AUBURN UNIVERSITY – As part of its recent Endowed Professorship Campaign Awards ceremony, Auburn University presented 13 new professorships to faculty in four colleges and schools. In addition to honoring faculty, the ceremony celebrated the philanthropic spirit of alumni and friends who created these professorships.
Faculty honorees included one faculty member from the College of Business, five from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, two from the Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery Schools of Nursing and five from the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
The 2012 ceremony is the third event uniting the donors and recipients of professorships created during Auburn’s 2010 professorship campaign. The 12-month campaign, which targeted the creation of 81 professorships, generated 95 new professorships and added more than $14 million in value to the university’s endowment.
Currently, about 15 percent of Auburn’s faculty members hold endowed professorships, which help to recognize, retain and recruit outstanding faculty talent.
“These professorships support Auburn’s mission by recognizing our faculty’s intellectual vibrancy, elevated instructional standards and personal service to the university and their respective disciplines,” said Timothy Boosinger, Auburn’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Typically, faculty members receive endowed professorship appointments for a three-year period following a peer-based competitive process. Earnings from these endowments fund salary enhancements, travel and professional development, as well as research and outreach activities.
Endowments such as these can support associate professor, professor, department chair and dean positions in any of Auburn’s colleges and schools, as well as in specific specialties, degree programs or departments. Professorships bear the name of the individual, corporation or foundation establishing the endowment, or may be named to honor or memorialize another individual of the donor’s choosing.
For more information about faculty members who received endowed professorships and also for information about how to enhance existing or create new endowed professorships, go to https://develop.auburn.edu/news/2012/20121011_professorships.html.
(Contributed by Michael Tullier.)