Rebecca Blank Professorship and the Hanns Kuttner Professorship

The Rebecca Blank Professorship and the Hanns Kuttner Professorship, two separate awards, were created to honor the leadership and service of former Chancellor Rebecca Blank and her husband, Hanns Kuttner. They will be awarded to recently tenured UW-Madison faculty who have built an outstanding record of teaching, research, and service. Faculty eligible for these professorships must have received tenure within the last four years.

These professorships will provide $45,000 annually, with half of this amount to be spent on salary coverage and the balance available to the recipient in a flexible research account. Recipients on 9-month appointments may use the flexible research account to draw summer salary support, if so desired. These professorships will be awarded for a five-year period and are renewable only in unusual circumstances. Selected faculty members will receive the professorship funds starting July 1 of the fiscal year after selection. Any unspent flexible research funding at the conclusion of the 5-year professorship can be carried over and used within three years after the expiration of the professorship.

Submitting a Nomination

Nomination Criteria

  1. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service
  2. Faculty eligible for these professorships must have received tenure within the last four years


Deans shall submit their nominees by March 1, 2023.

Nomination Process

The Dean’s Office submits nominations to the Office of the Provost.

  1. Create a single PDF file for each nomination that includes:
    • A cover page with the nominee’s name, department, school or college, and tenure date
    • Dean’s cover memo stating support for the nomination and ranking, if more than one person is being nominated
    • The nomination from the department, school, college, or division (two to three pages) that explains how the nominee was selected and highlights the major features of their work
    • The nominee’s curriculum vitae
    • Any additional relevant materials
    • Publications should not be submitted.  If viewable online, a listing of where to find electronic versions may be included.
  2. Name the PDF file “NomineeLastName-SchoolCollegeDivision-DateSubmitted” (for example, Smith-Education-2022-09-13.pdf).
  3. Upload the file to the Rebecca Blank and Hanns Kuttner Box folder.
  4. Representatives from the Office of the Provost review proposals and notify the dean of their decision.