Meredith Professorships

A substantial bequest from the estate of Dr. L. Douglas Meredith, a 1926 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, has enabled the University to create the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorships to recognize and reward outstanding teaching at Syracuse University.

The goals of the Meredith Professorships are,

  • First, to recognize and reward excellence in teaching at all levels in a way that is seen as significant by faculty members, students, and the public at large;
  • Second, to encourage all faculty members to look upon the many dimensions of teaching as manifold opportunities for constant improvement, even for the best teachers;
  • Third, to emphasize the importance the University places upon teaching by investing heavily in this most student-centered activity;
  • Fourth, as a result of all of the above, to improve the teaching and learning environment on campus in ways that can be singled out and recognized as valuable.

Meredith Professors receive a supplementary salary award and an additional fund for professional development for each year of their appointment. Meredith Professors are enrolled for life in the Meredith Symposium as a signal honor and to provide a permanent forum for the discussion of teaching and learning.

Review Process in Brief

A Meredith Professorship may be awarded to any tenured faculty member in any of the schools and colleges of Syracuse University. Each recipient is designated Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for a period of three years. Normally, there are six active Meredith Professors in a given year, two appointed annually.

The review process consists of two stages. In the first stage, eligible faculty are nominated by their respective deans. In the second stage, select finalists will be asked to submit a complete portfolio and detailed project proposal. Additional detail is provided here. In brief, the process provides that:

  • Eligible faculty members will be nominated for a Meredith Professorship by the dean of the school or college in which they have their principal appointment. Each school and college may have its own internal procedures for identifying and forwarding nominees, as long as the nomination is made by the dean. Letters of nomination should not exceed three pages and should be accompanied by the nominee’s CV, a statement of the nominee’s philosophy of teaching, and a brief project description.
  • Selected finalists will be invited to fully describe their proposed project, addressing some aspect of teaching or learning that they intend to pursue during the term of appointment. This project could variously be described in such terms as the scholarship of teaching, classroom research, outcomes assessment, or curriculum development. Collaborating with colleagues, mentoring junior colleagues, or other forms of reaching out to include other interested faculty members are especially encouraged.

Nominations are reviewed by a committee appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and composed of senior faculty members, administrators, and a student representative. On the basis of a review of the teaching portfolio submitted by each finalist, the committee submits its recommendations to the Chancellor, who makes the appointments.

Stage-One nomination packets are due November 1st, 2022. Stage-One nomination materials should be addressed to the Meredith Professorship Review Committee and submitted by email as a single PDF to Mr. Nick Bennett at nsbennet@syr.edu.

Meredith Professorship Stage 1 Nomination Checklist [PDF]

Stage-Two nomination packets for select finalists will be due by February 17th, 2023. Stage-Two nomination materials should be submitted to the Meredith Professorship Review Committee by email as a single PDF to Mr. Nick Bennett at nsbennet@syr.edu.

Meredith Professorship Stage 2 Nomination Checklist [PDF]

For complete information about the program, selection criteria, and selection process, review the Laura J. and L Douglas Meredith Professorship program description [PDF].

Current and past Meredith Professors.