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Carolina Trustees Professorship

The Carolina Trustees Professorship award is presented to a faculty members who are committed to teaching excellence in any phase of the university's educational mission. Three Carolina Trustees Professorship awards will be given each year to faculty who hold the rank of professor with tenure. Two awards are presented to Columbia USC  professors and one to a professor at another USC institutions. The awards are presented annually for $2,000 each and given by the members of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.

  1. Faculty who hold the rank of tenured full professor.
  2. Demonstrate a record of teaching excellence in any phase of the universities educational mission (undergraduate classroom, graduate seminar, laboratories, clinical practice, independent study, supervised research, etc.)
  3. Demonstrate a record of outstanding performance in research and in public service activities. 

Students, faculty, department chairs and deans from the USC System campuses may submit candidate's name and required materials using the submission form.

Please note: All required materials should be combined into one PDF file before uploading.

  1. Two page CV highlighting the candidate's education, publications and awards
  2. Short narrative summary of the candidate's teaching performance, during the past three years
  3. Research accomplishments, during the past three years
  4. Public service activities during the past three years
  5. Letter of recommendation from the candidate's immediate academic supervisor
  6. Two-page statement from the candidate

Submission form and required materials are due by December 22, 2023.

The selection committee uses the award criteria to select the award recipients. The committee is composed of the chairman of the board, the chairman of the academic excellence and student experience committee of the board, the president, the provost, the secretary of the board and the chairman of the faculty senate (who shall be ineligible to receive the reward while serving on the committee).

The winners will be announced at the spring Faculty Awards Ceremony and the award is presented at the spring Commencement Dinner. Recipients of the award will be ineligible to receive the Carolina Trustees Professorship for five calendar years after last receiving the award.

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