July 14, 2020
Kenyon has updated its plans for returning to campus, offering in-person and remote instruction. Read more here.
The Harry M. Clor Professorship in Political Science
The Harry M. Clor Professorship in Political Science was established in 1998 through generous gifts from grateful former students of Harry M. Clor, scholar and Kenyon professor of political science for thirty-four years, author and editor, advisor to colleagues and to national organizations. The Clor Professorship supports and recognizes an exceptional faculty member in the College's Department of Political Science.
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Samuel B. Cummings Jr. Professorship in Psychology
Established in 1987 by friends and former students of Samuel B. Cummings Jr., professor of psychology, who retired in 1971 after more than thirty years as teacher, mentor, and friend to eight generations of students at the College.
Roy T. Wortman Professorship in History
The Distinguished Professorship in History was established in 2001 through generous gifts from former students and friends of Roy T. Wortman, in honor of his achievements, both individually and as a member of the department he helped to shape. The Distinguished Professorship in History supports and recognizes an exceptional faculty member in Kenyon's Department of History who is committed and dedicated to teaching excellence, with Roy T. Wortman named the first incumbent. Upon Professor Wortman's retirement, the chair was renamed the Roy T. Wortman Professorship in History.
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Bruce L. Gensemer Professorship in Economics
The Bruce L. Gensemer Professorship in Economics was established in 2005, through a generous gift from John C. Riazzi, Class of 1985, a former student, in honor of Bruce L. Gensemer, who inspired Riazzi to pursue goals without limit and to reach beyond common expectations. As a Kenyon professor, Bruce Gensemer could see talents in students that they did not see in themselves and nurtured those abilities not readily evident from known or existing credentials. The Bruce L. Gensemer Professorship supports and honors an exceptional faculty member in Kenyon's Department of Economics.
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Robert J. and Paul G. Himmelright Professorship in Economics
Established in 1986 by Robert J. Himmelright Jr., Class of 1950 and an emeritus trustee of the College, together with his brother, Paul G. Himmelright II, and sister, Nancy Himmelright Hoyt, in honor of their father (Robert) and uncle (Paul). The professorship encourages excellence in the teaching of economics.
Robert P. Hubbard Professorship in Poetry
The Robert P. Hubbard Professorship in Poetry was established in 2000 through a generous gift from Robert Penniman Hubbard, Class of 1953, to honor and sustain the extraordinary richness of poetry in Kenyon's history. The Hubbard Chair supports a faculty member dedicated to both the writing of poetry and the teaching of it. The Hubbard Professor in every way participates in the life of the College and the Department of English and has a reduced teaching load of one course per year, allowing the incumbent adequate time to continue writing and also to develop programs designed to foster the understanding and appreciation of poetry for all members of the College community. To that end, a special fund is provided to support such programs and to bring visiting poets to campus. Reflecting the importance of this position, the College maintains maximum flexibility in appointing the Robert P. Hubbard Professor, with regard to both rank and term.
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The James D. and Cornelia W. Ireland Professorship in Music
Established in 1998 through the generous gift of Cornelia Ireland Hallinan, Class of 1976, Honorary 1991, and a trustee of the College, her husband, Robert E. Hallinan, Class of 1974, and the trustees of the Elizabeth R. and William G. Mather Fund. The Ireland Professorship in Music encourages a fuller appreciation for the richness and importance of music at Kenyon College and in the human experience.
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Philip and Sheila Jordan Professorship in Environmental Science
Established in 1994 by Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Thomson, parents of David A. Thomson, Class of 1976, and the Beatrice Delany Charitable Trust in honor of Philip and Sheila Jordan and in recognition of the Jordan's interest in environmental issues. The income supports a professorship in environmental sciences.
Learn more about the Philip and Sheila Jordan Professorship
The Harvey F. Lodish Faculty Development Professorship in the Natural Sciences
Established in 2000 through a gift from Harvey Lodish, Class of 1962, Honorary 1982, Parent 1989, and Pamela Lodish, Parent 1989, to recognize excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship in the sciences at Kenyon. The Lodish Professorship is awarded to a junior faculty member in the Natural Sciences Division. The professorship is designed to attract and retain a particularly promising colleague by offering not only extraordinary prestige but also substantial support for research at a critical period early in the faculty member's career. The term of the chair will generally not exceed three years.
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John D. MacArthur Professorship Fund
Established in 1981 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The income supports a professorship to assist in recruiting new and promising faculty members.
The John B. McCoy-Banc One Distinguished Teaching Professorship
Established in 1998 by Banc One Corporation and John B. McCoy, emeritus trustee and benefactor of the College and former chair and chief executive officer of Banc One Corporation. The income supports a professorship for a senior faculty member who is a role model for colleagues and an emblem of the College's ideal of the teacher/scholar in the liberal-arts tradition. The professorship is a five-year rotating position.
Learn more about the John B. McCoy-Banc Professorship
James E. Michael Chair in Playwriting
Established in 1995 in honor of James Elder Michael, distinguished member of the faculty from 1947 to 1975, with gifts from alumni, parents, and members of the Gambier community. The income supports a professorship for a playwright-in-residence, in recognition of Professor Michael's profound influence on the College's drama department for nearly thirty years.
Read about current playwright-in-residence, Wendy MacLeod
National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship
Established in 1994 through a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and gifts from alumni and friends of the College. The NEH professorship honors a member of the College's humanities faculty who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and a vision of the potential that the professorship affords to enhance the study of the humanities at Kenyon. This is a rotating position with three-year terms.
The Robert A. Oden Jr. Professorship
Established in 2000 by an anonymous gift. The Robert A. Oden Jr. Professorship honors those teachers and scholars whose work in and out of the classroom openly takes the kinds of risks upon which groundbreaking achievements are based. The Oden Professorship celebrates and honors those who, through tenacity and risk-taking, achieve breakthrough moments in their discipline. The professorship will be held by a faculty member for a term of five years, after which it will be awarded to another faculty member. There are no restrictions with regard to departmental affiliation of the Oden Professors.
Learn more about the Robert A. Oden Jr. Professorship and read about recipients Professors Joan Slonczewski and Benjamin Locke
John Crowe Ransom Professorship in English
Established and fully endowed in 1988 by a gift from an anonymous donor in honor of John Crowe Ransom, poet, critic, teacher, and founding editor of The Kenyon Review. The chair is occupied by a distinguished member of the faculty in the College's Department of English.
William P. Rice '66 Professorship in English and Literature
Established in 2011by William P. Rice '66, income from the fund will provide salary, professional development, and research support to a professor in the Kenyon College Department of English, or a professor in Modern Languages and Literature or Classics who teaches literature in those departments. The William P. Rice Professorship honors a promising scholar whose work in publications, research, or teaching exemplifies excellence in his or her discipline.
The Donald L. Rogan Professorship in Religious Studies
The Donald L. Rogan Professorship in Religious Studies was established in 2001 through a generous gift from Myer Berlow, Class of 1972, and Caroline Coty Sidnam, Class of 1974, two of Professor Rogan's former students, in honor of Donald L. Rogan, teacher, mentor, advisor, and friend to generations of students and others in the Kenyon community. The Rogan professorship supports a distinguished faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies, with preference given to those who share Professor Rogan's love of literature and art.
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R. Todd Ruppert Professorship in International Studies
Established by R. Todd Ruppert, Class of 1978, and his wife Karen, the professorship supports Kenyon's Department of International Studies. The professorship is awarded to the chair of the department on a rotating basis. The income from the fund may be used to underwrite salary and benefits for the position, as well as to support research projects, technology, programming, and other initiatives to benefit the Department of International Studies.
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J. Kenneth Smail Professorship in Anthropology Studies
The J. Kenneth Smail Professorship in Anthropology was established in 2006 through a generous gift from the Eaton family: Edwin H. Eaton Jr., Class of 1960 (economics), Honorary 2003; his wife, Christine "Tickie" Eaton; their son Christopher Eaton '89 (anthropology); and Christopher's wife, Colleen Siders Eaton '87 (anthropology). Ken Smail joined the Kenyon faculty in 1973 as Kenyon's first professor in anthropology and retired in 2004. This professorship honors Smail's passionate dedication to quality teaching and his vision to build a top-rate undergraduate anthropology program. This is a career chair to be held by the appointee until retirement.
Learn more about the J. Kenneth Smail Professorship
James P. Storer Professorship in Asian History
Established in 1985 through the generous gift of James P. Storer, Class of 1949, Honorary 1985, and an emeritus trustee of the College. The professorship encourages a fuller understanding of Eastern civilizations and their impact on the Western world.
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Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing
Established in 1997 with a gift from Richard L. Thomas, Class of 1953, Parent 1981, Honorary 1972, and Trustee from 1967 to 2003. The Thomas Chair in Creative Writing supports two writers each year of national stature and achievement, each of whom are in residence for one semester. The Chair supports stability and direction in the creative writing program, and above all, recommits the College to its historic greatness in the world of literature.
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Thomas S. Turgeon Professorship in Drama and Dance
The Thomas S. Turgeon Professorship in Dance and Drama was established in 2005 through generous gifts from former students and friends of Tom Turgeon in honor of his exemplary teaching at Kenyon from 1972 to 2008, and his mentorship of student actors, directors, dramaturgs, designers, and filmmakers that greatly influenced their lives and careers. The Turgeon Professorship is open term with an annual research stipend and no course release. It is the first endowed professorship for which all members of the drama faculty are eligible.
Learn more about the Thomas S. Turgeon Professorship