Monday, March 1, 2021

To: Deans, Directors, Departmental Executive Officers

From: Kevin C. Kregel, Executive Vice President and Provost

Date: March 1, 2021

Subject: University of Iowa Distinguished Chair

I am pleased to announce we are accepting applications for the University of Iowa Distinguished Chair. The University of Iowa Distinguished Chair recognizes and rewards exceptional University of Iowa scholars of national and international distinction who are contributing to the institution, the state of Iowa and beyond through their research, teaching, and/or scholarship.  Selected faculty will have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their field and will hold the promise of future research, teaching, and/or scholarly innovations.  
The Office of the Provost will provide one-time funding of $250,000 disbursed over the five years of the appointment. It will be allocated annually in $50,000 increments to support the research, teaching, and/or scholarship activities of the awardee. All full-time tenured full professors are eligible.  It is anticipated that one Chair will be awarded each year.
The University of Iowa Distinguished Chair recipient will be announced by the end of Spring Semester with the appointment taking effect at the beginning of the academic year. The title of Distinguished University Chair will be held by the awardee if they remain a faculty member in good standing at the University of Iowa. 
Completed applications are due April 16, 2021.  For a complete description of the program, application process, and eligibility requirements, please see
Please contact Kimberly Nye at with questions.