Every great advance in research and scholarship begins with a "Hmm." A desire to push a boundary. Kick open a door. Answer a question. Maryland welcomes brilliant, curious faculty and students. By supporting endowed professorships, graduate fellowships, new labs and more, you can help recruit and keep the best and brightest here to discover new knowledge. The university’s gifted professors produce groundbreaking research. They attract, teach and mentor brilliant graduate students. They inspire and prepare undergraduates to become the next generation of innovators. They are the foundation of a world-class academic enterprise.
The Impact of an Endowed Faculty Position
Endowed professorships allow us to attract and retain top faculty. Highly sought after and long held, these named positions confer lasting prestige on the scholar as well as the donor. Only one faculty member in 32 holds an endowed position at the University of Maryland, far too few to secure leadership in many growing disciplines. And our endowment is well below those of our institutional peers. That must change. Your gift to endow a faculty position can galvanize scholarship in a critical field. It can serve as an academic center of gravity, drawing in research funding and top teaching talent. It can elevate the reputation of a department—and indeed, of the University of Maryland itself. That is the power of an endowed professorship.