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Research Professorship Policy

Research Professorship Policy


The University is developing ways to enhance its capacity to conduct externally funded research and to recognize the importance of research in strengthening academic programs. One way to achieve this goal is through the creation of Research Professorships.


This policy applies to all professional research staff at UD.

Policy History

I. Effective Date: February 14, 2003

II. Approval: January 8, 2015

III. History: 

  • Approved in its original form:  February 14, 2003
  • Approved as amended:  January 8, 2015

IV. Maintenance of Policy: Vice President for Research


Title Description

The title of Research Professor may be awarded to new and existing full-time employees of the University who engage in research and mentoring of students. Research faculty will obtain grants/contracts sufficient to cover a significant portion of their salaries and to support students. The Research Professor must have the appropriate terminal degree for the relevant academic unit and demonstrate an ability to secure outside funding in support of research, to mentor students in the research enterprise, and to collaborate with academic colleagues in the research enterprise. These appointments are two-year, non-tenured, non-tenure-track appointments which may be renewed.

The creation of these professorships will complement, but not replace, the existing joint appointment program.


Requests for Research Professor position must be presented to the Chair and Dean of the academic unit. If the candidate is employed in another unit of the University, the request must be supported and approved by the head of that unit and a Memorandum of Understanding defining the specific responsibilities of the position will be signed by all involved parties. Appointments to the Research Professor position are made in academic departments upon the recommendation of the Chair and Dean of the unit to both the Vice-President for Research and to the Provost.

Reference Documents

  1. Application for Research Professorships
  2. Joint Appointment Policy

For questions relating to the University policies of Research, please contact:

Kelli Tittle, Research Compliance & Export Control Administrator