Call for Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellows Series Nominations

Dear colleagues,

Nominations are now invited for the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellows Series for events to be scheduled during academic year 2016-17.

The Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellows Series is intended to support short-term campus visits by distinguished scholars or other influential people from non-academic professions who will enrich university life through their contact with students, faculty, and the local community. Proposals for longer-term visits will also be considered, but the hosting unit will usually be responsible for funding the extended stay. The series seeks to include Fellows at all stages of their careers whose work will promote UC Irvine’s ability to respond to the global challenges of an increasingly interdependent world, and who will enhance the breadth and diversity of the intellectual and cultural life of our campus. The main purposes of this series are:

  • to raise the visibility and influence of UC Irvine in the state and nation;
  • to enhance the breadth and diversity of the intellectual and cultural life on our campus;
  • to show distinguished visitors some of the intellectual life at UC Irvine.

Nominees for this program should be people of national and international stature and influence who will bring distinction to the university through their public lectures as well as through papers, seminars, and other activities for more specialized audiences. Nominators should keep that more general audience in mind when planning events for the visits, which usually include at least one large public lecture or performance and a reception or other social event. The maximum budget for each CDF is $40,000 including honorarium and all expenses.

Nomination Procedures and Selection

Nominations may be submitted by individuals or collectively by a department or other academic unit, but all nominations must be forwarded through the dean of the appropriate school. Prior contact with the nominee is not required but should be noted, especially in the case of highly visible public figures.
Nominations should be submitted to the dean of your school by August 15, 2016.

Deans will rank the nominations and forward them to Vice Provost Judy Stepan-Norris’ office by September 15, 2016 (please send packets to The ranking should be based on the qualifications of the nominee according to the criteria described above, the activities planned for the visit, and the potential impact of the visit on the campus and the community.

A committee will review the nominations and submit recommendations to the Chancellor.

Nomination Packets should include:

    1. Curriculum vitae, résumé, or a statement summarizing the nominee’s background and area of expertise;
    2. Completed Preliminary Information form, which should include all anticipated expenses if possible.
    3. Any additional relevant information.

Questions about this process can be directed to Judy Stepan-Norris at 949-824-6043 or


Enrique J. Lavernia, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Distinguished Professor,
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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