Regents' Professor and Lecturers Program

The Regents of the University of California have established the Regents’ Professors and Lecturers Program (RPLP), which permits the appointment, on a visiting basis, of distinguished leaders from non-academic fields to enrich our instructional program and increase students' exposure to a diverse range of successful professionals, artists and others.

A Regents’ Professor serves for one quarter and is normally assigned responsibility for the instruction of one or more courses at the discretion of the department chair. Regents’ Lecturers are expected to be available for participation in the instructional activities of the sponsoring department and other interested academic units and for informal consultations with students and faculty. Since teaching and student contact are essential under this program, Regents’ Lecturer appointments are to be scheduled during the instructional period when students may enjoy the maximum benefit of these appointments. At the invitation of the responsible instructors, Regents’ Lecturers may address regular class sessions. Each Regents’ Lecturer and Regents’ Professor normally gives one public lecture.

The compensation rate for a Regents’ Professor corresponds to the salary rate for the highest step of the applicable professorial salary scale. Because of budget limitations, generally only one Regents’ Professor will be appointed. On request, Regents’ Professor nominees may also be considered in the Regents’ Lecturer category. The term of service for a Regents’ Lecturer should be at least one week and may not exceed two weeks with a compensation rate of $3,750 per week. Round-trip economy airfare may be requested for appointees in either category.

Each school, college, or officially designated division within a school or college may submit as many as three nominations. Nominations by an organized research unit must be co-sponsored by an academic department. Academic units should contact potential nominees in advance to assure their availability. A nomination should include information on professional achievements, employment history, awards and honors, publications and/or creative work. In addition, it should indicate specifically what the nominee’s teaching activities and student contact will be and how the nominating academic unit will benefit from the appointment. Because of the competitive nature of this program, a full presentation of the nominees’ credentials is essential. If airfare is requested, an estimate of the travel cost should be indicated. The academic quarter proposed for residence should be noted in the letter of nomination.

Appointees to these titles are subject to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. It is necessary to establish the citizenship status of a nominee before a financial commitment is made and before the arrival of an appointee. The office submitting a nomination should review the current visa status of a candidate at the earliest possible date.


A Department Chair forwards nominations to the Dean with comments. The Dean then forwards the nominations to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development with an overall priority listing and comments.

Nominations are reviewed and recommendations are made to the Chancellor. Please note that Regents’ Lecturer appointments are subject to Chancellor’s approval while Regents’ Professor appointments require the approval of the Board of Regents.

Due Dates for 2020-21

Regents' Professors nominations are due February 17, 2020 (new deadline)

Regents' Lecturers nominations are due March 02, 2020

Additional Information

Approval for Regents’ Lecturers is given in the Spring.  Once approved, the Lectureship is valid only for the academic year for which it is issued.
Please direct any inquiries to the Program Manager, [email protected]
Additional information for host unit responsibilities can be found on the Program Department Guidelines

Call for Nominations 2020-21 Regents

RLP Application for 2020-21 


Web page updated January 2020