Attracting and Retaining Top Faculty

Doubling Endowed Professorships

Since 2013, externally endowed professorships at Rutgers have increased from 41 to 89.

These endowments have brought Rutgers world-class scholars in fields from cell biology and cancer genomics to public history and humanities, engineering to entrepreneurship, water resources and watershed ecology to philosophy.

A few examples illustrate the talent filling these chairs.

  • Ted Baker, George F. Farris chair in entrepreneurship, helped build entrepreneurship programs at the University of Wisconsin and North Carolina State University.
  • Luciano D’Adamio, Krieger Klein endowed chair in Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegeneration research, is a distinguished expert who studied age-related neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients while at Yeshiva University.
  • Anne Mosenthal, Benjamin F. Rush Jr. endowed chair in surgery, was founding director of the nation’s first palliative care division in surgery at New Jersey Medical School.

30 Additional Professorships to Attract Top Scholars

President Barchi also created two groups of internally funded chairs—Henry Rutgers Professorships, for recruiting preeminent senior scholars; and Henry Rutgers Term Chairs, for outstanding faculty reaching the mid-phase of their careers. Funding came from presidential strategic funds and did not tap endowment income.

Nineteen Henry Rutgers Professorships have brought Rutgers acclaimed scholars in such fields as chemistry, law, global health, philosophy, African-American studies, and advanced manufacturing.

Eleven Henry Rutgers Term Chairs have supported mid-career faculty in areas including digital film, ethics, women’s and gender studies, piano, data science, health sciences, philosophy, planetary geology, and comparative sexuality, gender, and race.