Exceptional Service Support Program

The Exceptional Service Support Program acknowledges and supports faculty members, especially women and those from historically underrepresented groups, who are sometimes asked to service roles disproportionate to those of other faculty. Such service promotes the university’s interest in having a broad range of perspectives represented on important committees, engaging in governance, and taking on roles to support the university as an inclusive institution. The consequence for the faculty members providing disproportionately heavy service responsibilities, however, is that they have less time to satisfy the individual research requirements for promotion and professional advancement.

The program seeks to address unintended consequences of exceptional service, through funding support for release time from teaching. To offset the loss of teaching capacity, central funds will be provided to departments to hire an instructor to cover a single course, (about $8,000 excluding fringes and GS surcharge) during the time of the award.

The program is open to assistant and associate professors. In this second year, we expect to award up to 10 faculty members a release from teaching one course in academic year 2021-22.

2021-22 Nominations

Submission Process

  • The request for course release provided by the program is initiated with a nomination from a department chair or mentor.
  • Nominations should:
    • Identify the course form which the nominee will be released
    • Describe the work the nominee has done to advance the mission of the university through service (including evidence of significant advising of students and others beyond what is usually expected of faculty members)
    • Include a brief letter from the department chair (if the chair is not the nominator) supporting the course release and its timing.
  • Requests/nominations should be sent to the corresponding school/college dean’s office, with the expectation that deans’ offices will communicate an internal deadline by which they wish to receive all nominations from their school/college.
  • Deans’ offices should forward nominations to the Office of the Provost no later than March 5, 2021.

Review and Selection

Nominations will be evaluated by a small group that includes individuals from the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer. Awards will be announced by the end of March or early April of 2021.


Beth Meyerand
Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Affairs
Office of the Provost