Faculty

RECRUITING AND RETAINING GREAT FACULTY

Because of the essential role that faculty play at any institution, competition to recruit and retain outstanding scholars and teachers is keen and growing more and more intense. There is no doubt that endowed chairs are a critical and effective tool for recruiting and retaining the country’s best faculty. Endowed chairs are also vital to recruiting distinguished senior faculty who have served for many years on the faculty of another institution.

a major factor in my decision to come to Vanderbilt was the opportunity to be the first Joe L. Roby Chair in Economics. The chair appealed to me as a recognition of past accomplishments, but I also view it as a challenge. A chair is a challenge to provide leadership in teaching and research.
–Professor Eric Bond

At Vanderbilt, named chairs signal scholarly achievement, distinction, and the promise of future discovery through exceptional teaching and ground-breaking research. While some universities include many named chair holders on their faculties, many of those distinguished scholars have no contact with undergraduate students. At Vanderbilt, we work very hard to build a faculty of renowned scholars and researchers who also teach undergraduates. Undergraduates value access to the most exciting and talented scholars and teachers, and Vanderbilt’s commitment to a tradition of excellence in teaching remains a core value.

Endowed, named chairs are established through generous gifts from donors who recognize the importance of lasting support for outstanding faculty. The original endowment gift for a named chair is never spent. Instead, the funds are invested, and a portion of the earnings is used each year to support the research and teaching of the chair holder.

Those with an interest in ensuring faculty quality through an endowed chair have different options:

Type of Chair Gift Level Description
Endowed University Chair $2,500,000 Used to support a distinguished interdisciplinary scholar whose work influences multiple fields of study, formally appointed to two or more school faculties of the University
Endowed Chair $2,000,000 Used to recruit or retain a scholar whose achievements have earned distinction
     

Gifts of this size can be made in one gift or funded through a pledge, payable over as many as five years. If funding is completed over a period of years, earnings are typically reinvested. When the gift is completed, the chair is available to be filled.

To find out more about endowing a chair, please contact Jonathan Petty, Associate Dean, at (615) 322-8119.

CURRENT ARTS AND SCIENCE ENDOWED CHAIRS

Endowed Chairs and Chair Holders

• Terrence E. Adderley, Jr. Chair in Economics, William Collins

• Harvie Branscomb Chair in Sociology, R. Jay Turner

• Gordon A. Cain, Jr. University Chair in Physics; A.B. Learned Chair in Living State Physics, John Wikswo

• Centennial Chair in History, Joel Harrington

• Centennial Professor of English, Mark Jarman

• Centennial Professor of Mathematics, Emmanuele DiBenedetto

• Centennial Professor of Mathematics, Alexander Ol’Shanskiy

• Centennial Professor of Mathematics, Mark Sapir

• Centennial Professor in Philosophy, John Lachs

• Centennial Professor in Political Science, Mitchell Seligson

• Centennial Professor of Psychology, Randolph Blake

• Centennial Professor of Psychology, Gordon Logan

• Chancellor’s Chair in History, Michael D. Bess

• Chancellor’s Chair in Spanish, Cathy Login Jrade

• Hertha Ramsey Cress University Chair in Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering and Physics, John C. Gore

• Distinguished Professor of German, Barbara Hahn

• Distinguished Professor of History, James A. Epstein

• Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, Ralph McKenzie

• Frances and John Dowing Family Chair, Kamal Saggi

• Jack and Pamela Egan Chair in Chemistry, Sandra J. Rosenthal

• Samuel Milton Fleming Chair in English, Tony Earley

• Landon C. Garland Distinguished Chair in Physics, Joseph Hamilton

• Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Chair in Art History, Christopher Johns

• Eugene Greener Jr. Chair in Jewish Studies, David Wasserstein

• Ingram Chair in Anthropology, Arthur Demarest

• E. Bronson Ingram Chair in Economics, Jennifer Reinganum

• E. Bronson Ingram Chair in Neuroscience, Jeffrey D. Schall

• Martha Rivers Ingram Chair in English, Vera M. Kutzinski

• Martha Rivers Ingram Chair in History, Helmut W. Smith

• Martha Rivers Ingram University Distinguished Chair
in History, Peter Lake

• Andrew Jackson Chair in American History, Richard Blackett

• W. Alton Jones Chair in Philosophy, Marilyn A. Friedman

• W. Alton Jones Chair in Philosophy, Larry May

• W. Alton Jones Chair in Philosophy, Kelly Oliver

• W. Alton Jones Chair in Philosophy, David C. Wood

• William R. Kenan Jr. Chair in Earth and Environmental
Sciences, Calvin F. Miller

• William R. Kenan Jr. Chair in English, Jay Clayton

• William R. Kenan Jr. Chair in English, Cecelia Tichi

• William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair in History, Celia Stewart Applegate

• William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair in Political Science, David E. Lewis

• Reverend James M. Lawson Jr. Chair in History, Dennis Dickerson

• Holland M. McTyeire Chair in History, Daniel H. Usner Jr.

• Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities, Lenn E. Goodman

• Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities, Ruth Hill

• Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities, Jonathan Lamb

• Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities, Kevin D. Murphy

• Edwin Mims Chair in English, Leah Marcus

• Nancy Perot Mulford Chair in English, Lynn Enterline

• Frederick B. Rentschler II Chair in Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, Jonathan Metzl

• Joe L. Roby Chair in Economics, Eric W. Bond

• May Werthan Shayne Chair in Public Policy and Social Science,
Larry M. Bartels

• Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences, Kenneth Catania

• Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences, Carl H. Johnson

• Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences, Douglas G. McMahon

• Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences, James G. Patton

• Stevenson Chair in Chemistry, Jeffrey N. Johnston

• Stevenson Chair in Chemistry, John McLean

• Stevenson Chair in Chemistry, Gary Allen Sulikowski

• Stevenson Chair in Chemistry, David W. Wright

• Stevenson Chair in Mathematics, Gennadi Kasparov

• Stevenson Chair in Mathematics, Larry Schumaker

• Stevenson Distinguished Chair in Mathematics, Vaughn Jones

• Stevenson Chair in Neurobiology, Kendal Scot Broadie

• Stevenson Chair in Physics, Senta Victoria Greene

• Stevenson Chair in Physics, Richard F. Haglund Jr.

• Nelson Tyrone, Jr. Chair in American History, Elizabeth Lunbeck

• University Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth and Environmental Sciences, George Hornberger

• University Distinguished Professor of English, Houston A. Baker Jr.

• University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics and Management, W. Kip Viscusi

• University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering; William A. and Nancy F. McMinn Chair in Physics, Sokrates Pantelides

• University Professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Pharmacology; Mary Geddes Stahlman Chair, Lawrence J. Marnett

• University Professor of Law and Political Science, Edward L. Rubin

• Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Biological Sciences, Antonis Rokas

• Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Biological Sciences, Laurence J. Zwiebel

• Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair in History, David Blackbourn

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in African American and Diaspora Studies and French, Tracy Sharpley-Whiting

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Economics, Andrew Daughety

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Economics, Tong Li

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Economics, John A. Weymark

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in English, Michael Kreyling

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in English, Lorrie Moore

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in English, Dana Nelson

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in English, Hortense Spillers

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in German, Lutz Koepnick

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in History, William P. Caferro

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in History, Jane G. Landers

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities, Tony K. Stewart

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Political Science, John G. Geer

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Psychology, Steven D. Hollon

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Psychology, Sohee Park

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Sociology, Larry Isaac

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Spanish, Edward Friedman

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Spanish, William Luis

• Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair in Psychology,
Jon H. Kaas

• Robert Penn Warren Chair in the Humanities, Colin Dayan

• David K. Wilson Chair in Psychology, Isabel Gauthier

• Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Chair in Anthropology and Religion and Culture, Tom Dillehay