Named faculty positions established with private support are enabling the university to secure its position as a top institution by attracting and retaining world-class professors and researchers.

Dean’s Chairs and Department Chairs

Endowed leadership positions enable administrators — deans, directors and department chairs — to leverage human and financial resources to intensify the impact of their unit and its programs. Because earnings from endowments are not intended for one specific project, program or person, they can be focused on urgent or emerging priorities.

An endowed dean’s chair may be established with a minimum commitment of $3 million.

A department chair or other executive officer position may be endowed with a minimum commitment of $2 million to $3 million.

Chairs and Professorships

Endowed chairs and professorships are the most esteemed positions in academia. They help recruit and retain exceptional scholars by acknowledging their professional leadership and ensuring appropriate compensation. Earnings from endowed positions further research, provide students valuable opportunities, and expand academic programs.

An endowed chair may be established with a minimum commitment of $1.5 million to $2 million.

An endowed professorship may be established with a minimum commitment of $500,000 to $750,000.

Faculty Fellowships

Fellowships are awards given to encourage faculty to pursue new ideas, creative projects and research that allow them to grow in their disciplines and bring fresh ideas into the classroom.

Faculty fellowships may be endowed with a minimum commitment of $250,000.

Private support is essential to recruit and retain the very best faculty at Iowa State. Click here to learn more about online giving opportunities and to make a gift.