Up to three people may receive this honour each year, and not more than 25 full-time professors may hold the title at one time. Distinguished Professors are appointed by the University's Board of Governors on the recommendation of a Distinguished Professor Selection Committee, chaired by the University's President and Vice-Chancellor.

The following list of academic staff members currently holding the title of Distinguished Professor indicates the year of their appointment, faculty and department:

Year appointed Name Faculty
1990 Dhalla, Naranjan Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Physiology
2003 Jayas, Digvir Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Biosystems Engineering
2006 Roos, Leslie Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Community Health Sciences
2007 McCance, Dawne Faculty of Arts, Religion
2007 Toles, George Faculty of Arts, Film Studies
2008 Chochinov, Harvey Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Psychiatry
2009 Perry, Raymond Faculty of Arts, Psychology
2009 Gole, Aniruddha Faculty of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
2009 Oleszkiewicz, Jan Faculty of Engineering, Civil Engineering
2010 Judd, Ellen Faculty of Arts, Anthropology
2012 Barber, David Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, Environment and Geography
2014 Bernstein, Charles Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Internal Medicine
2014 Brydon, Diana Faculty of Arts, English, Film and Theatre
2015 Greenfield, Haskel Faculty of Arts, Anthropology
2015 Murphy, Leigh Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
2015 Rockman-Greenberg, Cheryl Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Pediatrics and Child Health
2016 Nickerson, Peter Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Internal Medicine
2018 Perkins, Pamela Faculty of Arts, English, Theatre, Film and Media
2018 Perry, Adele Faculty of Arts, History
2018 Pierce, Grant Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Physiology and Pathophysiology
2019 Davie, James (Jim) Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
2019 Linden, Eric (Rick) Faculty of Arts, Sociology and Criminology
2020 Chen, Tina Faculty of Arts, History
2020 Comack, Elizabeth Faculty of Arts, Sociology and Criminology
2020 Woodgate, Roberta Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing