The Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professorship in the College of Liberal Arts came to
Towson University through the transfer of a program previously associated with Baltimore
Hebrew University. Towson University and the College recognize and acknowledge the
generosity of Richard Pearlstone who through his gifts created a lasting memorial
to his mother, Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone.
The Professorship in its standards and its implementation reflects Mrs. Pearlstone’s
interest in education, ideas, human service, and the larger society, as supports the
values of the College of Liberal Arts through an emphasis on effective teaching, active
scholarship, engaged service, and positive contributions to community.
The Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor will be a tenured member of the faculty in
the College of Liberal Arts. The Pearlstone Professor will have a record of contributions
to Jewish Studies or to Religious Studies at the graduate or undergraduate level.
Each Pearlstone Professor will hold the appointment for five years and will develop
a particular project or emphasis during that time with the assistance of resources
made available through the Professorship. Income from the endowment will help offset
a portion of the cost of the faculty position and will provide the Pearlstone Professor
with a salary supplement during the appointment.
The strongest candidates for the Professorship will be those who have compiled a record
that best meets, or balances, the following expectations:
The Pearlstone Professor will have a sustained record of excellence in teaching. Excellence
may be demonstrated through evidence of engagement, creativity, and effectiveness
in the development of courses; through the appropriate use of varied classroom strategies;
through the thoughtful introduction of new materials and approaches; through the quality
of support and feedback provided for student work; through intellectual mastery of
subject matter and an ability to convey that knowledge successfully; and through student
perceptions of a faculty member concerned about student learning and able to expand
understanding. The Pearlstone Professor will have a record of holding high expectations
for students combined with evidence of a commitment to helping students meet those
The Pearlstone Professor will have a record of published scholarship that has passed
the critical scrutiny of other scholars knowledgeable in the relevant field. The forms
of this scholarship may vary, consistent with the multiple forms of scholarship described
in the Towson Appointment, Rank, and Tenure policy. Grant applications that pass successfully
through a competitive review process may also contribute in the category of scholarship.
As part of the selection process, the Pearlstone Professor will define current and
future directions for scholarly activity during the period of the appointment.
The Pearlstone Professor will demonstrate contributions to the quality of student
experiences beyond the classroom or to the civic health of the larger community. The
Pearlstone Professor will have a record of positive engagement over time in at least
one of the following areas:
Contributions to student experience such as a special attentiveness to the quality
of student advising, leadership in enhancing the quality of student organizations
and their programs, or development of student abilities in other ways.
Contributions to the involvement of students and faculty with the civic life of the
larger metropolitan community through the development of opportunities for students
beyond the campus through internships, service learning, or volunteerism, or through
the organization of programs addressing the larger community that draw upon the intellectual
and human resources of the College.
Contributions to a specific segment of the community beyond the University through
organization of or participation in programs designed for the benefit of that community
that draw upon the particular professional strengths of the candidate
Application and Selection Process
The Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor will be selected through a process that includes
nomination by colleagues, application by interested candidates, review by a designated
committee, and recommendation by the Dean to the Provost for formal appointment to
During the year before an appointment is to take effect, the Dean of the College of
Liberal Arts will invite nominations for the Pearlstone Professorship from all full-time
faculty serving in the College, specifying a date by which nominations must be received
in order to be considered. A nomination should consist of a letter identifying the
nominee and speaking to the ways in which the faculty member nominated meets the criteria
identified in the Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professorship description. When the deadline
for nominations has passed, the Dean will confirm the eligibility of each person nominated
and will formally invite each eligible nominee to complete an application for the
Each nominee who wishes to be considered for the Pearlstone Professorship must submit
an application that includes the elements listed below:
Current curriculum vitae.
A letter of interest indicating how the candidate has met the criteria for the appointment
(limit three pages).
A project statement, as discussed below (limit four pages, double-spaced). Evidence of teaching effectiveness and teaching excellence (syllabi, course materials,
official summaries of student evaluations), colleague reviews, or other materials
of the candidate’s choice. Maximum of five items.
One or two examples of published scholarship.
These materials will serve as the basis for consideration by the Pearlstone Professorship
Committee. Please submit application materials to the Office of the Dean in Liberal
Arts 2213 to maintain your candidacy for the position.
The project statement should outline a specific project the applicant would undertake
using the resources of the Professorship. The anticipated resources will include provision
of a salary supplement of $5,000 per year and a pool of up to $10,000 in program funds
available in each year across the five-year period. The project statement should discuss
ideas for how these program funds might be applied in support of the project ideas.
There is considerable flexibility in what a project or theme for the Professorship
might look like so long as its benefits for the College are clear. Here are three
general frameworks to spur thinking about types of projects:
A candidate might emphasize a curricular interest. A faculty seminar might concentrate
on the development or refinement of a course or courses in which a group of faculty
have a shared interest, using funds to support acquisition of materials, meeting costs,
or perhaps small stipends for participants. The objectives and benefits of such a
seminar should be outlined in the proposal.
A plan might propose means of expanding the scope of learning for students with support
for their activities, again with the expectation that those activities benefit the
College and the metropolitan region.
The project may concentrate on an amplification of scholarly research in ways that
will benefit the candidate’s department, the College of Liberal Arts, and students
and faculty in the College. In this case, the candidate will identify the expected
use of Professorship funds to accomplish this purpose. For example, a candidate might
propose using Professorship funds to host a small conference or series of speakers
at Towson on a topic of special interest, combined with student-centered activities.
These frameworks are not intended to be limiting but to serve as examples. Each project
proposal should identify when within the five-year cycle specific elements might be
scheduled. In all cases, a fundamental criterion for the selection committee will
be the anticipated benefits from the project for the College of Liberal Arts, its
curricular or co-curricular programs, its faculty, and its students.
The Dean will chair the selection committee and will appoint at least three faculty
to serve on the committee. In no case may any person submitting a nomination serve
on the selection committee. The basis for the review and selection process will be
the criteria defined in the description of the Pearlstone Professorship and the materials
included in the application.
The Dean will carry a recommendation resulting from the review and selection process
to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs of Towson
University who will make a formal appointment to the Professorship. The Dean will
discuss with the Provost, and if necessary with the recommended candidate, specific
arrangements for carrying through the project associated with the candidate’s plans
for the Professorship.