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Faculty are the heart of Pratt’s academic enterprise. From teaching the underlying principles of a subject and initiating groundbreaking research to integrating new knowledge across the curriculum and creating top-ranked academic programs, stellar faculty members are the most influential element of the educational experience. Pratt professors leave an indelible mark on the lives of their students and, in so doing, impact all those who will benefit from their students’ vision, leadership, and creations.

Pratt offers alumni and friends numerous ways to help strengthen the Institute's faculty and provide resources to support their scholarly and creative initiatives.

Endowed Professorships

Endowed professorships are among the most significant and time-honored academic distinctions. Designed to recognize scholarly excellence and the role that stellar academicians play in creating new knowledge and advancing their institutions and society at large, endowed chairs offer the long-term institutional commitment and recognition required to attract, and retain, a visionary academic and practitioner in the field; provide funding for the position in perpetuity, thereby recognizing and fostering academic and creative excellence; ensure support for groundbreaking research, creative projects, and pioneering academic initiatives that will benefit Pratt students and humanity overall; and confer honor on the chair holder.