Regents Policy 2306: POLICY ON REGENTS' PROFESSORS
Approved May 15, 1959
Updated September 22, 2005
In 1952, The Regents established the Regents' Professor and Regents' Lecturer programs. The purpose of the
programs is to bring to the University persons of distinguished achievement who are not normally engaged in
academic life. Their achievements are expected to be equivalent to those on which regular University faculty
appointments are based. It is expected that the contact of appointees with students and faculty will enrich
the instructional programs and learning environment of the University. The titles "Regents' Professor" and
"Regents' Lecturer" are used to emphasize the prestige and distinction of incumbents and their special role
in campus academic life.
A. Regents' Professor
A Regents' Professor serves for a semester/quarter or an academic year. The appointment of a Regents' Professor
is made by The Regents, upon recommendation of the President after appropriate campus review. A Regents' Professor
is expected to be available for lectures, seminars, and conferences on University of California campuses other
than at the one where he or she has an appointment. A Regents' Professor may participate in courses of instruction,
and may teach or co-teach a course given for credit, at the discretion of the department chair or dean, and with
the concurrence of the appropriate bodies of the Academic Senate.
B. Regents' Lecturer
A Regents' Lecturer serves for a relatively short term, in accordance with the guidelines established by the
President. The Chancellor is authorized to make Regents' Lecturer appointments, after appropriate campus review.
The criteria for a Regents' Lecturer appointment shall be achievements equivalent to those on which appointments
to regular University lectureships are based. A Regents' Lecturer is expected to offer public lectures and to be
available for seminars, colloquia, and informal consultation with students and faculty members.