Chairs & Professorships

Faculty make student success a reality, and of all the honors that can be bestowed upon a professor, an endowed chair or professorship is among the highest. The prestige and freedom to conduct creative, innovative research these funds provide is an ideal tool for advancing our University — and world-changing discoveries.

Houston’s faculty is impressive by any standard. It includes winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, recipients of Guggenheim fellowships and 18 members of the National Academies of Sciences and of Engineering. And yet Houston lags behind other research universities in high-level faculty support. Approximately 9 percent of UH faculty members hold endowed chairs or professorships, as opposed to 10 to 20 percent in similar universities.

Help us keep the stellar faculty we currently have and attract tomorrow’s stars. When you establish and name a chair or professorship, or contribute to an existing one, you are fueling the powerhouse that is the University of Houston.

Professorships can be endowed for a minimum gift of $500,000, and chairs for a minimum of $1 million. For more information about establishing an endowment or contributing to an existing one, please contact Patrick O’Hara, Associate Vice President for University Development, at 713-743-1726 or paohara@central.uh.edu.

Paul Chu

A Superstar of Superconductivity: Dr. Paul Chu

Professor Paul C.W. Chu, T.L.L Temple Chair of Science, leads the way in the exciting field of superconductivity. He and his team achieved this phenomenon at record-high temperatures and continue to reach higher temperatures and novel materials. Chu is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a winner of the National Medal of Science and the International Prize for New Materials, among many other awards.

robert sheriff

Teacher and Benefactor: Robert E. Sheriff

Robert E. Sheriff, professor in the University of Houston Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, believed in giving back to the field he loved. Over the years, he and Margaret Sheriff established four endowments at the University of Houston, giving nearly $2 million in support of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Although Professor Sheriff passed away in 2014, his gifts keep his memory alive by continuing to support other outstanding faculty members in geophysics.