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Gabilan Distinguished Professorship in Science and Engineering

Deadline: March 22, 2017 (Proposals will be solicited once to twice per year, and future deadlines will be announced at a later date.)

Goal: To increase the representation of women in science and engineering and foster a community where faculty and students can thrive by recognizing outstanding mid-career/senior (tenured) faculty who will also make significant contributions to the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Program goals.

Eligibility: The Gabilan Distinguished Professorship in Science and Engineering will be awarded for a period of three years to an outstanding mid-career/senior (tenured) faculty with a primary appointment in engineering, natural science, or math who also contributes significantly to WiSE affairs. The holder of the Gabilan Distinguished Professorship in Science and Engineering is expected to have made contributions, for example, to the mentoring of junior female faculty, students, and postdoctoral scholars. With the help of the WiSE funds, it is expected that the WiSE activities will enhance the research program of the Professorship holder.

As with all WiSE support, the WiSE contribution will be used to embellish and augment existing research funds. $10,000/year for a maximum of 3 years will be allocated to the Professorship holder’s research fund. These funds are discretionary but will not be used to pay regular academic-year salary.

Selection Process and Criteria: Two criteria will be used: academic excellence and WiSE contributions.

  • Academic excellence. The candidate will satisfy criteria of excellence as established by WiSE and will be recommended by a committee of senior faculty (from across the WiSE-eligible departments).
  • WiSE contributions. The Professorship holder is expected to have made substantial contributions to the WiSE Program at USC in areas such as: mentoring of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students; establishing new WiSE activities, and participating in the current WiSE program.

Nominations will be solicited once to twice per academic year. Faculty will send their nominations by confidential memo to the Dean of their respective school. The Dean will forward all nominations to the WiSE Director, with a memo containing the Deans’ recommendations and (optional) rank ordering. A committee of senior faculty from the Viterbi School of Engineering, the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, and the WiSE Advisory Board will make the recommendations, which will be forwarded to the Provost for approval. Upon approval, selected nominees (and corresponding Department Chairs and Deans) will be notified.