Distinguished Early Career Scholars Program

Distinguished Early Career Scholars Program

The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce The Ohio State University Distinguished Early Career Scholars Program for Autumn 2022 or Autumn 2023.

Ohio State’s Distinguished Early Career Scholars Program is designed to attract, recruit and retain the highest caliber early-career faculty. Open to all disciplines, this program demonstrates Ohio State’s commitment to academic excellence.

Program Overview

Upon entry to the program, Scholars become part of a multidisciplinary cohort and will take part in dedicated activities focused on research and scholarship, participate in social programming, and interact with university leaders and administrators. In addition, each Scholar will receive a named professorship for the first five years of their appointment, annual research funding and a year to devote to their scholarship in which they are released from regular duties.

College Application Process

Candidates are confidentially nominated by their dean, who submits a rationale for why the candidate is outstanding and a rising star in their field. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates must have a PhD or terminal degree in hand at the time of nomination. There are many measures of excellence, however, having a competing offer from a peer institution is a compelling measure. Nominations will be assessed by a faculty committee which will make a recommendation to the Office of Academic Affairs. The award is communicated to candidates by OAA following the departmental offer of hire.

In addition to attracting new recruits for the 2022-2023 academic year, Ohio State faculty who are on the tenure track, hired in the previous two years, and are considered exceptional scholars by their units may be nominated to join the inaugural cohort of Scholars.

To ensure consideration of the nomination, and before an offer is made, deans are to submit the following information, using “Distinguished Early Career Scholar” in the subject line, to facultyaffairs@osu.edu as soon as a final candidate has been identified.

  • Nomination letter from the dean
    • Include an assessment of the candidate’s work and promise; explain why they are a rising scholar in their field (e.g., creativity, shaping future direction); what specific contributions do you hope the candidate will bring to the college and university; and any scholarly outcomes, including funding and publications
  • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Candidate’s cover letter or statement of scholarship
  • Sample publications
  • Letters of recommendation from appointment packet

Per Faculty Rule 3335-6-03, appointments on the tenure track are probationary until the sixth-year review with required annual reviews.

The program

  • a named Provost’s Professorship for the first five years of their Ohio State career
  • a contribution from OAA for five years, or until promotion to associate professor (whichever comes first), to be used for research support, start-up costs, and/or to invite collaborators to campus
  • a year devoted to scholarship (releasing the Scholar from instruction and service duties; mentoring graduate students will continue)
  • participation in a multidisciplinary cohort of Scholars, which will include social and professional development events focused on research and scholarship