Are there examples of one person holding more than one endowed chair at the same university?

  • At the same university or at different universities simultaneously?
    – virmaior
    Commented Aug 12, 2014 at 2:17
  • My answered assumed at the same university, otherwise this would be a duplicate of: academia.stackexchange.com/questions/1999/…
    – RoboKaren
    Commented Aug 12, 2014 at 16:51
  • I've edited it to clarify at the same university. Feel free to revert if you disagree.
    – RoboKaren
    Commented Aug 13, 2014 at 22:56

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I had personally never heard of anyone occupying two endowed chairs at the same time at the same university. Even if a person had two appointments in separate departments at the same university (for example, History of Science and Psychology), they were usually listed as the:

  • Dunning-Kruger Professor of Psychology and History of Science

or alternately, if the endowed line (the DK-Professorship) had been bequeathed specifically to Psychology for example:

  • Dunning-Kruger Professor of Psychology, Professor of History of Science

So the short answer is: no.

But that being said, there are always exceptions. A little digging around at universities that have separate sub-units revealed that, at Harvard there is a person in History who holds two endowed chairs and one regular position:

  • Annette Gordon-Reed
    • Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School
    • Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute
    • [Harvard U. FAS] Professor of History

I personally think that this exception proves the rule since the three professorships are at nominally separate entities (HLS, Radcliffe I, and Harvard U FAS) that are under the singular Harvard conglomerate umbrella.


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