Blankley Endowed Chair FAQs
What is an endowed chair?
An endowed chair is the highest academic award
that a university can bestow on a faculty member. Endowed chairs are crucial in
recruiting, supporting, and retaining the best faculty at colleges and
universities. Endowed chairs greatly benefit faculty, students, and a
university’s standing by encouraging and facilitating a professor’s research or
service agenda and are among the most important gifts to higher education.
How long does the faculty member hold the chair?
Recipients of the endowed chair hold the honor for an initial term of three years. At the end of the term, the chair passes to a different faculty member in the School of Education. The same individual may hold the Blankley Chair more than once, but a full term of at least three years must pass before eligibility may be reinstated.
What does funding provided by an endowed chair support?
The funding provided by a chair often is used to
attract an expert in a particular field and supports his or her research,
teaching, and service activities—all in an effort to make advances in a field of
study or toward solving societal or scientific issues.
What does an endowed chair signify for the selected faculty
An endowed chair appointment represents the highest level of distinction for a faculty member while recognizing his or her contributions to a particular discipline or scholarly field.
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