The Honorable W. Russell Arrington Professorship in State Politics was established in 2010 with a gift donated to the University of Illinois System Institute of Government and Public Affairs by Michael Arrington to honor his father, W. Russell Arrington, a towering figure in the Illinois House (1945-55) and Senate (1955-73).
The System Level Professorship will provide annual funding to the holder that can be used for purposes consistent with the Professorship, including travel, the purchase of data, books, journals, supporting a workshop/conference, or supporting a research assistant.
It is the expectation that the Arrington Professor will teach two courses per year, one of which will always be on state politics, and will undertake research and public engagement activities under IGPA's umbrella, and participate in the academic life of IGPA as a Collaborating Scholar.
In the course on state politics, students should be required to read POWER HOUSE: Arrington from Illinois, the biography of W. Russell Arrington written by Taylor Pensoneau.
The Honorable W. Russell Arrington Professor will be given an appointment as a Partnering Scholar at the University of Illinois System Institute of Government and Public Affairs.
The Professorship shall be awarded to a faculty member within the University of Illinois System. The Professorship shall be granted for a period of five (5) years and can be renewed for an additional five (5) years. The faculty member's relationship to their home department will remain unchanged.
The person to whom the Arrington Professorship is conferred shall be selected by The IGPA Faculty Advisory Committee and the Director of IGPA, with the approval of the Executive Vice President/ Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The deadline for nominations is September 23, 2022.
Documents required to nominate yourself or a colleague are a CV and a short biosketch. If selected as a finalist, letters of support will be sought from the faculty member's Dean or Department Chair. Candidates are welcome to provide a supporting letter from their Dean or Department Chair with the original nomination if they wish to do so.
Any questions may be directed to IGPA Director Robin Fretwell Wilson email@example.com.