Giving Priorities: Faculty

Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science

Fostering Faculty Excellence

The success of Penn Arts and Sciences—in everything that it does—rests unquestionably on its ability to attract and retain faculty of the highest caliber.

The School’s new Strategic Plan, Foundations and Frontiers, includes strategies to ensure that we take advantage of every opportunity to strengthen our faculty, from maximizing the impact of each new faculty hire to providing appropriate support, incentives, and mentorship at every stage of their careers, to inviting scholars and leaders from outside the University into our classrooms.

Endowment gifts support the eminent teacher-scholars who carry out the work that is the School’s true raison d’être: the creation and dissemination of new knowledge that deepens our understanding and ultimately transforms our society and our world.

For faculty members who have achieved great distinction, there is no higher honor Penn Arts and Sciences can bestow than an endowed professorship. This recognition universally validates the work of accomplished scholars, teachers, mentors, and thought leaders. It lifts them to new levels of renown and effectiveness, and extends their influence far beyond the Penn campus to shape our society and our world.

Practice Professorships enable departments to bring eminently qualified leaders from business, government or the arts into our classrooms, while the Artists-in-Residency program allows a range of departments to invite outstanding actors, artists, musicians, writers, and other creative practitioners to teach, work with students and faculty. The perspectives these practitioners bring to bear on discourse with undergraduate and graduate students is invaluable.

For more information on supporting faculty contact Laura Weber, Assistant Vice Dean of Advancement,