Proposals sought for Bloomberg Distinguished Professorships

The Office of the Provost is now accepting another round of Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship proposals to engage world-class scholars and educators to join the Johns Hopkins University community. Faculty members are invited to work with deans and academic center directors to nominate an individual or outline criteria for a thematic search by Nov. 2.

Guidelines for submissions are available on the Office of the Provost website.

The Bloomberg Distinguished Professorships were created with a generous gift from Johns Hopkins alumnus and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The program is making significant progress toward creating a cohort of 50 professors.

"To date, 14 exceptional interdisciplinary faculty members have been officially named Bloomberg Distinguished Professors," said Robert C. Lieberman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, in a message to faculty. "They have established a high standard of collaboration, scholarship, teaching, and community service that defines the program. We have several more individuals poised to take appointments this year, and nearly two dozen additional searches are underway."

The professors hold appointments in at least two units of the university, which may include divisions or freestanding academic centers, such as the Berman Institute of Bioethics. They focus their research on signature initiatives and other areas important to the university's future, and teach undergraduate and graduate students.

Candidates must be scholars of exceptional distinction, be qualified for a tenured (or equivalent) appointment at the rank of associate or full professor at Johns Hopkins, and possess a record of accomplishment and scholarly achievement that indicates a strong potential for creative leadership crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries.

"In consultation with a faculty committee, President Ron Daniels and I will evaluate the submissions and select the proposals with the most potential to advance the university's goal of innovative cross-disciplinary excellence," Lieberman said.

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