school and each division of the College of Arts and Sciences will have only one faculty member holding the honorific title of Distinguished University Research Professor at any time.

Distinguished University Research Professors will serve a three-year term. During the term, the recipient will have access to additional resources from which to hire a graduate assistant, purchase a single course release in any given academic year, and/or pursue other development opportunities. The amount and nature of those resources will be specified in each contract by the respective Dean. A Distinguished University Research Professor also will provide some enriching experience each academic year for undergraduate and/or graduate/professional students by offering them a lecture, seminar, symposium, workshop or other similar opportunity related to the professor’s research.

Subsequent to a successful renewal process similar to the initial application process, a Distinguished University Research Professor may be reappointed for an additional three year term without resource allocation.

Approved: September 29, 2008 Revised: September 24, 2013

Endowed Chairs and Professorships

(Submitted by Faculty Affairs UPC and Approved by President: March, 2005; Revised and Approved by Council of Deans: August 27, 2013)

I. Purpose of Endowed Chairs and Professorships:

For a member of the Loyola University Chicago faculty to be appointed to hold an endowed chair or endowed professorship is an honor to the University, the individual, and the faculty member’s school or college, and the benefactor(s) who partnered with the University to make the endowment supported appointment possible. One important purpose of such appointments is to enable the person receiving this honor to make greater contributions to their field and to the educational mission and goals of the University. Another important purpose is to fulfill respectfully the expressed intentions of the benefactor(s) who made the endowed chair or professorship possible. Thus, those faculty who may be selected or recruited for this honor at Loyola University Chicago endowed professorships or endowed chairs must continue to perform as exemplary academicians, excellent colleagues, and persons in whose accomplishments the University and the benefactor(s) can rightfully take pride.

II. Categories of Endowed Chair or Endowed Professorships:

The following categories are intended to be illustrative of the kinds of faculty appointments which might be supported by endowment funding and also carry the name of the benefactor and / or the discipline or field of study. In the paragraphs below the purpose of the category, general conditions for candidacy, term of appointment, and evaluation procedures are specified.

A. Endowed Chairs and Endowed Professorships:

1. Appointment to a named and endowment-supported chair or a named and endowment-supported professorship is among the highest academic recognitions faculty may have the privilege of enjoying as active teaching-scholars. Candidates for this prestigious level of recognition must be outstanding faculty performing in the top echelons of their disciplines or professional fields, having achieved national and international recognition for their sustained and influential contributions. The holder of a named endowed chair or endowed professorship shall be evaluated annually in accordance with the policies and procedures used to evaluate other continuing tenured faculty in his or her department and school.

2. Appointment to named endowment-supported chairs or professorships is typically associated with adjustments to one’s faculty responsibilities and special levels of support in order to assist the appointee to continue to excel at the highest level of his or her potential. Therefore, every five years (or in the final year of appointment) the university shall conduct a summative evaluation of the person’s accumulated contributions and achievements. The process of review should be similar to the internal reviews conducted for promotion in the given department and college or school in which the endowed faculty member holds appointment. External reviews of the work of the endowed chair or professor are not required, but may be solicited at the request of the incumbent or the dean. The reappointment also will be reviewed by the University Rank and Tenure Committee (URTC), which will make its recommendation to the Senior Academic Officer (the Provost or Vice President for Health Sciences, as applicable). If the endowed chair or professor under review is also the Senior Academic Officer, the UTRC recommendation is made to the President.

3. Unless the enabling documentation creating the endowed chair or professorship specifies otherwise, a faculty member who has made consistently excellent contributions in scholarship, teaching, and service may be recommended to enjoy another five year term as the holder of the endowed chair or endowed professorship. In this way persons appointed as endowed chairs or endowed professors may continue to demonstrate that they deserve and should continue to enjoy the endowed chair or endowed professorship as long as they are members of the faculty of the University. A person holding an endowed chair or endowed professorship may resign from that appointment at any time without prejudice or may decline to petition for renewal of that appointment at the completion of a given five year term.

B. Endowed Junior Professorships:

1. The purpose of these appointments is to recruit talented teaching-scholars to the University faculty. Candidates are persons qualified to hold tenure track appointment and who show exceptional promise in their early years in the profession. (Exceptions to a tenure track appointment are possible if a non-tenure stream position is specified in the endowment’s enabling documentation.) Appointment may be made at the rank of assistant professor (for advanced assistant professors) or associate professor. Appointments as endowment-supported junior professors cannot be more than five years in duration and they automatically discontinue if the person is promoted to the rank of Professor.

2. The faculty responsibilities of a person holding a junior professorship are the same as other faculty of the same rank and research classification (e.g. research-intensive, research-active). Depending on the conditions of the enabling documentation, the endowment may provide the person with support for research, professional development, or teaching related expenses.

3. Persons appointed to endowed junior professorships shall be evaluated following the same procedures that apply to other junior faculty. Petitions for tenure and promotion of endowed junior professors will be evaluated with the expectation of higher levels of productivity in proportion to the additional resources made available to the candidate. Being appointed as the holder of an endowed junior professorship is not a guarantee of future tenure. If at any point the person is deemed not to be making steady and strong progress toward tenure, the dean may recommend that the honor of the holding the endowed junior professorship be withdrawn, e.g. effective at the end of the academic year.

C. Endowed Visiting Chairs or Professorships:

Typically used to support the most accomplished senior scholars, distinguished artists or professionals who might be visiting the University for a specific period of time, appointment to an endowment-supported faculty chair or professorship, along with the title, and such unique responsibilities and privileges associated with it, is of fixed term duration. The chief purpose of this form of endowed chair or professorship is to bring a continuing stream of exceptional scholars, practitioners, and artists of significant stature and accomplishment to the University to enrich our programs and our academic community. In virtually all cases, therefore, endowed professorships are used to attract visiting professors and are designated with titles which indicate that purpose. Persons holding visiting endowed professorships are evaluated according to the policies and procedures which normally apply to non-tenure-track full time faculty in the given department and school. Appointment to an endowed visiting chair or professorship is nonrenewable; although the persons who have held those appointments may be subsequently appointed to the university faculty in some other position. I

II. Appointment Processes:

Appointments of persons to endowed chairs or endowed professorships are made by the President and the Senior Academic Officer. Candidates for appointment may be nominated by the dean of the college or school acting in consultation with the senior faculty of the relevant academic department, faculty affinity group, or university center of excellence. In all cases involving the appointment of a person at a senior rank, the file of candidate being proposed shall be reviewed by the URTC after having first been reviewed by the home department and the school’s elected R&T committee. Because of the variability of kinds of appointment – junior (assistant or associate professor) or senior (full professor), internal or external, one semester or two semester visiting or multi-year renewable – and because at time the most qualified candidate may have to be recruited away from his or her current position, no single procedure can be specified, beyond the provisions set forth above, for how the most qualified candidate is identified and recruited to the endowed position.

Emeritus Faculty Privileges

Loyola University Chicago recognizes the loyalty and the continuing scholarly contributions of its Emeriti. These are individuals who are retired from the regular faculty, no longer hold tenure, and have been awarded Emeritus/a status according to the policies set forth in the Faculty Handbook. Emeritus/a status confers upon its recipient both certain privileges and academic opportunities. Working in consultation with the office of Faculty Administration and Human Resources, the Provosts continually seek to maintain a list of the privileges and to create additional academic opportunities appropriate to Emeritus/a status.

Summary of Privileges Emeriti faculty may apply for and be granted:

  • Loyola University Photo ID
  • Library privileges equivalent to those available to members of the regular faculty
  • Loyola universal log on ID (providing access to computing labs, network and web access to e-mail)
  • Faculty/Staff prices and discounts at Campus Bookstores, Recreation Centers, Loyola athletic and cultural events
  • Use of an office, in consultation with home department and the Dean of the school/college dependent upon availability and anticipated department or school needs
  • Inclusion with the faculty of the school, including wearing academic regalia, in commencement and convocation ceremonies of the school and university
  • Expense reimbursement up to $500.00 per year for presentations at professional conferences.

Emeriti faculty may be invited to serve as a:

  • Faculty member of record, teaching courses for credit.
  • Faculty member of record, offering non-credit or continuing education courses
  • Guest lecturer in area of scholarly expertise, as invited by the instructor of record
  • Director of doctoral dissertations or master’s theses Academic advisor of undergraduate or graduate students in any office offering such services
  • Expert reader on dissertations and theses
  • Reviewer, developer, or collaborator in the production or execution of an externally funded grant or grant proposal
  • Project Director on an external funded grant by special approval of the Dean of the School/College
  • Principal Investigator on an externally funded grant by special approval of the Dean of the School/College and Provost
  • Presenter or participant in departmental and college colloquia
  • Member of a School or University advisory committee Loyola University Chicago Emeriti Statement of Privileges
  • Participant in academic department meetings to the extent permitted by written and approved departmental and School/College by-laws

Compensation and Faculty Title

  • When employed by the University to provide service such as teaching, grant-funded scholarship, or student advising, emeriti may be designated as “Senior Professor.”
  • When hired as a Senior Professor, the compensation should be commensurate with time and effort of the service being provided and should befit that individual’s, experience and academic achievements, and former Loyola faculty academic rank. As Senior Professors, emeriti are obligated to fulfill their contractual responsibilities in teaching, research, or service in an academically sound and professional manner and in ways that are consistent with the Faculty Handbook and the policies of their school and department.


Like other retired staff or retired faculty, Emeriti should contact the Loyola University Chicago Office of Human Resources for information on possible participation in selected benefits program.