Distinguished Faculty

Distinguished Faculty Program

SRA International’s Distinguished Faculty (DF) program is comprised of professionals in the field of research administration who help SRA International achieve its mission goals:

  • The education of research administrators, professionals in related fields, and the public through the exchange of information, individual contacts, professional presentations, formal and informal meetings and publications.
  • The improvement of communication among researchers, host institutions and organizations, the sponsors of research, research administrators and the general public.

SRA International Distinguished Faculty (DF) members:

  • Enhance the professional development of research administrators around the world by creating and presenting high quality education and training content that adds to the body of knowledge in the field of research administration.
  • Serve as “thought leaders” to help the Society develop educational programming that is responsive to the significant events, complex issues and new trends impacting the field. 

2017 Application Process - Deadline Friday, June 2 

Any SRA International member in good standing (i.e., dues are current) can nominate themselves or another SRA International member in good standing for DF status by completing the online application by June 2, 2017. 

To nominate someone for this honor:

  1. The nominator should submit a letter online describing how he/she is acquainted with the nominee and why the nominator believes the nominee meets the selection criteria for DF status listed below. 
  2. The individual nominated must complete the nomination process by providing to SRA International online an up-to-date resume/CV that highlights the individual’s activities as an instructor, speaker, webinar/workshop leader and/or mentor, as well as any education-service related activities in the field of RA (e.g., serving as a track chair for a RA meeting).

A self-nominee should:

  1. Submit a letter to SRA International online describing why he/she deserves this honor based on the selection criteria for DF status listed below.
  2. The self-nominee should also ask a professional reference who is a SRA International member in good standing to submit a support letter to SRA International describing why the reference believes the candidate meets the selection criteria for DF status listed below. 
  3. The self-nominee should complete his/her application for DF status by providing SRA International with an up-to-date resume or CV that highlights the individual’s activities as an instructor, speaker, webinar/workshop leader and/or mentor, as well as any education-service related activities in the field of research administration.

Nominee’s presentation evaluation data from previous SRA International events will be available to the selection committee for review.

Eligibility Criteria

The Chair of the DF Subcommittee under the EPDC shall convene a Selection Panel to evaluate each nominee according to the following criteria:

  1. SRA International Membership: The individual nominated for DF status must be a member in good standing of SRA International at the time of nomination.
  2. Expertise in Research Administration: There must be evidence in the materials provided that the nominee is recognized by his/her peers as a subject matter expert in one or more areas within the Body of Knowledge of research administration.
  3. Teaching Excellence: There must be evidence in the materials provided that the individual has developed and presented high quality education and training content that adds to the body of knowledge. Engagement in education-service related activities in the field of research administration will also be considered.

Terms and Expectations of Distinguished Faculty 

After being selected as a DF member, the DF member will be expected to continue to contribute to the Society and the field of research administration.  Therefore, each DF member’s status will be considered for renewal every three years.

See complete guidelines for details and change in DF status.

Recognition and Appreciation

The Society’s goal is to involve its active DF members in achieving the educational goals of the Society. Towards this end SRA International will:

  1. Recognize DF members at SRA events and in conference programs, web sites, webinars and publications.
  2. Invite DF members to submit proposals to participate as speakers, workshop leaders and leaders of other educational venues and ask DF members to fill content gaps in programming as needed.

SRA International appreciates the time and talents DF provides to support the society and recognizes their efforts by:

  1. Automatically inviting DF to participate in the SRA International speakers’ bureau and the Mentorship program
  2. Participate in society planning to:
    1. Help envision and plan the future educational activities of the Society in relationship to existing and emerging needs of the profession.
    2. Design, plan and identify DF participants to carry out special educational projects as needed to strengthen the Society and/or the profession in general.
    3. Engage in collegial discussions and benefit from peer presentations on topics of interest to enhance the professional development of all DF.
    4. Recognize incoming DF members and list their contributions to the profession.


For more information, view the complete revised Distinguished Faculty Guidelines recently approved by the SRAI Board.

Apply Online
Once submitted your online application will be forwarded to the DF Subcommittee for consideration.
The DF Subcommittee will notify you of acceptance.


If you are interested in having a member of SRA International's Speaker's Bureau present a session or workshop for your program or organization, please contact Shelby Montgomery, Programs Associate, at srameetings@srainternational.org.