Faculty Research & Development

Through the generous support of our donors we are able to provide professorships, fellowships, and research funding to our renowned faculty.


At the School of Education and Human Development, we believe the strength of our students is contingent on the success of our faculty. Our professors encourage one another, just as they encourage their students. They go beyond instruction in the classroom and advance the School, their respective fields, and our society.

Faculty members are thought leaders who are shaping the definition of education.

Endowed Professorships

The School of Education and Human Development recognizes the accomplishments of senior scholars through the awarding of endowed professorships.

The School’s reputation attracts the interest of renowned faculty, and the School wants to make sure it can retain senior scholars. The awarding of endowed professorships grants a level of credibility and provides support for faculty members to conduct their research and instruction at the highest level. It takes $3 Million to endow a professorship, providing sustainable, recurring funding for highly productive faculty in fields related to the Dean’s Strategic Initiatives.

Dean's R&D Fund

The School of Education and Human Development has a track record of attracting large federal and private grants to fund major research projects. Yet, early stage education research—especially by newer “rising star” faculty members—is often stymied in its infancy because funding at that level is so elusive. Potentially significant educational innovations can lose traction without adequate financing or go off with faculty entrepreneurs to other universities with better resources.

The The Dean’s R&D Fund is built off pooled support, with gifts starting at $100,000. The gifts are combined to provide a flexible funding source for supporting the faculty's early to mid-stage research efforts that have significant potential impact on the field of education. Promising results can then leverage the seed funding ten times or more in subsequent research grants.