Application period open for Denise M. Trauth Endowed Presidential Research Professorship

Jayme Blaschke, Media Relations | January 25, 2021

Texas State University is currently taking applications for the Denise M. Trauth Endowed Presidential Research Professorship.

Established in April of 2020 by a $1 million gift from Mrs. Miriam McCoy of San Marcos and named after Texas State's President Trauth at McCoy's request, the presidential research professorship is unique, in that the university has never had so prestigious an award for faculty before.  

Any faculty member intending to apply must email Lydia Longoria at by Feb. 8, 2021, indicating their intent to submit an application package. The full submission package is due by March 31, 2021, and all materials must be submitted through the Faculty Qualifications Portal. Faculty who have submitted their intent to apply will receive instructions for submission. 

The submission packages will be reviewed by the presidential award for scholarly and creative activities committee. The committee will forward their top three proposals along with a list of all proposals reviewed to President Trauth, who will select the recipient.

The following material will serve as the application package:

  • curriculum vitae
  • description of the project (not to exceed 5 pages)
  • budget with justification (1 page)
  • personal statement describing the significance of the proposed project (1 page)
  • three letters of endorsement

The overall application package will receive a numerical score on the following rubric:

            1-3      high impact

            4-6      moderate impact

            7-9      low impact

This three-year professorship will provide an award to a faculty member engaged in compelling and transformational research or creative expression with a twofold purpose: 1) reward a faculty member for previous accomplishments and 2) allow the holder of the award to carry out a specific project.

Investment income from the endowment will be used for one or more of the following purposes: to supplement the faculty member’s base salary, to support research or other professionally related expenses, and/or to provide other programmatic support.  The anticipated award is $75,000 total over the three-year period.

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For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922