• Hiring for Excellence Login here to access information about the hiring for excellence program for new faculty recruitment. More information and training for search committees may be scheduled by contacting the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development at The report form for faculty search committees is available here.
  • Recruitment ResourcesThe Human Resource Management website has a number of helpful recruitment resources, including detailed steps in the process for recruiting a faculty and academic staff member as well as effective strategies for ensuring that diversity considerations are incorporated into the search process.
  • Employment at KUEmployment related listings and resources for faculty, staff and students at all campuses. Includes helpful information on career opportunities at KU. Search postings, create applications, view internships and much more.
  • Distinguished Professor Search ProcessThere are two types of Distinguished Professors: Named professorships and University professorships. Named professorships are funded partly through an endowment, reflected in the title of the professor, while University professorships are funded entirely by KU.The nomination and selection process for University Distinguished Professors is closed. 
    University Committee on Distinguished Professorships
    Name Department/School Term Expires
    Dave TellAssociate Professor, Communication Studies2020
    Chris BeardDistinguished Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Biodiversity Institute2020
    Dorothy DaleyProfessor, Public Affairs and Administration/Environmental Studies Program2018
    Sharon BillingsProfessor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Kansas Biological Survey2020
    Elizabeth KozleskiProfessor, Special Education2018
    Rosemary O’LearyDistinguished Professor, Public Affairs and Administration2018
    Jorge SoberonDistinguished Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology2018
    Norman AkersAssociate Professor, Visual Art2019
    Paulette SpencerDistinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering2019
    Maryemma GrahamDistinguished Professor, English2019
    Rick HaleProfessor, Aerospace Engineering2019
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