Departmental & College Named Chairs and Professors

Endowed chairs and professorships are awarded to distinguished faculty who excel in research, teaching, and service. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has named faculty appointments that are held within departments, colleges, and other academic units, as well as appointed at the campus and university levels. For more information about named faculty appointments, see Provost Communication #6: Named Faculty Appointments.

A. Rashad Abd-El-Khalik, Accountancy
Vernon K. Zimmerman Professor in International Accounting
Daniel Abrams, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering
Sarita Adve, Computer Science
Richard T. Cheng Professor in Computer Science
Andrew Alleyne, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Ralph M. & Catherine V. Fisher Professor in Mechanical Science & Engineering
Heitor Almeida, Finance
Stanley C. and Joan J. Golder Distinguished Chair in Corporate Finance
Imad Al-Qadi, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Abel Bliss Professor in Engineering
Scott Althaus, Political Science
Merriam Professor in Political Science
Narayana Aluru, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Richard W. Kritzer Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Science & Engineering
Vikram Amar, Law
Iwan Foundation Professor in Law
Indrani Bagchi, Comparative Biosciences
Billie Alexander Field Chair in Reproductive Medicine
Milan Bagchi, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Deb and Tim Paul Professor in Molecular & Cellular Biology
Renee Baillargeon, Psychology
Alumni Professor in Psychology
Rashid Bashir, Bioengineering
Grainger Chair
Jay Bass, Geology
Ralph E. Grim Professor in Geology
Asef Bayat, Sociology
Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor in Global Transnational Studies
Pascal Bellon, Materials Science & Engineering
Donald W. Hamer Professor in Materials Science & Engineering
Louis Bergonzi, Music
Daniel J. Perrino Chair in Music Education
Jennifer Bernhard , Electrical & Computer Engineering
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Daniel Bernhardt, Economics
Investors in Business Education Distinguished Professor
James Best, Geology
Threet Professor of Sedimentary Geology
Rohit Bhargava, Bioengineering
Founder Professor in Bioengineering 
Botond Bognar, Architecture
Edgar Tafel Chair in Architectural Design
Tami Bond, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Nathan M. Newmark Distinguished Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Stephen Boppart, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Abel Bliss Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Paul Braun, Materials Science & Engineering
Ivan Racheff Professor in Materials Science & Engineering
Yoram Bresler, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Founder Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
M. Quinn Brewster, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Hermia G. Soo Endowed Professor in Mechanical Science & Engineering
Jeffrey Brown, Business Administration
Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor of Business and Dean
Ralph Brubaker, Law
Carl L. Vacketta Professor in Law
Antoinette Burton, History
Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor in Global Transnational Studies
David Cahill, Materials Science & Engineering
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering
Ximing Cai, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Colonel Harry F. and Frankie M. Lovell Endowed Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Roy Campbell, Computer Science
Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professor in Computer Science
Andreas Cangellaris, Electrical & Computer Engineering
M. E. Van Valkenburg Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
David Ceperley, Physics
Founder Professor in Engineering
Laurence Chalip, Recreation, Sport & Tourism
Brightbill/Sapora Professor in Recreation, Sport & Tourism
Louis Chan, Finance
Leonard C. and Mary Lou Hoeft Endowed Professor in Commerce & Business Administration
Timothy Chan, Computer Science
Founder Professor in Computer Science
Jianjun Cheng, Materials Science & Engineering
Hans Thurnauer Professor in Materials Science & Engineering
In-Koo Cho, Economics
William Kinkead Distinguished Professor in Economics
Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Kinesiology & Community Health
Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Professor in Applied Health Sciences
Kent Choquette, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Abel Bliss Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Clara Chu, Library Administration
Mortenson Distinguished Professor in Library Administration
John Cronan, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Microbiology Alumni Professor in Molecular & Cellular Biology
Brian Cunningham, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jerry Davila, History
Jorge Paulo Lemann Endowed Chair in Brazilian History
Jon Davis, Accountancy
R.C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business
John Dee, Music
Bill A. Nugent Endowed Professor in Music
Evan DeLucia, Plant Biology
G. William Arends Professor in Integrative Biology
Scott Denmark, Chemistry
Fuson Professor in Chemistry
Philippe Di Francesco, Mathematics
Morris and Gertrude Fine Distinguished Professor in Mathematics
Brian   Diers, Crop Sciences
Charles Adlai Ewing Endowed Chair in Soybean Genetics & Breeding
Sharon Donovan, Food Science & Human Nutrition
Melissa M. Noel Chair in Nutrition & Health
Geir Dullerud, Mechanical Science & Engineering
W. Grafton & Lillian B. Wilkins Professor in Mechanical Science & Engineering
J. Gary Eden, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Intel Alumni Endowed Chair in Electrical & Computer Engineering
J. Gary Eden, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Gilmore Family Endowed Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
W. Brooke Elliott, Accountancy
Ernst & Young Distinguished Professor in Accountancy
Rui Loja Fernandes, Mathematics
Lois M. Lackner Professorship in Mathematics
Placid Ferreira, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Tungchao Julia Lu Professor in Mechanical Science & Engineering
Barbara Fiese, Human & Community Development
Pampered Chef, Ltd. Endowed Chair in Family Resiliency
Matthew Finkin, Law
Albert J. Harno and Edward W. Cleary Chair in Law
David Forsyth, Computer Science
Fulton Watson Copp Chair in Computer Science
Eduardo Fradkin, Physics
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering
Jonathan Freund, Mechanical Science & Engineering; Aerospace
Willett Professor in Mechanical Science & Engineering
Peter Fritzsche, History
W. D. and Sara E. Trowbridge Professor in History
Firouz Gahvari, Economics
Lieby S. Hall Endowed Chair in Economics
Tanya Gallagher, Speech & Hearing Science
Timothy Nugent Professor in Disability
Marcelo Garcia, Civil & Environmental Engineering
M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Endowed Chair in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Philip Garcia, Agricultural & Consumer Economics
Thomas A. Hieronymus Distinguished Chair in Futures Markets
Philippe Geubelle, Aerospace Engineering
Abel Bliss Professor in Aerospace Engineering
Andrew Gewirth, Chemistry
Peter C. and Gretchen Miller Markunas Professor in Analytical Chemistry
Martha Gillette, Cell & Developmental Biology
Cell and Developmental Biology Alumni Professor
Gregory Girolami, Chemistry
William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor in Chemistry
Nick Glumac, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Shao Lee Soo Professor in Mechanical Science & Engineering
William Gropp, Computer Science
Paul and Cindy Saylor Professor in Computer Science
Martin Gruebele, Chemistry
James R. Eiszner Endowed Chair in Chemistry
Craig Gundersen, Agricultural & Consumer Economics
Soybean Industry Professor in Agricultural Strategy
Bruce Hajek, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Leonard C. and Mary Lou Hoeft Endowed Chair in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ralph Hammann, Architecture
Thomas D. Hubbard Endowed Professor in Architecture
Jiawei Han, Computer Science
Abel Bliss Professor in Computer Science
Benjamin Hankin, Psychology
Fred and Ruby Kanfer Endowed Professor in Psychology
Sariel Har-Peled, Computer Science
Willett Professor in Computer Science
Youssef Hashash, Civil & Environmental Engineering
William J. and Elaine F. Hall Endowed Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Paul Heald, Law
Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Research Professor in Law
William Helferich, Food Science & Human Nutrition
Diet, Women’s Health and Aging Professor
Paul Hergenrother, Chemistry
Kenneth L. Rinehart, Jr. Endowed Chair in Natural Products Chemistry
Jonathan Higdon, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Dennis and Cathy Houston Professor in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
So Hirata, Chemistry
Marvin T. Schmidt Professor in Chemistry
Gilbert Holder, Physics
Brad Fortner Endowed Chair in Physics
Stafford Hood, Curriculum & Instruction
Sheila M. Miller Professor in Curriculum & Instruction
Brant Houston, Journalism
John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Journalism
Naira Hovakimyan, Mechanical Science & Engineering
W. Grafton & Lillian B. Wilkins Professor in Mechanical Science & Engineering
Feng Sheng Hu, Geology
R.E. Grim Professor in Geology
Heidi Hurd, Law
Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law
Wen-Mei Hwu, Electrical & Computer Engineering
AMD Jerry Sanders Chair in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Michael  Insana, Bioengineering
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering
Scott Irwin, Agricultural & Consumer Economics
Laurence J. Norton Endowed Chair in Agricultural Marketing
Ravishankar  Iyer, Electrical & Computer Engineering
George and Ann Fisher Distinguished Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Anthony Jacobi, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Richard W. Kritzer Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Science & Engineering
Sheldon Jacobson, Computer Science
Founder Professor in Computer Science
Jianming Jin, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Y. T. Lo Chair in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Timothy Johnson, Finance
Karl and Louise Schewe Professorship in Finance
Douglas Jones, Electrical & Computer Engineering
William L. Everitt Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Laxmikant Kale, Computer Science
Paul and Cindy Saylor Professor in Computer Science
Farzad Kamalabadi, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kung Chie Yeh Endowed Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Richard Kaplan, Law
Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor in Law
Shiv Kapoor, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Grayce Wicall Gauthier Chair in Mechanical Science & Engineering
Paul Kenis, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor in Chemistry
Madhu Khanna, Agricultural & Consumer Economics
ACES Distinguished Professor in Environmental Economics
William King, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Ralph A. Andersen Endowed Chair in Mechanical Science & Engineering
Karen Iler Kirk, Speech & Hearing Science
Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Professor in Applied Health Sciences
Hillary Klonoff-Cohen, Kinesiology & Community Health
Saul J. Morse and Anne B. Morgan Professor in Applied Health Sciences
Roger Koenker, Economics
William B. McKinley Professor in Economics of Public Utilities
Frederic Kolb, Crop Sciences
Jack A. and Marjorie S. Cavanah Professor in Plant Breeding and Genetics
David Kranz, Biochemistry
Philip A. Sharp Professor in Biochemistry
Praveen Kumar, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Colonel Harry F. and Frankie M. Lovell Endowed Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Paul Kwiat, Physics
John Bardeen Endowed Chair in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Physics, Sponsored by the Sony Corporation
Robert Lawless, Law
Max L. Rowe Professor in Law
Jean-Pierre Leburton, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Gregory Stillman Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Deborah Leckband, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Reid T. Milner Professor in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Anthony Leggett, Physics
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in Physics
Andrew Leipold, Law
Edwin M. Adams Professor in Law
Zhi-Pei Liang, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Franklin W. Woeltge Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Wen-Tso Liu, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Arthur C. Nauman Endowed Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Yi Lu, Chemistry
Jay and Ann Schenck Endowed Professor in Chemistry
Zaida Luthey-Schulten, Chemistry
William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor in Chemistry
Joseph Lyding, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Robert P. MacClinchie Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Vicki Mahaffey, English
Clayton and Thelma Kirkpatrick Professor in English
Joseph Mahoney, Business Administration
Caterpillar Chair in Business Administration
Benito Marinas, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ivan Racheff Professor in Environmental Engineering
Robert Markley, English
W. D. and Sara E. Trowbridge Professor in English
Susan Martinis, Biochemistry
Stephen G. Sligar Professor in Molecular & Cellular Biology
Moshe Matalon, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Caterpillar Professor in Mechanical Science & Engineering
Gholamreza  Mesri, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ralph B. Peck Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering
William Metcalf, Microbiology
G. William Arends Professor in Life Sciences
William Mischo, Library
Berthold Family Professor in Information Access and Discovery
Jeffrey Mondak, Political Science
James M. Benson Chair in Public Issues and Civic Leadership
Jeffrey Moore, Chemistry
Murchison-Mallory Chair in Chemistry
Stephen Moose, Crop Sciences
Denton E. and Elizabeth B. Alexander Maize Breeding and Genetics Professor
Catherine Murphy, Chemistry
Larry R. Faulkner Endowed Chair in Chemistry
Rakesh Nagi, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering
Klara Nahrstedt, Computer Science
Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor in Computer Science
Satish Nair, Biochemistry
I.C. Gunsalus Professor in Biochemistry
David Nicol, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Franklin W. Woeltge Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ralph Nuzzo, Chemistry
G. L. Clark Professor in Chemistry
Eric Oldfield, Chemistry
Harriet A. Harlin Professor in Chemistry
Craig Olson, Labor & Employment Relations
School of Labor and Industrial Relations Alumni Professor
Donald Ort, Plant Biology
Robert Emerson Professor in Plant Biology and Crop Sciences
Cele Otnes, Business Administration
Anthony J. Petullo Professor in Business Administration
Cele Otnes, Business Administration
Investors in Business Education Professor in Business Administration
Yanfeng Ouyang, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Krambles Endowed Professor in Rail and Public Transit
David Padua, Computer Science
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering
Gary Parker, Geology
W. Hilton Johnson Professor in Geology
Robert Parker, English
James M. Benson Professor in English
Neil D. Pearson, Finance
Harry A. Brandt Distinguished Professor in Financial Markets and Options
Mark E. Peecher, Accountancy
Deloitte Professor in Accountancy
George Pennacchi, Finance
Bailey Memorial Chair in Finance
Marshall Poole, Communication
David L. Swanson Professor in Communication
Christopher Prom, University Archives
Andrew Turyn Professor in University Archives
Aric Rindfleisch, Business Administration
John M. Jones Professor in Marketing
Jennifer Robbennolt, Law
Alice Curtis Campbell Professor in Law
Wendy Rogers, Kinesiology and Community Health
Khan Professor in Applied Health Sciences
Mark Rood, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ivan Racheff Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Elyse Rosenbaum, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Melvin and Anne Louise Hassebrock Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jacqueline Ross, Law
Prentice H. Marshall Professor in Law
Richard Ross, Law
David C. Baum Professor in Law
Rob Rutenbar, Computer Science
Abel Bliss Professor in Computer Science
David Ruzic, Nuclear, Plasma & Radiological Engineering
Abel Bliss Professor in Nuclear, Plasma & Radiological Engineering
William Sanders, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Peter Sauer, Electrical & Computer Engineering
W. W. Grainger Chair in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kenneth Schweizer, Materials Science & Engineering
G. Ronald and Margaret H. Morris Professor in Materials Science & Engineering
Edmund Seebauer, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
James W. Westwater Professor in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Huseyin Sehitoglu, Mechanical Science & Engineering
John, Alice and Sarah Nyquist Chair in Mechanical Science & Engineering
H. Edward Seidel, Physics
Founder Professor in Physics
Lui Sha, Computer Science
Donald B. Gillies Endowed Chair in Computer Science
Naresh Shanbhag, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jack S. Kilby Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sharon Shavitt, Business Administration
Walter H. Stellner Professor in Marketing
Michael Shaw, Business Administration
Leonard C. and Mary Lou Hoeft Endowed Chair in Commerce and Business Administration
Bruce Sherrick, Agricultural & Consumer Economics
Marjorie and Jerry Fruin Professor in Land Economics
Vijay Singh, Agricultural & Biological Engineering
ACES Distinguished Professor in Bioprocessing
Murugesu Sivapalan, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Chester and Helen Siess Endowed Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Marc Snir, Computer Science
Michael Faiman Professor in Computer Science
Petros Sofronis, Mechanical Science & Engineering
James W. Bayne Professor in Mechanical Science & Engineering
Jon  Solomon, Classics
Robert C. Novak Chair in Western Civilization and Culture
Jun Song, Bioengineering/Physics
Founder Professor in Bioengineering and Physics
Nancy  Sottos, Materials Science & Engineering
Donald Biggar Willett Professorin Materials Science & Engineering
Theodore Sougiannis, Accountancy
KPMG Distinguished Professor in Accountancy
Billie Spencer, Jr. , Civil & Environmental Engineering
Nathan M. and Anne M. Newmark Endowed Chair in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Rayadurgam Srikant, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Fredric G. and Elizabeth H. Nearing Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Alexander Stolyar, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering
Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering
James Stubbins, Nuclear, Plasma & Radiological Engineering
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Nuclear, Plasma & Radiological Engineering
Ellen Swain, Library Administration
Stewart S. Howe Archivist of Student Life and Culture as an Endowed Professor
Kelly Swanson, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Kraft Foods Human Nutrition Endowed Professor
Jonathan Sweedler, Chemistry
James R. Eiszner Family Chair in Chemistry
Charles Tabb, Law
Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Chair in Law
Emad Tajkhorshid, Biochemistry
J. Woodland Hastings Endowed Chair in Biochemistry
Jennifer Teper, Library Administration
John ‘Bud’ Velde Endowed Professor in Library Administration
Lynne Thomas, University Library
Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book and Manuscript Library Professorship
Suja Thomas, Law
Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor in Law
Josep Torrellas, Computer Science
Saburo Muroga Professor in Computer Science
Patrick Tranel, Crop Sciences
Ainsworth Professor in Crop Sciences
Alexander Vakakis, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor in Mechanical Science & Engineering
Albert Valocchi, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Abel Bliss Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Wilfred Van Der Donk, Chemistry
Richard E. Heckert Chair in Chemistry
Dale Van Harlingen, Physics
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Physics
Venugopal Veeravalli, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Henry Magnuski Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Madhu Viswanathan, Business Administration
Diane N. and Steven N. Miller Centennial Chair in Business
Yurii Vlasov, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Founder Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ning Wang, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Leonard C and Mary Lou Hoeft Professor in Mechanical Science & Engineering
Tandy Warnow, Computer Science
Founder Professor in Computer Science
Scott Weisbenner, Finance
William G. Karnes Professor in Mergers and Acquisitions
B. Joseph White, Business Administration
Towey Professor of Business and Leadership
Scott White, Aerospace Engineering
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Aerospace Engineering
John Wilkin, Library
Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson University Library Deanship
Michael Williamson, Accountancy
A. C. Littleton Professor in Accountancy
Barbara Wilson, Communication
Kathryn Lee Baynes Dallenbach Professor in Communication
Robin Fretwell Wilson, Law
Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor in Law
Martin Wong, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Edward C. Jordan Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Donald Wuebbles, Atmospheric Sciences
Harry E. Preble Professor in Atmospheric Sciences
Hong Yang, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Richard C. Alkire Professor in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Huimin Zhao, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Centennial Chair in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Steven Zimmerman, Chemistry
Roger Adams Professor in Chemistry
Jian-Min Zuo, Materials Science & Engineering
Racheff Professor in Materials Science & Engineering