Roger Rothman
Associate professor of art and art history
Samuel H. Kress Professor of Art History, 2003-2008

"The Kress Professorship was instrumental in my decision to come to Bucknell. It allowed me to pursue research on Magritte and Dali and to present my work at conferences. My funding also paid for new books and DVDs for my courses, which enriches the classroom experience for students."

Attracting talent, rewarding inspiration

At the core of any top educational institution are its educators. Even more than our gorgeous campus, the promise of a fertile academic environment is the main draw for talented students. The same is true for professors. Endowed professorships and chairs help Bucknell attract highly sought-after professors and reward current faculty members who educate and inspire at the highest level.

With every endowed academic position, our ability to deliver on our mission for students grows. Chairs and professorships are a down payment on an effective and vibrant academic program that attracts students, enhances the University’s profile and makes a Bucknell degree even more meaningful.

Endowing a named professorship or chair provides an opportunity to honor a family member, a mentor or a friend while rewarding great teaching and scholarship.

Help keep 'exceptional' the norm

Certain educators stand out for their brilliant scholarship or their natural ability to engage students. You read books and see movies about them. You may have even been taught by one or two. Supporting chairs and professorships helps to ensure that every Bucknell student has an incredible learning experience, every day. And the professors, in turn, are able to advance their own scholarship in leaps and bounds.

Why support chairs and professorships?

  • To provide professors with significant opportunities for specialized academic pursuits.
  • To attract outstanding new professors from other institutions — or reward Bucknell faculty for extraordinary teaching and scholarship, and encourage them continue their academic career here.
  • To fund key roles in perpetuity and free annual salary dollars to support additional hiring.
  • To ensure that we can maintain the low student-to-faculty ratio that is central to our liberal arts mission.
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