Faculty Advancement and Expansion

Distinguished faculty define a great university. To compete for world-class senior and junior teachers and researchers, Northeastern seeks endowment funds for chairs and professorships. Philanthropy will also enable “cluster hiring”—assembling teams of faculty researchers who can work across disciplines and define new fields: Law and health sciences, for example. Physics and digital media. Or sociology, anthropology, and international affairs.



Endowed deanships

Northeastern seeks endowment funds for deanships at its seven colleges and its business and law schools. Your gift ensures sustained support for visionary leaders who champion the interests of today’s students, empower faculty to deliver leading-edge scholarship, and launch new degree programs.


Endowed chairs and professorships

To expand to at least 60 percent the proportion of faculty engaged in research, the university aims to raise at least $50 million for endowed professorships. The power of an endowed chair, which traditionally bears the donor’s name, lies in its ripple effects. Chair holders attract grant funding; they also draw brilliant graduate and undergraduate students, as well as top-flight faculty eager to become their peer-collaborators. Early-career professorships nurture exceptional junior faculty. Visiting professorships bring distinguished scholars to campus. Northeastern seeks at least $20 million for these purposes.


Faculty fellowship funds

These funds support rising junior faculty as they conduct research, travel to academic conferences, develop prototype inventions, and in other ways bring their scholarship to fruition.


Recruitment funds

Northeastern aims to recruit at least 250 more tenured and tenure-track faculty members, each with a portfolio of original scholarship. By bringing a new senior or junior member to the faculty, you will enrich the university’s intellectual capital. You’ll also expose students to expert teachers, mentors, and inspiring role models.



As our faculty expands, the university must allocate additional space for classrooms, laboratories, and other areas that bring scholars from diverse disciplines together to meet and work. The university aims to expand facilities by at least 1 million square feet. Supporters will have many opportunities to name the spaces within them.



faculty_finalEndowed chairs and professorships are academe’s highest honors. Bestowed upon senior faculty and rising stars, they provide crucial salary and research support. The campaign seeks endowment funds to attract and retain world-class scholars.

Northeastern’s exceptional faculty includes (from left) Ruderman Professor and Director of Jewish Studies Lori Lefkovitz, whose writings explore narrative, gender, and ethnicity; Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Shashi Murthy, who is pioneering low-cost, point-of-care technologies to detect and treat disease; and Assistant Professor of International Business and Strategy Denise Dunlap, who examines the pharmaceutical industry’s use of scientific data to create next-generation medicines.