Recognition of Distinction 2017: Christ Church Fellows become Professors

Congratulations to Christ Church Official Students (Fellows) Jennifer Yee and Kevin McGerty, who have both had the title of full professor conferred upon them in this year’s University of Oxford Recognition of Distinction Awards. Jennifer Yee becomes Professor of Literature in French, and Kevin McGerty becomes Professor of Mathematics.

Professor Jennifer Yee is a Tutor in French. Her research interests include the nineteenth-century novel, colonial and ‘exotic’ writing, twentieth-century francophone writing, Baudelaire and Proust, and her teaching is focussed on  French literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as French language and translation. From October 2017 she will also be Christ Church's Tutor for Admissions and will play a leading role in shaping our admissions and outreach work for the next few years.

Professor Kevin McGerty is a Tutor in Mathematics. His research interests include geometric representation theory, quantum groups, algebraic groups, topology of singular varieties, and D-modules. At Christ Church, he is involved in teaching Pure Mathematics. Professor McGerty is also the Curator of the Senior Common Room, as well as being the senior computing officer for Christ Church.

All those employed by the University in an academic or senior research role can apply for the conferment of professor in the annual Recognition of Distinction exercise, and to be successful must meet three criteria: research, teaching, and good citizenship. In terms of research, candidates must possess ‘an ongoing research record which is characterised by a significant influence on the field of study, and is of a high order of excellence and international standing, and the quality of which in terms of research distinction is at least equal to that expected of those appointed to full professorships at other leading international research universities’. Research is expected to have been recognised in terms of its originality, innovation, significance and rigour, along with the demonstration of academic leadership in shaping the future of the discipline, and the supervision and mentoring of the next generation of researchers. This is in turn expected to be evidenced through a candidate’s teaching: successful candidates should demonstrate ‘an ongoing record of effective teaching for the University and for colleges concomitant with the duties of the University post and the college fellowship’. To fulfil all of the criteria, candidates must also display good citizenship, in the form of involvement in University and/or college administration, and demonstrable competence in such administration.

We congratulate both of our Official Students for this well-deserved recognition of the quality of their research and teaching and their commitment to college and University life.