Faculty Excellence

Giving Opportunities

School/Unit Chief Development Officer Phone
School of Architecture Scott Karr 434-924-7717
Arts Development Bob Halbruner 434-924-6025
College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Gene Schutt 434-924-6140
Center for Politics Ken Stroupe 434-243-8474
Center for Contemplative Sciences Erin Hall 434-243-9180
Curry School of Education Jeff Boyd 434-924-3010
Darden School of Business Locke Ogens 434-924-4874
School of Engineering and Applied Science Jeffrey Sands
Faculty Support Melanie Benjamin 434-924-0917
Jefferson Scholars Foundation Pat Ingram 434-243-9055
School of Law Jason Trujillo 434-924-4154
McIntire School of Commerce Katie Whittier 434-924-3394
School of Medicine Barry Collins 434-924-1734
Miller Center Doug Trout 434-982-3050
School of Nursing Kelly McCaskill 434-924-0097
Office of the Vice President for Research Deb Donnelly 434-243-2925


Endowed deanships enable the University to attract and recognize distinguished faculty who contribute to the academic rigor of the institution and help shape its future. Minimum level of $5 million.


By any standard, endowed professorships have been the most significant factor in the University’s steady rise in stature. An endowed chair, with its prestige and financial rewards, is one of the most coveted honors a faculty member can receive. More than any other honor, it attests to a scholar’s standing among peers, both within the University and throughout the academic world. With endowed chairs, the University effectively competes with other universities for outstanding faculty, and rewards professors who make learning a joy for their students.

Endowed professorships provide permanent sources of support for faculty excellence and recognize scholars’ standing throughout the academic world. Minimum level of $2 million.

Faculty Funds for Excellence

These funds allow schools to nurture faculty research and create new courses. Minimum level of $1 million.

Named Research Funds

These funds support faculty engaged in humanities scholarship or the research needed for new discoveries in science, medicine, or engineering. Minimum level of $500,000.

Endowed Lectureships

These funds allow the University to bring noted speakers to the Grounds, enriching academic discourse and bringing new perspectives to students, faculty, and the larger community. Minimum level of $100,000.

Endowed Professorships


The new recruiting model emphasizes broadening faculty excellence, seeking more interdisciplinary appointments and faculty interested in collaborative work.

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