Endowed Professorships and Faculty Support
Historically, endowed professorships at the University of Virginia added a thin veneer of private support to a generally adequate state salary. Today, the Law School is financially self-sufficient and endowment funds provide, as they do for our private peers, a major source of financial support for faculty and teaching excellence. They provide permanent resources critical to the school's ability to attract and retain teachers and scholars of extraordinary worth.
Distinguished professorships honor the school’s leading senior faculty. Ordinarily, distinguished professorships are held for the duration of the chair holder's tenure with the Law School. The income from endowments of this magnitude makes a substantial contribution to the chair holder's position and helps the school reward and retain preeminent teachers and scholars.
Research professorships provide significant summer support for productive scholars. Research professorships are usually held for three-year terms. Appointments are not based on seniority but on scholarly productivity and contribution to the institution. Accordingly, research professorships provide a flexible and meaningful way to recognize, reward, and encourage faculty productivity.
Endowed lectureships enable the Law School to attract distinguished scholars, practitioners, jurists, and executives to visit for intensive offerings of two or four weeks' duration. The ability to attract outside visitors is increasingly important. They are central to the school's ability to supplement the core curriculum with short courses in areas of emerging interest, notably including international law and intellectual property. In most cases, those who offer short courses are interested professionals rather than professional academics, and many are Law School alumni.