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Giving Priorities: Faculty
Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Fostering Faculty Excellence
The faculty of Penn Arts and Sciences are experts and innovators in their fields. They are also devoted teachers dedicated to providing the best education to undergraduate and graduate students. A critical tool in the effort to recruit and retain such exceptional faculty is the establishment of endowed chairs. These? endowed professorships allow the School to attract and reward a succession of gifted scholars, providing intellectual leadership to students and other faculty for generations to come. A named appointment carries great prestige and provides a permanent source of research funding and salary support. The following gift options will provide us with an edge in our efforts to recruit and retain academic stars.
Giving opportunities in support of faculty excellence:
- A gift of $3 million would create a named professorship for a senior faculty member. A gift at this level provides a permanent source of research funding and salary support for a faculty member at the pinnacle of his or her career, and confers the highest form of recognition of professional achievement.
- A gift of $1.25 million would create an endowed assistant professorship. A gift at this level helps attract top young scholars by offering both the prestige of a named appointment and an annual research fund. These professorships are awarded for a period of five years—those critical years when an academic is cementing his or her reputation.
- A gift of $250,000 would establish a named term professorship. Term funds provide support for one of the School’s preeminent scholars for a period of five years.
- A gift of $100,000 would establish a named faculty research fund, enhancing the School’s ability to recruit and retain faculty by providing a dedicated source of research support.
- Leading the Way in Energy Research: Roy and Diana Vaglos make a gift of $15 million to recruit new faculty in energy
- Marks Chair will cover Economic History
- Vijay Balasubramanian, the Cathy and Mark Lasry Professor of Physics
- Read about the University’s PIK (Penn Integrates Knowledge) Professors, President Amy Gutmann’s initiative to recruit scholars whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge.