The [Department/School of…] is considering awarding the honorific working title (Associate) Research Professor to [Candidate]. We are soliciting letters of appraisal from leading authorities in the candidate’s area of concentration. We would appreciate your appraisal of this candidate.
Honorific titles are considered for outstanding academic staff members with terminal degrees and titles of Associate Scientist, Senior Scientist and Distinguished Scientist, or retired faculty who hold university appointments of 0.50 FTE or greater and whose funding is at least 0.50 FTE from non-state GPR sources, per academic year.
These titles are intended as a means of recognizing an individual’s research accomplishments and contributions both within and outside the university. Criteria for bestowing honorary research professor titles include: (1) Excellent research that makes an original contribution to knowledge and culture; (2) substantial productivity as compared to national or international peers; (3) significant recognition outside the university and the state; (4) high expectation of continued excellence and productivity.
Please provide a specific, critical evaluation of Dr. [Candidate]’s work rather than general comments without statements of justification. If you are personally acquainted with the candidate, we would appreciate knowing the length of time you have known the candidate and the nature of the association.
Your letter will be read only by tenured faculty in the [Department/School of…], members of university committees to whom the issue of the honorific title is presented and university administrators who are involved in the process. The university will not release your identity or the contents of your letter to others without your prior approval or unless obligated to do so by law or court order.
On behalf of the department, I sincerely thank you for your important contribution to this review process.