Endowed faculty fellowships, professorships and chair appointments provide recognition and support to exemplary faculty members. They are critical to the recruitment and retention of academic leaders.

A faculty fellowship, professorship, or chair appointment is an at-will appointment, subject to the authority of the administrative official, for either an indefinite period subject to review at least every 5 years (not to be interpreted as life-time) or a limited specified period. Faculty members may hold only one faculty fellowship, professorship or chair appointment at any given time.

Endowment Appointment Process

Endowed appointments should be entered into Workday at the local level via the Add Academic Appointment Track process. Please include the complete name of the endowment in the comment section when completing the Workday business process.

Required Documents (New Appointment) 
Updated 10/31/2019

  • Letter from the director/chair requesting the appointment
  • Candidate’s CV
  • Endowment agreement (Contact your dean’s/chancellor’s office for more information)
  • Any other supporting documentation

If the Provost concurs with the recommendation, the nominations for professorships or chair appointments are submitted on behalf of the president to the Board of Regents. Faculty fellowships are approved by the provost.

The provost will inform the candidate of their review decision in writing. The professorship or chair appointment cannot be announced until formal approval has been granted by the Board of Regents.

Required Documents (Renewal) 

  • Renewal letter from director/chair that includes a reappointment request and new appointment length

Administering Funds

Chancellors and deans shall be responsible for administering expenditures related to an endowed faculty fellowship, professorship or chair appointment in accordance with University policies and procedures to assure compliance with the endowment agreement.

Guidelines for the terms and use of operating income on endowed and term faculty fellowships, professorships and chair appointments are outlined here.

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