Faculty Support

Endowed Chairs

Note: For the chairs described below, the donor’s name may be linked to this chair in perpetuity, or the chair may be named for another person the donor wishes to honor.

Presidential Endowed Chair

Dedicated with an endowment of $5 million.
All future Olin Presidents will hold this chair while in office. Funds allocated from earnings on the endowment principal will allow the President to designate seed funding for new educational innovations and initiatives at Olin and to leverage opportunities to strengthen academic and other college programs.

Provost Endowed Chair

Dedicated with an endowment of $4 million.
All future Olin Provosts will hold this chair while in office. Funds allocated from earnings on the endowment principal will allow the Provost to capitalize on unique opportunities to strengthen the Olin offer; for example, to recruit a highly desirable faculty member who becomes available when there is no budgeted position open.

Entrepreneurship Endowed Chair

Dedicated with an endowment of $3 million.
This chair will be used to recruit a senior faculty leader whose primary focus would be on the entrepreneurship curriculum at Olin. The new faculty position will accelerate the school’s integration of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking as part of the undergraduate engineering program, to enhance the national and international leadership Olin is cultivating in this area.

Engineering Education Innovation Endowed Chairs

Dedicated with an endowment of $3 million.
These chairs will be awarded to faculty at Olin who are globally recognized leaders in transforming engineering education. Funding will support Olin faculty members’ growth and the breadth of their experience by enabling the hiring of an additional faculty member. This serves to provide the faculty holding these chairs greater opportunity to collaborate with their peers at other schools and in other professional contexts—collaborations which lead to lasting cultural and educational changes at their respective institution.

Engineering Education Innovation Professors

Dedicated with a funding of either a one-time donation of $1.5 million or an annual donation of $150,000 for ten years or more. The donor’s name may be linked to this professorship for this ten-year period, or the chair may be named for another person the donor wishes to honor.
These professorships will be awarded predominantly to existing Olin faculty in recognition of their past record of engineering education innovation. Funding will build Olin’s faculty capacity temporarily (i.e., for ten years) through hiring an additional faculty member hence providing the individuals holding these professorships with more time to collaborate with faculty at other institutions. These collaborations in turn will lead to cultural and educational changes beyond Olin.

Faculty Development Fellowships

These are awarded by the Dean of Faculty to enable Olin College of Engineering faculty to pursue innovative engineering research, engage in new academic ventures or explore the development of innovative new components in curricula.