An endowed professorship is among the highest honors a member of the university faculty can receive. The appointment reflects the institution's appreciation of a scholar's achievements and provides essential support to advance additional intellectual work. Among other activities, professors use the associated funds to:
- support initial information gathering required to secure outside funding,
- provide financial assistance to student researchers, and
- fund travel to present findings at major academic conferences.
Endowed professorships are essential not only for the tangible benefits they provide, but also their symbolic significance to the individuals designated to receive them. These honors help attract and keep top faculty, and provide meaningful recognition to some of the academic community's most outstanding members.