Endowed Positions

Kent State University's rising stature among the nation’s best public research universities depends on the success and achievements of our faculty. Perpetual support allows faculty to advance their work, assist in research, purchase equipment and push the boundaries of the unknown for generations to come.

An endowed position (often a professorship or chair) is permanently supplemented by the revenue generated from an endowed fund, created thanks to the generosity of donors. Endowed chairs and professorships also often provide the holder with additional funds for research, equipment or other support. Endowed positions are crucial for recruiting and retaining the highest-quality faculty, and donor support for endowed positions makes a lasting impact on the university and our students.

Our goal is to double the number of endowed chairs and professorships across our campuses.

Current Endowed Faculty and Positions

Kendra S. Albright

Kendra S. Albright, Ph.D.

Goodyear Endowed Professorship in Knowledge Management
College of Communication and Information





Sara Bayramzadeh

Sara Bayramzadeh, Ph.D.

The Elliot Professorship in Health Care Design
College of Architecture and Environmental Design





Jose Benitez

Jose Benitez, Ph.D.

Bridgestone Endowed Chair in International Business
Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship





Headshot of Peter Bobkowski

Peter Bobkowski, Ph.D.

Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism
College of Communication & Information





Steve Dennis

Steven A. Dennis, Ph.D.

Firestone Endowed Chair in Corporate Finance
Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship





Richard E. Ferdig, PhD

Richard Ferdig, Ph.D.

Summit Professorship of Learning Technologies
College of Education, Health and Human Services





David Hassler

David Hassler

The Bob and Walt Wick Executive Director of the Wick Poetry Center
College of Arts and Sciences





Mourad Krifa

Mourad Krifa, Ph.D.

Margaret Clark Morgan Director of the School of Fashion
College of the Arts





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Versie Johnson-Mallard, Ph.D., RN, APRN, FAANP, FAAN

Henderson Memorial Endowed Leadership Chair
College of Nursing





Xiaoling Pu

Xiaoling Pu, Ph.D.

Olga A. Mural Risk Management Professorship
Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship





Jonathan Selinger

Jonathan Selinger, Ph.D.

Ohio Eminent Scholar In Theoretical Liquid Crystal Physics
Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute
Division of Research and Economic Development





Nanako Umemoto

Nanako Umemoto

The John and Fonda Elliot Endowed Visiting Professorship
College of Architecture and Environmental Design








David Ward

David Ward, Ph.D.

J. Arthur and Margaret Hatton Herrick Endowed Chair in Plant Conservation Biology
College of Arts and Sciences





Positions To Be Filled

  • The George R. Newkome Endowed Professorship in Materials Science
  • Dr. Kenneth Cummins Professorship of Mathematics
  • The Chizu & Kota Yokoyama Endowed Assistant Professorship
  • Consumer Rights Professoriate in Legal Studies
  • The Terry E. and Sarah S. Miller Endowed Professorship in Ethnomusicology
  • The John and Fonda Elliot Designer in Residence
  • Rebecca Tolle and Burton W. Gorman Endowed Chair for Leadership in Education

Future Positions Established through Legacy Commitments

  • Armstrong Family Endowed Chair in Design
  • Cathy D. Hemming Endowed English Chair
  • Dr. David A. and Audrey Cielinski Kessler Endowed Professorship in Forensics
  • Dr. David A. and Audrey Cielinski Kessler Endowed Professorship in Peace & Conflict Studies
  • The Earl K. Miller Director of the Brain Health Research Institute
  • The Earl K. Miller Professor of Neuroscience
  • The Dr. James L. Raper Endowed Professorship