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Underrepresented Faculty Recruitment & Retention (URFRR) Task Force

The Task Force on Underrepresented Faculty Recruitment & Retention was charged with developing recommendations on faculty recruitment and hiring and presenting them to the Provost by May 15, 2022.

Details about next steps can be found in the links below. More information will be added as efforts progress.

View the DEI Town Hall September 16 presentation

Art & Artifacts Collection Policy

The purpose of this Policy is to ensure that works acquired by UIS and the University of Illinois Foundation on behalf of UIS are of high quality and inherent value and that prove complimentary to the enhancement of the educational environment and the mission of the campus. That mission is to provide a uniquely student-centered educational experience both in and out of the classroom through active learning, meaningful research and impactful civic engagement that prepares graduates to contribute fully to society.

About Our Springfield Community


The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) is a premier public university that provides students with a high-quality liberal arts education, exceptional public affairs opportunities, and outstanding professional preparation programs. UIS is one of three universities of the world-class University of Illinois system and has been ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top 10 regional public universities in the Midwest.

UIS faculty members receive awards for teaching, excellence and service

The University of Illinois Springfield held a Faculty Honors Reception on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Dennis Papini presided over the ceremony.

Four major awards – the Pearson Faculty Award, the Spencer Faculty Service Award, the Faculty Excellence Award and the Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award - were presented.

Distinguished & Endowed Professorships

A university’s faculty represents one of its most precious assets. One of the ways universities can successfully attract and retain top talent is through named professorships and endowed chairs. To receive a named professorship is a hallmark of distinction – it signifies outstanding academic achievement and conveys invaluable financial support that helps to advance high caliber work. Here you will find information about current named professors and endowed chairs, as well as lists of faculty who have held these distinguished appointments in the past.