Endowed chairs and professorships greatly enhance the prestige of academic institutions. They are powerful vehicles used to celebrate distinction and are given to scholars or teachers who are widely recognized as leaders in their field. These endowments help our university attract and retain the best faculty and students.
An endowed chair or professorship is more than an honorific for the academic chosen to hold it. It offers a private source of funding that enables the chair holder to take advantage of opportunities, finance important research, fund necessary instrumentation, attract post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, and support collaborations with other colleagues.
Creating endowed chairs and professorships is a priority at the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation because of the powerful and direct impact these academics have on our students, our faculty and our future.
Faculty awards recognize outstanding contributions in education and nurture faculty excellence. Awards are a meaningful way to thank and acknowledge the stellar work faculty do, in their important role as mentors to the next generation and forward-thinking researchers.
Distinguished lecture series enhance our campuses’ ability to stimulate intellectual vitality in our community. Through public lectures given by distinguished leaders and renowned scholars, our community is introduced to new ideas and engages in the exchange of knowledge.
Eric Yamamoto, named the Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice UH Mānoa, has a special connection with the professorship’s eponym.Learn More
Revered kūpuna Gladys Kamakakūokalani ʻAinoa Brandt’s life was shaped by the history unfolding around her; Hawaiian studies at UH were shaped by her vision.Learn More
Judith Pyle established an endowed dean's position at Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge to help build a healthy, vibrant place of indigenous scholarship.Learn More