Office of the Chancellor


Section 1


May 3, 2018


Call for Chancellor’s Distinguished Speakers Series Nominations

Nominations are now invited for the Chancellor's Distinguished Speakers Series for events to be scheduled during fiscal year 2018-19.

The Chancellor's Distinguished Speaker Series (CDSS) is intended to support short-term campus visits by distinguished scholars or other influential people from non-academic professions who will enrich university life through their contact with students, faculty, and the local community. The series seeks to include Speakers at all stages of their careers whose work will promote UC Irvine's ability to respond to the global challenges of an increasingly interdependent world, and who will enhance the breadth and diversity of the intellectual and cultural life of our campus. The main purposes of this series are to:

  • raise the visibility and influence of UC Irvine in the state and nation;

  • enhance the breadth and diversity of the intellectual and cultural life on our campus;

  • engage the local community around an interesting and relevant topic; and

  • show distinguished visitors some of the intellectual life at UC Irvine.

Nominees for this program should be people of national and international stature and influence who will bring distinction to the university through their public lectures as well as through papers, seminars, and other organized activities for more specialized audiences. Nominators should keep the more general audience in mind when planning events for the Speaker, which will include at least one large public lecture or performance and a reception or other social event.

CDSS events will be managed by the school sponsoring the nominee, in collaboration with the Office of Academic Planning and the Office of Special Events and Protocol, and according to campus policies, procedures, and protocols for special events.

Nomination Procedures and Selection

Nominations may be submitted by individuals or collectively by a department or other academic unit, but all nominations must be forwarded through the dean of the appropriate school. Faculty must contact nominees to confirm their willingness to participate in the CDSS program and obtain potential dates of availability. This confirmation is a required component of the nomination form.

Nominations should be submitted to the dean of your school by June 29, 2018.

Deans will rank the nominations and forward them to the Office of Academic Planning by July 31, 2018 (please send packets to The ranking should be based on the qualifications of the nominee according to the criteria described above, the activities planned for the visit, and the potential impact of the visit on the campus and the community.

A committee will review the nominations and submit recommendations to the Chancellor.

Nomination Packets should include:

  1. Curriculum vitae, résumé, or a statement summarizing the nominee's background and area of expertise;

  2. Completed Preliminary Information form, which should include all anticipated expenses.

  3. Any additional relevant information.

Please direct questions about this process to