Endowed Chairs and Professorships

Endowed chairs and professorships are awarded to our most distinguished faculty members who excel in research, teaching, and service. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has named faculty appointments of several kinds, some with university-wide scope, some with campus-wide scope and others that are based in individual colleges, departments, or other academic units. The locus of any particular named appointment is defined by the terms of the gift or gifts leading to it. Procedures for awarding these honors and their governing conditions typically vary according to their focus and according to stipulations accompanying the original donation.


Named appointments to the faculty are intended to signify a distinction beyond that implied by a normal professorship in the honoree's department. All such appointments require review at the campus level, regardless of where the appointment is held, scope or methods of selection for nomination; therefore campus-level review and prior approval by the Provost ensures the institutional interest in preserving consistent standards for such honors.