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All members of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community, including faculty, staff, and students, are eligible and encouraged to nominate members of the teaching faculty for the John McNaughton Rosebush University Professorship. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The John McNaughton Rosebush University Professorships were named for John McNaughton Rosebush who directed University development and the UW Oshkosh Foundation in the 1970s. The award was established in 1979 by Chancellor Edward Penson with corporate and individual contributions.

One of the University’s most coveted awards, the professorships are granted for excellence in teaching, professional achievement and public service. Candidates are considered in a rigorous selection process by a panel representing all university governance groups.

The John McNaughton Rosebush University professorships serve to reinforce the connection between teaching and research, recognizing that teaching is primary and that research strengthens the teaching function. These remain the most important endeavors of the faculty and will be given primary consideration by the Committee (Faculty Senate Minutes, Nov. 6, 1979).

The Rosebush nomination process has two stages. In stage 1, nominators are initially asked to  provide a letter of support for the nominee and include three one-page summaries  related to teaching, professional achievement, and public service showing why the nominee should be awarded a Rosebush Professorship.

Please submit the letter of support, summaries, plus the nominee’s curriculum vita and the completed nomination form to the Provost and Vice Chancellor’s Office, by Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. The Rosebush Professorship Selection Committee will meet in February to review the summaries and curriculum vita provided.

In stage 2, the Committee will request further evidence from those nominees who most closely meet the award criteria. Nominees who do not meet the criteria will be advised of the Committee’s decision in February. Additional evidence from continuing nominees will be requested and will be due to the Committee by March 8, 2011. The Committee will review the additional evidence and make a recommendation(s) to the Chancellor.  A final decision will be made by the Chancellor in the spring.

Marleen Flack, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.