Chairs, professorships and distinguished scholars honorifics are conferred by the university and awarded to UBC faculty members based on merit. Honorifics, distinct from faculty positions, provide an opportunity to recognize outstanding professors or recruit and attract new talent to UBC.
A chair recognizes an established academic and leader who has attained eminence in his or her field of endeavour. A chair is held by an individual who has the rank of professor or professor of teaching. Chairs are conferred for a five-year period and may be extended by up to one year.
A professorship recognizes an academic who has attained, or has the potential to attain, eminence in his or her field of endeavour. A professorship is held by an individual who has the rank of professor. Professorships are conferred for a five-year period and may be extended by up to one year.
A distinguished scholar recognizes an academic who has achieved distinction in his or her field of endeavour and is available to faculty members of all ranks. Normally this designation is conferred for a minimum of three years and may be extended to a maximum of five years.
Chairs, professorships and distinguished scholars provide opportunities for outstanding teachers and researchers to focus in particular academic areas. Donors are able to to fund a position in a wide variety of areas such as heart disease, Canadian literature, or any other area, or in memory or honour of a loved one.
Learn more about UBC Policy, “Chair, Professorship and Distinguished Scholar Honorifics”
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Learn more about establishing an endowment at UBC to fund a chair or professorship.