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.

Bauers to Establish and Endow Deanship in School of Medicine The Bauers' $5 million commitment will enable the dean to invest in the medical school’s highest priorities.

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McKay Installed as Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean Brown School dean a global expert in mental health services, HIV preventation, and poverty.

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Karen and Sandy Loewentheil

Loewentheils Endow Distinguished Professorship in Personalized Medicine Gift provides permanent support for leading physician-scientist focused on advancing personalized medicine.

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Kirsch Professorships Advance Scholarship, Teaching at School of Law The first William F. and Jessica L. Kirsch Professor, Scott Baker, is a prolific scholar of law and economics.

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Powell Family Professorships: An Investment in the Future Family commits $8 million to match gifts for endowed professorships in the Department of Chemistry.

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Colangelo Named First Ralph J. Nagel Dean Nagels endow deanship held by visionary leader of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

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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.