The Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University

Funding Agency:
Duke University

Faculty and administrators at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University are asked to nominate outstanding scholars, artists, or practitioners for the Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship. Nominations are welcome for academic years 2019-20 and 2020-21.  Nominations are due by Friday, November 16, 2018.

The Keohane Professorship recognizes the remarkable contributions of Dr. Nannerl Keohane during her term as President of Duke University, and the unprecedented level of collaboration she and former UNC Chancellor James Moeser created between these two great institutions.

The award was created in 2004 by then Chancellor Moeser and is funded by Carolina graduate Julian Robertson and his late wife, Josie, of New York (parents of Spencer, Duke ’98, and Alex, UNC ’01, Robertson) and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.


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Areas of Interest

Goals of the Professorship

1. Promote inter-institutional collaboration and the enhancement of intellectual life at both universities by strengthening established or encouraging new collaborations;

2. Contribute to the teaching missions of both UNC and Duke, and in particular to the undergraduate curriculum, through a self-standing course or the co-teaching of one or more courses, or through a carefully planned series of guest appearances in a number of courses;

3. Provide at least one major public lecture or performance.

Past recipients have typically spent a semester or the equivalent of a semester in the program; however, proposals will be accepted for residencies of varying lengths based upon the schedule of the nominee and the collaborations proposed.  Past recipients have catalyzed cross-campus undergraduate and graduate programs, conducted joint projects with Carolina and Duke research centers, taught joint Carolina and Duke courses, and delivered major public addresses.

Eligibility Requirements

Nominations must address the institutional purpose of the Professorship – the advancement of inter-institutional collaboration and intellectual life – and should state explicitly the specific institutional purpose for which the person is being nominated followed by a description of qualifications and the activities that the nominee will undertake to fulfill that goal.

Nominations may be made by any faculty member or administrator of either institution, but must be accompanied by the signature of the Department Chairs or appropriate Institute Directors at both institutions. Students who wish to make a nomination will need to do so through a faculty member or administrator.

Nomination letters should be as specific as possible and

  • • state how the nominee will advance inter-institutional collaboration and intellectual life at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill;
    • describe the nominee’s qualifications including how s/he has demonstrated the ability to work across departmental or institutional boundaries;
    • identify what programmatic benefits would arise from his or her appointment as well as a plan for assessment of impact;
    • demonstrate the enthusiasm of groups on both campuses and make clear how the nominee will help to create new initiatives that will serve both UNC and Duke; and
    • include the nominee’s CV.



Amount Description

The recipient is entitled to a payment of $60,000 US dollars (before taxes) for a full semester residency or $30,000 for a half semester residency (or its equivalent). Fringe benefits are also provided at a rate of 10% of the stipend payment.  The recipient may request reimbursement for a maximum amount of $20,000 US dollars ($10,000 for a half semester residency) for costs associated with the Professorship which could include housing, travel (including dependents), research, and other related expenses. Stipend and expense levels for recipients visiting for other periods of time may be negotiated; however, each professorship must involve a period of time sufficient to allow the goals of the professorship to be met.  In order to be reimbursed, the award recipient must provide the necessary documentation and receipts of the expenses within 30 days of the conclusion of the Professorship. The award is contingent on the ability of the recipient to receive the funds.  International recipients are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa in order to receive payment.  Sponsoring departments also will receive $5,000 per visitor for expenses associated with public lectures or performances.

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 16, 2018