Scientia Professors

Approving Authority:
President & Vice-Chancellor
Date of Approval:
1 December 1997
Last Amended:
April 2016
Contact Officer:
David Gleeson, Academic Promotions Manager

1. Preamble

UNSW highly values excellence in both teaching and research and recognises the need for excellence in both core activities of university life to maintain its position at the leading edge of Australian universities. In its determination to be a truly world class university, UNSW must provide special support and particular recognition of research performance.

In December 1997 the University Council approved a proposal by the Vice-Chancellor to establish a special category of Professor to recognise outstanding research performance. Such persons will be known as Scientia Professors, the term "Scientia" being drawn from the University's arms and reflecting the University's commitment to the promotion of all branches of intellectual and practical scholarship.

The Scientia Professor Protocol supports the guiding principles and values in the UNSW 2025 Strategy including:
  • Initiative and creativity
  • Merit and excellence
  • High ethical standards
  • Opportunity and diversity
  • Teamwork and high service standards
  • Accountability and transparency
What we value is embedded in our policies, processes and procedures. The number of Scientia Professors at any one time will not be fixed, but to preserve this distinction for true international eminence in research, Scientia Professors would represent, in time, up to a proportion of the Professoriate similar to the proportion the Professoriate is of the total academic staff of the University.

2. Guidelines for the Award

The award of a Scientia Professorship will be upon recognition not only of past research eminence but also having regard to ongoing research and/or outstanding research stature.
Recognition of outstanding research performance will have two elements: the title of Scientia Professor; and a monetary award component of base salary plus up to 30% per annum to be used as salary supplementation. The title and monetary award are separate but related. Both will be considered when it is determined that a nominee should be recognised for distinguished research performance. It is possible for one to be awarded and not the other. Awards will be for six years.
Criteria for the award will centre on significant international recognition of prominence in research. Specific indicators will include:
  • An impressive portfolio of major publications with international publishers and world class journals;
  • Internationally recognised prizes, awards, patents, honours, membership of one of the four learned academies or comparable organisations etc;
  • Citation by a broad cross-section of peers internationally;
  • Reports of six referees, of which the majority are international if appropriate and possible; and
  • Evaluation of future research potential and benefits to the University's research profile.
  • There is an expectation that all nominees will have a close association with UNSW in that research income by way of grant support will be administered through the grants research office at UNSW.


3. Procedure for the 2016 Round

Normally by mid year of every second year, the President and Vice-Chancellor will write to all Professors in the University inviting them to indicate one or more of their fellow members of the Professoriate for consideration for appointment as a Scientia Professor.

Candidature for the Scientia Professor award will arise through peer-nomination, not self-nomination, although a nominee's agreement that their nomination can go forward will be required.

The President and Vice-Chancellor has the authority to confirm Scientia Professorship appointments and in doing so will ensure that those recommended for appointments have adhered to the guiding principles and values of the University and that hey have adhered at all times to the University's Code of Conduct.

Note: The President and Vice-Chancellor may decide not to seek nominations in any scheduled year, for example, if the current proportion of the Professoriate who are Scientia Professors is close to or exceeds the proportion of the Professoriate to the total academic staff of the University.
  • Members of the Professoriate should convey nominations, by Monday 25 July 2016 and in confidence, to the relevant Dean or the Rector of UNSW Canberra.
  • Deans / Rector may seek further confidential advice from senior colleagues as to the suitability of potential nominees. It is those nominees whose names the Dean / Rector plans forwarding to the University Scientia Professor Committee who will be asked by their Dean/Rector if they wish to be considered for appointment as Scientia Professor. The Dean / Rector should finalise their list of nominees as soon as possible and are encouraged to consider the gender balance of their list of nominees. The Dean / Rector should affirm that each nominee adheres to what we value as a University.
  • The Dean / Rector in conjunction with the relevant Head of School (or past Head of School if the current Head is a nominee) will prepare a list of names of possible referees agreed to by the nominee. From this list six will be selected by the Dean / Rector in conjunction with the Head of School. Referees will usually be internationally distinguished peers.
  • Human Resources will provide documentation concerning the nominee (see Section 4) to the selected referees and seek their comments on the significance, impact and international standing of the nominee's research.
  • Nominations need to be submitted to Human Resources by Monday 8 August 2016. Human Resources will write to all referees by 22 August 2016 and request return of reports by 17 October 2016. If referees are unable or unwilling to provide reports by the required time, Human Resources will need to ask additional referees to provide reports.
  • The University Scientia Professor Committee will consider all documentation in respect of each nominee and make recommendations to the President and Vice-Chancellor. 
  • The University Scientia Professor Committee shall comprise the President and Vice-Chancellor (chair), the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), the President of the Academic Board and five current serving Scientia Professors nominated by the President and Vice-Chancellor and drawn from a cross section of disciplines from within the University and with regard to gender balance.
  • In the course of their deliberations, the Scientia Professor Committee may call upon respective Dean/Rector to attend the committee meeting so as to assist in the assessment and evaluation of particular nominations where it is felt appropriate.
  • The December meeting of Council will be informed by the President and Vice-Chancellor of appointments to Scientia Professorships.


4. Nominees Documentation

Nominees should provide the Dean of the Faculty or the Rector of UNSW Canberra with the following:

  • A description (no more than four pages) of the nominee's research with particular regard to international impact and standing. The first page needs to be an Executive Summary page which outlines past and present achievements.  It is important that nominees use this Executive Summary page to present a clear and concise desciption of the nominee's research that is clearly understood by non-discipline experts.
  • Information on individual and collaborative research activities should be included.  It is essential that the nominee clearly articulate their own distinct contribution to their respective research field, a unique contribution which has been recognised by inerntional leaders in the field.  The emphasis should be placed on impact and quality rather than the quantity or a mere description of research outputs.
  • A description (in no more than one page) of the nominee's proposed research project/program for the next five to six years.  Again, the emphasis is placed upon presenting a concise description that would be understood by non-discipline experts.
  • A full curriculum vitae showing academic and professional qualifications as well as appointments, honours, awards, prizes and membership of the learned academies or equivalent organisations.  Details of research student supervision, publications, research grants and work other than publications to be considered as achievement in research should be included and reported according to the norms of the nominee's discipline. The onus is on the nominee to provide concise evidence and data that clearly supports the case being presented.  As part of the documentation, nominees should complete the Research and Related Activities Form (refer to Academic Promotion documentation on the HR website).
  • It is also the responsibility of the Dean of the Faculty or Rector, UNSW Canberra, to provide a nomination letter which briefly outlines the merits of the nomination.


5. Renomination Procedure

  • A Scientia Professor whose term of appointment is due to expire may be renominated and re - appointed for a further term(s).
  • Prior to the official announcement of a Scientia Professor Round by the President and Vice-Chancellor, Deans / Rector will confer with the current Scientia Professor(s) within their respective Faculty whose terms is due to expire.
  • For those Scientia Professors who wish to be renominated, the Dean / Rector will provide the following documentation:
(i)    The relevant Dean / Rector's recommendation on the merits of the case for re - appointment
(ii)    A brief overview of the nominee's current research program highlighting both achievements and significant changes that have occurred since the period of the previous appointment
(iii)   A brief overview of the nominee's future research plans for the next five to six years.
  • In cases where current Scientia Professors have been renominated, the nomination will be considered in the first instance by a sub-committee of the University's Scientia Professor Committee namely the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and the President of the Academic Board.
  • The sub-committee will then provide a recommendation to the President and Vice-Chancellor as to whether the nominee should be re- appointed as a Scientia Professor for a further term or whether the nominee's application needs to be assessed by the University's Scientia Professor Committee.
  • A member of academic staff may be renominated following an unsuccessful nomination.
 Note: Where a decision not to consider nominations for Scientia Professors is taken in any year, the next year in which nominations are allowed will be considered to be the 'following' round for the purposes of renomination.


6. Appeals

The final decision on whether or not an appointment as Scientia Professor is to be recommended to Council is made by the Scientia Professorship Committee on the evidence presented. This decision must be in accordance with the University's Equity and Diversity Policy Statement and is a qualitative judgment, in the context of the documentation provided, by the duly constituted committee recommending to Council. No provision for an appeal against a decision can be made except in cases where there has been significant breach of fair and proper procedures. Where there are grounds for considering that such a breach has occurred, nominees may appeal directly to the President and Vice-Chancellor, who will ensure that the matter is fully investigated.  Before such an appeal can be made, the unsuccessful nominee must have sought feedback on the reasons for the University's decision from the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.


7. Monetary Award Component

The award of a monetary component will be determined by the Chair of the Scientia Committee in consultation with the relevant Dean / Rector  and may be up to 30% of base Professorial salary to be used as salary supplementation.  The full amount will not normally be paid in cases where the Scientia Professor is already receiving additional remuneration such as, salary supplementation or a Federation Fellowship.  This however does not apply to responsibility loadings, for example, a Head of School allowance.

The monetary component of the award will be the responsibility of the respective Faculties.

If a Scientia Professor ceases to be an employee of the University or takes leave without pay during a period of appointment as a Scientia Professor, any monetary component will cease.



Contact


For information regarding nomination to Scientia Professor contact David Gleeson, Academic Promotions Manager on ext: 52716.

UNSW Scientia Professors

Term of Appointment from 01/01/2017 until 31/12/2022
Professor Bernard Balleine   School of Psychology
Professor Michael Barton   South Western Clinical School
Professor Mark Bradford   School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (re-appointed)
Professor Henry Brodaty   School of Psychiatry (re-appointed)
Professor Richard Bryant   School of Psychology (re-appointed)
Professor David Cooper   The Kirby Institute (re-appointed)
Professor Louisa Degenhardt   National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
Professor Andrew Dzurak   School of Electrical Engineering and Teclecommunications (re-appointed)
Professor Louise Edwards   School of Humanities and Languages
Professor Joseph Forgas   School of Psychology
Professor Jacob Goeree   School of Economics
Professor Justin Gooding   School of Chemisty (re-appointed)
Professor Martin Green   School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Engineering (re-appointed)
Professor Gernot Heiser   School of Computor Science and Engineering (re-appointed)
Professor Gary Housley   School of Medical Sciences
Professor Sephen Lord   Neuroscience Research Australia
Professor Nigel Lovell   Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering (re-appointed)
Professor Ronald Masulis   School of banking and Finance (re-appointed)
Professor Andrew Martin   School of Education
Professor John Piggott   School of Economics (re-appointed)
Professor Rosemary Rayfuse   School of Law
Professor John Roberts   School of Marketing
Professor Derrick Silove   School of Psychiatry
Professor Martina Stenzel   School of Chemistry
Professor David Waite   School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (re-appointed)
Professor Toby Walsh   School of Computer Science and Engineering
Professor George Williams   School of Law (re-appointed)
Professor Jingling Xue   School of Computer Science and Engineering
     
Term of Appointment from 01/01/2015 until 31/12/2020    
Professor Peter Aggleton    Centre for Social Research in Health
Professor Rose Amal    School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (re-appointed)
Professor Boualem Benatallah    School of Computer Science and Engineering
Professor Robert Brooks    School of Biological,  Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor Helen Christensen    The Black Dog Institute
Professor Dennis Del Favero    Centre for Interactive Cinema
Professor Matthew England    Climate Change Research Centre
Professor Victor Flambaum    School of Physics (re-appointed)
Professor Katharina Gaus    Centre for Vascular Research
Professor John Kaldor    Kirby Institute
Professor Xuemin Lin    School of Computer Science and Engineering
Professor Philip Mitchell    School of Psychiatry (re-appointed)
Professor Julian Murphet    School of the Arts and Media
Professor Sven Rogge    School of Physics
Professor Perminder Sachdev    School of Psychiatry (re-appointed)
Professor Veena Sahajwalla    School of Materials Science and Engineering (re-appointed)
Professor Michelle Simmons    School of Physics (re-appointed)
Professor Stuart Wenham    School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (re-appointed)
Professor Alan Woodland    School of Economics (re-appointed)
Professor Liangchi Zhang    School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (re-appointed)
     
Term of Appointment from 01/01/2013 until 31/12/2018
Professor Ross Buckley   School of Law
Professor Alexander Hamilton   School of Physics
Professor Mark Harris   Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity
Professor Robert Kohn   School of Economics (reappointed)
Professor Jane McAdam   School of Law
Professor Trevor McDougall   School of Mathematics and Statistics
Professor Brett Neilan   School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Professor Gordon Parker   School of Psychiatry (reappointed)
Professor Paul Patton   School of Humanities
Professor George Paxinos   Neuroscience Research Australia
Professor Ian Petersen   School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, UNSW Canberra (reappointed)
Professor Deo Prasad   School of The Built Environment
Professor Roger Simnett   School of Accounting
Professor Ken Trotman   School of Accounting (reappointed)
Professor Fred Westbrook   School of Psychology (reappointed)
     
Term of Appointment from 01/01/11 until 31/12/2016
Professor Mark Bradford   School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Henry Brodaty   School of Psychiatry
Professor Richard Bryant   School of Psychology (reappointed)
Professor David Cooper   National centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research (reappointed)
Professor Jay Pil Choi   School of Economics
Professor Andrew Dzurak   School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
Professor Joseph Forgas   School of Psychology (reappointed)
Professor John Gascoigne   School of History and Philosophy
Professor Martin Green   School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Engineering (reappointed)
Professor Justin Gooding   School of Chemistry
Professor Gernot Heiser   School of Computer Science and Engineering
Professor Nigel Lovell   Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering
Professor Ronald Masulis   School of Banking and Finance
Professor John Piggott   School of Economics
Professor David Waite   School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor George Williams   School of Law
     
Term of Appointment from 01/01/09 until 31/12/2014
Professor Victor Flambaum   School of Physics
Professor Staffan Kjelleberg   School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Professor Stuart Wenham   Centre for Photovoltaic Engineering
Professor Michelle Simmons   Centre for Quantum Computer Technology
Professor Rose Amal   School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering
Professor Alan Woodland   School of Economics
Professor Veena Sahajwalla   School of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor Neil Foster   School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering
Professor Philip Mitchell   School of Psychiatry
Professor Perminder Sachdev   School of Psychiatry
Professor Liangchi Zhang   School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
     
Term of Appointment from 01/01/07 until 31/12/2012
Professor Michael Cowling   School of Mathematics
Professor Ian Dawes   School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Professor Gordon Parker   School of Psychiatry
Professor Ken Trotman   School of Accounting
Professor Christine Alexander   School of English
Professor Colin Chesterman   Clinical School, Prince of Wales Hospital (retired January 2009)
Professor Robert Kohn   School of Economics
Professor Ian Petersen   School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, UNSW@ADFA
Professor Peter Saunders   Social Policy Research Centre
Professor Ian Tyrrell   School of History
Professor Fred Westbrook   School of Psychology
Professor Aibing Yu   School of Materials Science and Engineering