Academic Personnel


Endowed faculty fellowships, professorships and chairs provide significant benefits in recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty at the University. These endowed gifts greatly enrich support for the teaching and research activities of distinguished faculty and bring public recognition of their status.

Faculty Fellowships, Professorships and Chairs

Faculty fellowships, professorships and chairs may be used to supplement the base salaries of faculty members as authorized in the endowment. Endowment expenditures must be consistent with the terms of the endowment agreement. The use of endowment funds for faculty compensation in the form of base salary or a supplement to base salary may be allowed.

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 five 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

Endowment appointments are entered in Workday. The Integrated Service Center (ISC) provides information about the process.

For each endowment appointment request, the required documentation is usually a¬†letter from the Chair/Director requesting the appointment, the candidate’s CV, biographic statement and any other supporting documentation. If the Provost concurs with the recommendation, the nomination for Professorships or Chairs is 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.

Candidate Biographical Statement

The statement should include the following:

  • Academic degrees, starting with undergraduate degree
    • Degree type, granting institution, date received
  • Professional history and employment at the UW
  • Professional achievements/most significant career accomplishments
  • Explanation of current research interests or activities (in laymen’s terms, if technical/scientific)
  • Areas of expertise
  • Awards, honors, and grants received
  • Recent activities that are related to their scholarly career
  • Why the school/college/campus chose this faculty member to receive the endowment
  • Bibliography


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

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

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