UCSF Presidential Chair Award
The UCSF Presidential Chair is intended to encourage new or interdisciplinary program development or to enhance quality in existing academic programs of the University.
To meet this broad goal of contributing to the enrichment of campus academic life, UCSF allocates Presidential Chair funding of up to $150,000 to support the appointment of a distinguished visiting professor for up to one year.
In addition to participating in research, instruction, or other creative activities, each incumbent is expected to present a major public lecture or series of lectures. It is also intended that incumbents be highly visible on campus, and that their tenure be accompanied by appropriate campus-wide activities and publicity.
The annual call for nominations opens in September and closes in January.
Award Amount: $150,000
Number of Awards: One or more (based on fund availability)
Appointment: Visiting Professor
Term: Up to one fiscal year
Nominations by UCSF faculty members only. Self-nominations are not accepted.
- Appointment Term And Duration
The Presidential Chair is appointed for a maximum of 12 months.
- Nominees should be employed for an equivalent of full-time service for a minimum of 1 quarter (10 weeks). This full-time service (i.e., 400 hours) could be accumulated over multiple visits.
- Nominations of less than full-time and/or for less than one quarter should include substantial justification within the proposal.
- Each appointment starting date will be negotiated separately.
- When stating a desired starting date, please keep in mind that a minimum lead-time of four months is needed for a non-US citizen to make visa and other travel arrangements.
- Although the working title will be Presidential Chair, the individual will be appointed as a Visiting Professor (Title Code 1108-1714).
- The appointment will be governed by APM 230 and the academic home department(s) will be required to submit an appointment packet through the Advance system.
A maximum of $150,000 may be awarded to a Presidential Chair appointee for the upcoming fiscal year.
- The award amount is commensurate with the duration of the appointment.
- Award funds may be used to support the recipient’s salary (with appropriate justification), instructional activities, research, or other creative activities of the incumbent chair holder.
- If justified by the proposal, associated costs such as housing, travel, research supplies and other related expenses may also be considered.
- Funds may be used to reimburse a Visiting title for one round-trip airline ticket on the condition that they are also employed for an equivalent of full-time service for a minimum of 1 quarter (10 weeks) [APM 230]. This service (i.e., 400 hours) could be accumulated over multiple visits.
- All expenditures should follow the terms and conditions of the Presidential Chair Award and applicable University policies. Information provided under Resources (including the UCSF Presidential Chair Award - Policy and Budget Guide).
- Please work with the UCSF host school/department dean’s office, finance services and HR Academic Affairs divisions to ensure compliance with the appropriate policies with respect to the proposed budget.
- Host Department(s) Responsibilities
The host department(s) is responsible for all aspects of the nominee’s visit, including:
- Publicity and campus announcements related to the appointee.
- Setting up the appointment.
- Working with the department’s HR Service Center representatives.
- Helping the recipient access resources.
- Providing appropriate advice on housing and living in the local community.
- Assuring that the visa process is appropriately handled for international recipients.
- Making all expense reimbursements and payroll arrangements for the recipient during the term of the professorship.
- Working with the appropriate administrators to ensure the budget proposal complies with the APM 230 and other UC policies with respect to salary, qualifying for travel (including airfare) and reimbursement of expenses. Policy details and budget tools provided below under Resources.
- Within two months after the Presidential Chair appointment ends, the host department will submit a brief report to the Office of the Vice Provost Academic Affairs.
- The report should summarize the Presidential Chair’s activities and provide an account of the funds expended.
- Nomination Process and Requirements
Nomination packets submitted by departments are reviewed by an ad hoc committee appointed by the Vice Provost Academic Affairs. The Vice Provost will make the final decision based on the committee’s recommendations, at which point all nominators will be notified.
The following criteria are used to evaluate the nominations:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a physical presence on campus is not a requirement for the FY2021-22 Presidential Chair.
Presidential Chairs are intended to do one (or more) of the following:
- If encouraging new program development,
- How does this program relate to and enhance existing programs?
- Or in what way does it fill a need not currently met on campus?
- Who will benefit from having that need filled?
- If encouraging interdisciplinary program development,
- What special qualities does this program have that will promote success across disciplines?
- Are the disciplines to be bridged commonly paired, or are there unusual, innovative, or novel bridges that may be formed?
- If enhancing quality in existing academic programs,
- How broad is the benefit likely to be?
- Which UCSF groups will benefit: faculty, trainees, students, staff, all?
- Which sites/programs will benefit?
[UCSF Presidential Chair Guidelines- 1]
Based on the proposal, will the Presidential Chair:
- Generate appropriate campus-wide activities and publicity?
- Present a major public lecture or series of lectures?
[UCSF Presidential Chair Guidelines, Sect. 1 & 3]
- If encouraging new program development,
- Distinction and Qualifications:
- Has the nominee achieved a high level of distinction in their area of expertise?
- Are they recognized as a leader in their field?
- Will the level of distinction of the candidate prompt an extraordinary degree of participation and response from campus groups?
- How appropriate are the candidate’s qualifications for the plan?
- What special qualities does the candidate bring to UCSF that will promote success (for a group, department, school or organization)?
- Employment duration and effort:
- Will the candidate be employed for an equivalent of full-time service for a minimum of 1 quarter (10 weeks)?
- This service (i.e., 400 hours) may be accumulated over multiple visits/engagements as is recommended by the Vice Provost and in comportment with the travel reimbursement requirements for Visiting Professors [APM-230-20h(1)]
- Does the nominee have broad support from UCSF faculty?
- Will the candidate be seen as a campus-wide resource? [APM-265, Sect. 6]
- Distinction and Qualifications:
- Does the plan utilize novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies?
- Is a refinement, improvement or new application proposed?
- What area(s) of the candidate’s expertise will contribute to program innovation?
- Appropriateness of proposed budget. Are budget items justified and reasonable in relation to the proposal?
- Is the proposed salary (if any) justified and reasonable in relation to the nominee’s appointment time and duration?
- Does the budget comply with APM, UCSF Campus and VPAA administration policies?
- For details about budget criteria and policies, please reference the policy and budget guide.
- Use of the budget template is encouraged.
- Overall Impact
- What relevance does the program have to the UCSF's mission and values?
- In what ways will the program enrich campus academic life? [UCSF Presidential Chair Guidelines, Sect. 1]
- Will the program have broad impact across the campus as a whole - across groups (students, trainees, faculty), across sites?
- If encouraging interdisciplinary program development, will the program have broad impact across programs, across disciplines or across schools?
- In what areas will the impact be felt? Research/ or Clinical Care? Teaching? Public/University Service?
- To what extent have the sponsors planned campus activities that will maximize participation from different constituencies? To what extent will the planned activities be “campus-wide” and accessible to a broad spectrum of the UCSF community?
- What lasting value will derive from this visit? What is the likelihood that benefits from the visit will outlast the nominee’s appointment term?
- What is the likelihood that the nominee or/and proposal will have a sustained influence on the campus? On the broader academic community? On the field?
- Nomination Packet
The nomination packet must include all components below. To submit, all documents must be combined into a single PDF document.
1. Completed nomination form (view past nomination form).
2. Nomination statement (summary of the purpose of the proposed appointment and of the scholar’s intended activities while at UCSF).
3. Detailed budget - $150,000 maximum. (Resources: budget template and policy and budget guide).
4. Justification of budget items. Describe the purpose, necessity and cost break-down of all items listed in the budget (support with UC business and finance policy when possible).
5. Letter of support and concurrence from the dean of the relevant school. As appropriate, faculty who would benefit from the appointment should also provide letters of support.
6. CV of the nominee.
Submit packet via email as a single PDF file to: Abby Draper. Due: (Date TBD)
Brian Alldredge, Vice Provost Academic Affairs
c/o: Abby Draper, Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost
- Key Dates
General Timeline: Nominations Open September Nominations Closed January Nominators Notified March Deadline TBD
- Presidential Chair Award Recipients
2021-22 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
Department of Epidemiology
Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia
Satcher Health Leadership Institute
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Engage with UCSF partners to create an equity roadmap at UCSF guided by three principles: valuing all individuals and populations equally, recognizing and rectifying historical injustices, and providing resources according to need. Identify levers for intervention within the UCSF context to dismantle racism (and other systems of structured inequity) in health science, education, academic careers, care delivery, and discovery.
List of Past Award Recipients
Chair Holder Discipline Proposal 2019-20 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient Mauro Costa Mattioli, MS, PhD Neuroscience Establish Research Programs to Identify Small Molecule Activators of Translation (SMARTs) and to “treat the brain through the gut”; develop and teach an interdisciplinary lecture series covering recent discoveries that link nutrition, the microbiome, and mental health; organize an international symposium held at UCSF related to the topic of protein quality control and brain function. 2018-19 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient Christine Cassel, MD, MACP Medicine Engaging with leadership, faculty and trainees on advancing work related to bioethics, professionalism and the role of technology for health care in an aging society. Cees P.M. van der Vleuten, PhD Educational Development and Research Advance the concepts of programmatic assessment and assessment for learning at UCSF with lectures, retreats and workshops involving all schools. Implement programmatic assessments within the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy; provide a model for the Schools of Nursing and Dentistry. 2016-17 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient Rickard Brånemark, MD, PhD, MS Orthopaedic
Establish a nationally renowned Osseointegration Center at UCSF, recognized for innovation and advancement in amputation surgery, prosthetic restoration, and rehabilitation techniques. William J. Landis, PhD Polymer Science Advance research and encourage appreciation of mineral formation through programs, conferences and lectures on mineralization and its roles in human health and disease. 2015-16 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN Physiological
Serve as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research, education and practice development at UCSF, with transitions in health and health care as the unifying theme. 2014-15 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient Harvey Fineberg, MD, MPH, MPP Medicine: Public
Time and research will focus on global health workforce and technology; improvement of health systems performance; precision medicine policy and economics, the role of media in shaping healthy behaviors. 2013-14 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient Wylie Burke, MD, PhD Epidemiology / Biostatistics Establish a UCSF Center for Transdisciplinary ELSI Research in Translational Genomics (CT2G). Daniel Le Grange, PhD, MA Pediatrics / Psychiatry Educate and collaborate within the UCSF community on the development of research and evidence-based clinical program focusing on the treatment of adolescents and young adults with eating disorders. 2011-12 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient Maria Roberto Cilio, MD, PhD Neurology Program to educate the UCSF community about the importance of recognizing seizures in the newly born, the effects of those seizures on the brain, and the resulting societal burden if the injury they cause. 2008-09 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient Judith Oulton, RN Nursing Educate, collaborate and act as a resource for faculty and trainees of all four schools within the UCSF on global health issues and global health research. 2007-08 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient Bruce S. McEwen, PhD Psychiatry Educational programs developed in collaboration with UCSF faculty on research findings involving stress, aging, hormones, neurological systems and social environment. 2006-07 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient Jaime Sepulveda Amor, MD, MPH, DSc Global Health Sciences/ Community Health Systems Collaborate with UCSF School of Nursing and Global Health Sciences (GHS) in tackling emerging issues in public health policy; engage with all UCSF community on global health issues. 2004-05 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient Eleanor Vogt, RPh, PhD Clinical Pharmacy Develop systems approaches to patient and medication safety with an emphasis in community pharmacy at UCSF. John S. Oxford, PhD Laboratory
Michael Meaney, PhD Psychiatry 2001-02 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient Christopher Dobson, FRS Neurology