The Distinguished Professor designation is the highest academic title at RIT and is given to faculty who have exhibited a record of sustained excellence over the course of their careers.
Distinguished Professors must be professors holding tenure or granted tenure under expedited review (Policy E06.1).
Faculty must have exhibited a record of singular excellence sustained over the course of their careers, as demonstrated by extraordinary scholarly contributions manifested in leading journal publications, books, or creative accomplishments; and at least one of the following:
Preeminent teaching ability that creates significant and lasting contributions to the practice of teaching that go beyond the university; or,
Exemplary service that impacts one’s professional field or the lives of others in extraordinary ways.
Nomination for the Distinguished Professor title is initiated by the nominee’s dean or by an RIT professor. Self-nominations are prohibited.