Suzanne Lenhart has been appointed as a UT Chancellor’s Professor. Her appointment begins August 1, 2011, and continues through the lifetime of her employment at UT. Seven Chancellor’s Professors were appointed in the initial class a few years ago, and this year’s class is the first addition to that inaugural group. To quote from Dr. Lenhart’s appointment letter,
“Appointment as a Chancellor’s Professor constitutes the highest honor that can be accorded to a member of the faculty by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This designation recognizes extraordinary, nationally or internationally recognized, scholarly attainment in an individual discipline or field as well as a record of excellence in teaching and service to the university.”
There are intended to be only 18-20 Chancellor’s Professors at any time, and part of their role is to “meet at regular intervals to advise the Chancellor, Provost, and Vice Chancellor for Research on matters of concern to the campus.” Also, there will be a Chancellor’s Professor Faculty Lecture Series.
The appointment comes with a $20,000 research stipend “as a token of the campus’ recognition of their outstanding achievement.” More information about Chancellor’s Professors can be at http://chancellor.utk.edu/professors/.