FAQs About the Sundt Professorship

Here are some commonly asked questions and answers about the Sundt Professorship:


Who is eligible for the Sundt Professorship?

All full-time, tenured faculty, regardless of rank or college, are eligible to submit their proposals.

What is the term of the professorship?

The next Sundt Professor will be appointed for the 2019-2021 academic years. The professorship is filled every other year.

What are the benefits?

Sundt Professors are awarded biennially and are appointed to the chair for two academic years. During the first year of appointment, Sundt Honors Professors receive a $5,000 salary increment for that year. In addition, the Sundt Professor will have a fund of approximately $10,000 to develop and fund a class to be taught during the term of the professorship (see guidelines). During the second year of appointment, the recipient continues to hold the title of Sundt Professor (without salary increment) and may, at his/her option, teach a Sundt Honors Seminar, with partial support from the endowment.

When are applications due?

Complete applications are due on April 1 in Spring 2019. Selection will be announced in April, and the Sundt Professorship will commence at the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester and will be for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.

Who will be on the selection committee?

The selection committee will be comprised of the Dean of the Honors College (who will serve as chair), 2 Honors College faculty members, previous Sundt Professors, and one member of ADAC. If available, students who completed the previous Sundt course will be included on the selection committee.

What kinds of courses are you seeking for the Sundt Seminar?

We are seeking creative courses with innovative, experience-based learning components. Any field or subject may qualify. We encourage creative use of the Spring Break period, which may be used as a travel or laboratory experience. In lieu of or in addition to travel, we encourage proposals that bring outside experts to engage with the class. We especially encourage courses that have an international and inter-disciplinary component. The only restriction is that the course must be structured to satisfy Viewing the Wider World requirements.

Do I have to complete a Viewing the Wider World course proposal?

No. The course will be taught as HON 450V: The Sundt Honors Seminar and will carry a subtitle. HON 450V will be approved to satisfy the VWW requirement. We expect the Sundt Professor to use the Fall semester to complete the planning and development of the course.

Do I have to submit a full syllabus with my application?

No; but you should submit as much information as needed to ensure that it will meet the requirements of the professorship. See the guidelines for more specific information.

How do I submit my application?

Please submit all materials in a combined file, either in MS Word or PDF, on our application website. For detailed guidelines and application instructions, go to Sundt Professorship Application Guidelines.