Faculty Scholar Chairs

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Some of the most exciting and innovative teaching at Stanford is being done by junior faculty members. As they build their teaching careers, these assistant and associate professors are also launching their research programs, and they are often at a disadvantage when competing for research support with senior faculty who may be leading more established research programs. Private support for research, particularly in the form of faculty scholar chairs, is crucial for the development of junior faculty.

To help ensure the excellence of its faculty over the long-term, Stanford has devised the faculty scholars chairs as a means to honor, encourage, and support outstanding younger faculty as their careers develop. Gifts endowing faculty scholar chairs strengthen Stanford’s future, enabling the university to attract and retain the most brilliant young faculty members in their fields. Income from faculty scholar chair endowments pays the holders’ salaries along with related expenses, including research support, travel costs, and summer salaries.