Faculty Support

Faculty are the heart and soul of all great universities. They define the scope and quality of the educational experience and have transformative impacts on individual lives. They drive innovation by challenging assumptions, testing ideas and creating new knowledge. Through their intellect, curiosity and passion, they guide and mentor students in their own journey of discovery.

2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner Dr. Jay Baliga.

Chairs and Professorships at NC State

NC State is home to 2,300 outstanding teaching, research and extension faculty: dedicated scholars and educators with established records in advanced teaching and research. Twenty-one are members of prestigious National Academies. Many more have won national and international awards and professional recognition for excellence.

Recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty to lead academic programs is a priority for all universities. Endowed faculty positions are essential in this process. Endowed positions signal the commitment of the university to an academic discipline at the highest level. They attract leading scholars who, in turn, attract top faculty and students. For faculty, endowed positions affirm the value placed on the excellence of one’s work and demonstrate to other faculty that exceptional work is rewarded by the university community.

The market for outstanding faculty is intensely competitive. Compared with peer research institutions, NC State has significantly fewer endowed chairs and distinguished professorships. Increasing the number of endowed faculty positions will enable NC State to recruit new faculty and retain excellent scholars already at our university. In addition to valuable salary support, endowments for faculty positions also provide vital discretionary funds that these scholars can use toward their research, conference travel and other professional needs.

Opportunities for Your Support

Endowed Chair

Your gift of $2.5 million or more will provide salary and operational support enhancements to attract or retain eminent scholars to the college of your choice.

Endowed Distinguished Professorship

Your gift of $1 million or more will provide salary supplements and other resources to attract and retain highly respected scholars to the program of your choice. Many gifts qualify for state matching funds.The North Carolina General Assembly currently offers a generous gift-matching program available to donors who establish a distinguished professorship.