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Apply for Membership

Requirements for Admission to the Society

Applicants for membership must have a
tenured appointment in one of the University’s colleges or schools and the rank of associate or full professor at the time of application. 

The Application Process 
Applicants are encouraged to review the Society website: svdpp.edu.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A letter of application (three pages maximum, single spaced), that addresses the following:
    • Evidence of a commitment to the mission of the Society of Vincent de Paul Professors;
    • Demonstrated commitment to current Society initiatives (see “Activities of the Society” above) or new initiatives to develop;
    • Evidence of past projects or activities that are relevant to the mission of the Society;
    • Active leadership that directly contributes to the enhancement of the University’s mission and values. This can include service contributions at all levels of the University as well as professional and community service; 
    • Consistently outstanding classroom teaching across a broad base of students;
    • Recognized and outstanding scholarly or artistic achievements;
    • How being a member of the Society will enhance the applicant’s teaching and scholarship.
    • Note: Letters of application that were used for promotion and tenure will not be reviewed.
  • A current c.v.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence. Applicants must include:
    • A list of courses taught over the past three years;
    • Three syllabi and the three corresponding OTEs (include both statistical pages/graphs and student responses) for courses taught within the past three years.
  • Applicants must submit all of the above materials combined into one pdf in the order listed above to svdpp@depaul.edu
  • Three letters of recommendation (maximum). One letter must be from the applicant’s Dean. All letters must address the applicant’s qualifications for admission to the Society, including their teaching, scholarship and service contributions at DePaul. Letters may also address the applicant’s service contributions to their profession and community. Letters that were written for promotion and tenure will not be reviewed.  Letters must not exceed 2 pages and must be sent directly (by letter writers) to svdpp@depaul.edu. 

Membership applications will be evaluated based on the strength of the applicant to meet or exceed the criteria listed above. The Membership Committee will not review applications that fail to adhere to the application guidelines described above. The Society is committed to building and maintaining a diverse membership and adhering to the principles that promote inclusive practices. The Society encourages applications from individuals who can contribute to the diversity of the Society (encompassing a wide range of characteristics, including race, ethnicity, cultural or socioeconomic background, religion, sex, gender, disability, etc.), whose work aligns closely with the mission of the Society, and who convey a strong vision of how they would contribute to that mission.  Strong candidates will have – in addition to outstanding teaching, research or artistic contributions, service, and leadership – a demonstrated record of commitment to building a diverse educational environment.

The Committee will keep applications “live” on file for two years if requested. Applicants who choose to re-apply for admission to the Society must indicate this in an email, and submit a current C.V. to the Committee Chair. Although only the C.V. and email stating intention to re-apply are required, applicants are recommended to update their other materials (e.g., new examples of teaching excellence) when relevant.    

Application Process Timeline 

    • Applicants must submit their application materials to svdpp@depaul.edu by February 15.
    • All letters of recommendation must be submitted to svdpp@depaul.edu by February 15. 
    • Confirmation of our receipt of application materials and letters of recommendations will be sent by March 1. 
    • The Membership Committee will review all applications in March/April. The full Society membership will conduct a ballot vote on applicants’ materials in early May. Applicants will be notified of the outcome shortly thereafter.  
    •  ​If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Professor Susan McMahon, 2018-2019 Membership Committee Chair at smcmahon@depaul.edu.​

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