When you invest in our faculty, you're giving A&M an academic edge. Top-notch faculty members attract not only other superb professors but also superb students. Because state funds cover only basic faculty requirements, private support is more critical than ever.
Invest in the potential of one faculty member and you affect the lives of hundreds of students.
An endowed chair is an elite academic position held only by top professors. The endowed funds generate an annual income to pay for a professor’s research, travel costs and the salaries of his or her graduate assistants. While the endowment size varies by college, the minimum endowment for a chair is $1 million.
Chair names are part of a professor’s title and most bear the name of the donor or the name of someone the donor honors. The professor is referred to as the holder of the chair: e.g., Dr. Richard Carlson, holder of the Dudley J. Hughes Chair in Geology and Geophysics.
An endowed professorship honors an outstanding professor. The endowed funds generate an annual income from which expenses such as the professor’s research, his graduate assistants and travel costs are paid. Although the minimum gift amount varies by college, most professorship endowments are between $300,000 and $500,000.
Professorship names are similar to chair names and are part of the professor’s title, and most bear the name of the donor or that of someone the donor wishes to honor. The professor is referred to as the holder of the professorship: e.g., Dr. Valerie Taylor, holder of the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professorship in Engineering.
A faculty fellowship is another method to honor an outstanding faculty member. Although the minimum endowment amount varies by college, the preferred level for a faculty fellowship is $150,000.
Faculty fellowships bearing the name of the donor are part of the faculty member’s title: e.g., Dr. Christopher J. Wolfe, Professor of Accounting and KPMG Faculty Fellow.
These professorships are conferred upon the university’s most distinguished teachers who have exhibited excellence and devotion to the education of undergraduate students at Texas A&M.
Each appointment is for a period of three years and carries an annual salary supplement of $5,000 as well as an annual discretionary income to support the recipient’s teaching program and related professional development. The minimum endowment for a university professorship for teaching excellence is $150,000.
The named professorships are part of the recipient’s title: e.g., Dr. Rodney Hill, holder of the Eppright Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence.
A teaching excellence endowed fund honors a faculty member who is exploring new methods of teaching. The minimum endowment for a teaching excellence endowed fund is $25,000.