Chair Appointments Committee

Information, policies and procedures

Information, policies and procedures relating to the Committee's terms of reference can be accessed below.

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Adjunct Professor (12 months or more) - title

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to confer the title of Adjunct Professor for a period of 12 months or more.

Adjunct Professorial titles may be conferred on persons who are expert in an appropriate field and who are contributing significantly to teaching and/or research and/or who are fostering partnerships between the University and industry, the profession or the wider community.

B

Bosch Professor - title

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to confer the title of Bosch Professor following the recommendation of the Dean of the appropriate Faculty.

George Henry Bosch was a Sydney businessman who funded new Chairs in various fields of medicine (1928).

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Chair

please see: Professor

Chair - name

The Chair Appointments Committee has authority to approve proposals for the name of chairs.

Note: The Committee does NOT approve the establishment of these positions.

Chair - change of name

The Chair Appointments Committee has authority to approve proposals to change the name of a chair.

Challis Professor - appointment

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to approve appointments to Challis Chairs.

Vacant Challis chairs are filled by advertisement when there is no professor in the relevant disciplines.

Challis Professor - title

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to confer the title of Challis Professor following the recommendation of the Dean of the appropriate Faculty.

In 1880 John Henry Challis bequeathed his residuary real and personal estate to the University of Sydney “to be applied for the benefit of that Institution in such manner as the governing body thereof shall direct.” Read details about the Challis bequest

Vacant Challis chairs are filled by the serving professor when the department does not wish to advertise.

Clinical Professor (12 months or more) - title

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to confer the title of Clinical Professor for a period of twelve months or more.

Clinical academic titles may be conferred primarily on salaried staff and visiting staff of teaching hospitals and on other health professionals who meet teaching needs, on a regular basis, which the University may not otherwise satisfy and who may also contribute to the University’s research activities.

Conjoint Professor - title

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to confer the title of Conjoint Professor.

Conjoint academic titles may be conferred on successful applicants for positions advertised conjointly by the University and external bodies, e.g. an Area Health Service or a research institute that has been formally recognised by the University as being affiliated with a Faculty.

Conjoint academic titles may be also conferred on persons already in a post (e.g. existing staff of an Area Health Service or existing staff of a research institute that has entered into an agreement with the University) provided they undertake to contribute to teaching, research and University, professional and community service and provided this meets with the approval of the external body.

Conjoint academic titles may, in addition, be conferred on NHMRC, ARC and other holders of nationally competitive peer-reviewed fellowships who undertake to contribute to undergraduate teaching and/or to postgraduate research supervision and/or to service to the University, the profession and the wider community, but only on appointment to the University.

D

Dean and Professor - appointment

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to approve appointments to Deanships and to confer the title of Professor on non-professorial staff who hold the position of Dean at the time and for the period of the appointment to the position.

E

Emeritus Professor - title

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to confer the title of Emeritus Professor on a retiring Professor of the University in recognition of sustained outstanding service at the University of Sydney.

K

Kellion Professor - title

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to confer the title of Kellion Professor following the recommendation of the Dean of the appropriate Faculty.

Claude Kellion AM established a Chair in Diabetes at the University of Sydney.

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McCaughey Professor - appointment

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to approve appointments to McCaughey chairs.

Vacant McCaughey chairs will be filled by advertisement when there is no professor in the relevant disciplines.

McCaughey Professor - title

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to confer the title of McCaughey Professor following the recommendation of the Dean of the appropriate Faculty.

A large bequest from Samuel McCaughey (1919) enabled the appointment of new Professors and Associate Professors in Arts, Engineering, Medicine, and Dentistry. (pdf)

Vacant McCaughey chairs will be filled by the serving professor when the department does not wish to advertise.

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Peter Nicol Russell Professor - title

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to confer the title of Peter Nicol Russell Professor following the recommendation of the Dean of the appropriate Faculty.

In 1896 Sir Peter Nicol Russell donated £50,000 for the endowment of the Department of Engineering. In 1904 a second sum of £50,000 was made as an extension of the first endowment, with an additional obligation for the establishment of efficient teaching in electrical engineering and for the foundation of additional scholarships. Read about the Peter Nicol Russell bequest.

Professor - appointment by advertisement

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to approve appointment of Professor by advertisement.

Professor - appointment without advertisement / by invitation

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to approve appointment of Professor without advertisement / by invitation.

Professor - appointment on nomination

  • The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to approve appointment of Professor on nomination.

Professor and Dean - appointment

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to approve appointments to Deanships and to confer the title of Professor on non-professorial staff who hold the position of Dean at the time and for the period of the appointment to the position.

Professor - 'Out of round' promotion

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to approve 'out of round' promotions to Professor.

This policy which was approved by the Academic Board permits a Head, Dean, Director, the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor or the Vice-Chancellor to initiate an out of rounds promotion procedure where a valuable staff member has been offered an appointment at another institution and the University wishes to offer promotion as a retention strategy.

Professor - promotion

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to approve promotions to Professor.

Applications for promotion are called for annually in the first half of the year, however some Faculties may elect to hold a second round in the second half of the year for promotions below Level E. In special circumstances, ‘out of round’ promotions may be considered (see above).

Professor - title

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to confer the title of Professor.

Professor - variation of contract

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to approve a variation of contract at Level E.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor - appointment

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to approve the appointment of Pro Vice-Chancellor and to confer the title of Professor on non-professorial staff who hold the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor at the time and for the period of the appointment to the position.

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University Chair - appointment

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to approve appointments to University Chairs.

University Chairs have been established to recognise and reward members of University staff who are internationally acknowledged scholars of exceptional distinction or to attract such scholars to the University.

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Visiting Professor (12 months or more) - title

The Chair Appointments Committee has delegated authority to confer the title of Visiting Professor on a Professor from another university, or a person with equivalent status, who is visiting a School.

A Visiting Professor is expected to make a significant contribution to the teaching and/or research/scholarship/creative work of the University.