Outstanding Faculty

Together, we are dedicated to creating and sharing new knowledge and to preparing and inspiring our students for leadership in their chosen professions and in their communities. Retaining distinguished faculty—and recruiting the next generation of promising scholar-educators—is essential to our continued growth and success.

Endowed professorships play a critical role in the strategic vision of every school at  Washington University. A professorship recognizes outstanding professional achievement and provides permanent support for distinguished teaching and research. As the highest honor the university can bestow on its faculty, a professorship recognizes both the faculty member and the donor for as long as Washington University endures.

A Fixable Epidemic An endowed professorship helps Debra Haire-Joshu work to turn the tide in the battle against obesity.

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Bobick installed as James M. McKelvey Professor Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science is a pioneer in action recognition by computer vision.

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Staudt installed as inaugural Howard and Caroline Cayne Professor of Law Dean of School of Law is a renowned expert on tax law.

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Brain Imaging & Serendipity Deanna Barch, the Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry, brings new hope to schizophrenia sufferers.

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Top of Mind Marcus Raichle maps the human brain to understand its role in disease—and opens new doors of research.

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Barbara Schaal encourages students to address conservation through research of the biological origins of staple food crops.

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Jeff Milbrandt discovers the genetic forces that lead to new treatments for neurological disorders like ALS and Parkinson’s disease.

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Our reputation for excellence rests upon the strength of our faculty

​Great professors attract outstanding students. And great students inspire the best faculty. Together, they will continue to make life-changing discoveries and provide leadership in their chosen professions and in their communities.

Retaining distinguished thought leaders and recruiting the next generation of scholar-educators requires resources. Endowed professorships recognize extraordinary achievement both in the quality of teaching and the impact of scholarly research. Since our founding, alumni and friends have endowed nearly 400 professorships. They are the highest honor we can bestow on our faculty. 

Endowment gifts also make it possible for faculty to establish research centers that attract other leading professors and graduate students and to enhance the stature of the university. Income from these permanently invested funds enable faculty to pursue studies that can have a lasting impact on society.

Because our international reputation for excellence rests upon the strength of our faculty, endowed professorships and research support are among the best ways to reward exceptional, innovative work, to advance research breakthroughs, and to attract and retain our finest teachers and scholars.

Together, we will work to secure a minimum of $625 million for support of faculty, including new endowed professorships and other endowed funds.

Learn about endowed professorships Endowed_Professorship_FINAL.pdf at Washington University.