Endowed Chairs & Professorships

Endowed chairs and professors at the University of Houston range from leaders of organizations to recipients of numerous awards, such as the National Medal of Science and the MacArthur "Genius" Grant.

Listed below are UH faculty members who hold endowed professorships and chairs. For information about establishing an endowment or contributing to an existing one, please contact us at 713-743-4708 or development@uh.edu. Currently, donors may establish a professorship at UH with a gift of $500,000.


Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture

Larry Bell Larry Bell
Larry Bell Space Architecture Professorship
Donor: SPACEHAB Corporation

“I am grateful to the SPACEHAB Corporation and to the University of Houston for establishing the first-ever space architecture professorship in my name. It is particularly gratifying that this honor recognizes achievements of our unique UH program in this important new field.”

C. T. Bauer College of Business

Edward BlairEdward A. Blair
Michael J. Cemo Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Donor: Michael J. Cemo

“I am honored to hold this position because it is named for Mike Cemo, who has done so much for UH and the Bauer College of Business.”

Steve Brown Steve Brown
C.T. Bauer Professor in Marketing
Donor: C.T. Bauer

"I am deeply indebted to the late C.T. Bauer for his generosity to the Bauer College of Business and the University of Houston. Through it, we will continue striving to advance the ideals for which his gift was given."

Wynn W. Chin
C.T. Bauer Professor in Decision & Information Science

Rex Yuxing DuRex Yuxing Du
Marvin Hurley Professor of Business
Donor: Marvin Hurley

“It is a great honor. It also gives me a greater sense of responsibility to contribute more to the UH community, through my research, teaching and service.”

Arthur FranciaArthur J. Francia
KPMG Peat Marwick Professor of Accounting
Donor: KPMG Foundation

“This recognition is a great honor. It has increased my visibility. I have benefited from the professional interchange of ideas and research topics and I have been able to focus on students and new innovations in teaching methodology in the large classes that I have taught.”

George GambleGeorge Gamble
Robert L. Grinaker Professor in Accounting and Taxation
Donor: Robert L. Grinaker

“This professorship was created to recognize an outstanding record in teaching and service. I am honored to have been selected as the first recipient of this professorship. It has afforded me, during the summer, an opportunity to engage in scholarly research and to catch up with some professional readings.”

Thomas J. George
C.T. Bauer Professor in Finance
Donor: Charles T. Bauer

“Ted Bauer recognized that the quality of the product in business and education depends on the quality of the people delivering it. It is an honor to hold a professorship whose purpose is to enhance the quality of the faculty at the Bauer College.”

Betsy GelbBetsy D. Gelb
Larry J. Sachnowitz Professor in Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Donor: Lanny and Mindy Sachnowitz

“One of our Bauer MBA alumni endowed this professorship in memory of his father. I consider it a tremendous privilege and responsibility to honor his very concrete way of saying that education matters, and so do those of us who make it happen.“

Thomas Hemmer
Charles McMahen-Compass Bank Chair in Accounting
Donor: Charles McMahen & Compass Bank

James HessJames D.Hess
Charles T. Bauer Chair of Marketing Science
Donor: Charles T. Bauer

“Mr. Bauer was amazingly generous. I tell friends, ‘I’m just Bauer the sixth, not the first! Five other chairs were already occupied at the University of Houston upon my arrival.’I try to repay his generosity by devotion to the advancement of our doctoral students at the Bauer College of Business.”

Blake IvesBlake Ives
Charles T. Bauer Chair in Business Leadership
Donor: Charles T. Bauer

“It is an honor to be connected with A I M Investments and with the Houston business community. It is an exciting time to join the Bauer School of Business, as the local business community determinedly begins to fill the school’s sails with the expectations, resources and executive involvement that is essential for the Bauer School’s growth into the fine business school that this great city deserves and requires.”

Photo of KellerRobert T.Keller
Baker Hughes Professor of Business Administration
Donor: Baker Hughes Incorporated

“The professorship has enabled me to expand my research and teaching activities on the management of technology to colleagues in Europe, Asia and Latin America as well as the United States. These collaborations have resulted in research publications in top-tier journals and contacts for research at premier high-technology firms.”

Basheer Khumawala Basheer M. Khumawala
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Decision and Information Sciences
Donor:John and Rebecca Moores

“It is a great honor to have received this professorship. It has brought added credibility and prestige to the research work that my colleagues, students and I have done and are doing. It also has enabled the college to better place its doctoral students in prestigious universities.”

Praveen Kumar
El Paso Corporation — JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. Professor in International Business
Donors: El Paso Corporation and JP Morgan Chase Foundation

 

Geraldo J LoboGerald Lobo
Arthur Andersen & Co. Alumni Professor in Accounting
Donor: Arthur Andersen & Co.

“(Being named chair) is a recognition of my academic accomplishments.”

Kaye NewberryKaye J. Newberry
C.T. Bauer Professor in Accounting
Donor: Charles T. Bauer

“I am honored to be a recipient of a C.T. Bauer Professorship. I have great respect for Ted Bauer, who was a visionary business leader and entrepreneur. His generous endowment has inspired an exciting period of growth and development within the College of Business that I am proud to be associated with.”

James Pratt James W. Pratt
PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor of Accounting
Donor: PricewaterhouseCoopers Foundation

“The PricewaterhouseCoopers Professorship is awarded in recognition of outstanding teaching and service to the university community. I am deeply honored to be the first recipient of this award. The financial support enables me to devote time during the summer to the development of student learning materials deliverable over the Internet.”

Vanessa M. Patrick-Ralhan
C.T. Bauer Professor in Marketing

K. Sivaramakrishnan
C.T. Bauer Chair in Accounting
Donor: C.T. Bauer
Stuart M. TurnbullStuart Turnbull
C.T. Bauer Chair in Business Leadership
Donor: Charles T. Bauer

“My chair allows me more freedom to pursue my research and to develop material that will be of interest to my students.”

College of Education

Jerome Freiberg H. Jerome Freiberg
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“Being a John and Rebecca Moores Professor has allowed me to expand my work to teach inner-city children and youth self-discipline, responsibility and the importance of being a citizen not a tourist in the classroom. It also is an honor to be selected by distinguished peers across the university for this notable professorship.”

W. Robert Houston W. Robert Houston
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“The John and Rebecca Moores Professorship is important not only because it has supported my research in teacher education and collaboration, but also because it recognizes the Moores who have made so many contributions to Houston and America.”

Cullen College of Engineering

Metin Akay
John S. Dunn Chair in Biomedical Imaging

Vermuri BalakotaiahVermuri Balakotaiah
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Chemical Engineering
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“The John and Rebecca Moores professorship is a great honor, and it indicates satisfaction with my work so far. The funds from the professorship helped me initiate research in the biomedical engineering area.”

Abdeldjeli Belarbi
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

Dennis Clifford Dennis A. Clifford
Thomas and Laura Hsu Professor in Engineering
Donor: Thomas and Laura Hsu

“I am truly honored by this award, which recognizes the contributions my students and I have made during my 30 years at the University of Houston. And I am grateful to Tom and Laura Hsu for their gift, which encourages me to continue researching ways to provide safe drinking water.”

Vincent DonnellyVincent M. Donnelly
John and Rebecca Moores Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“I was very much honored to receive the prestigious John and Rebecca Moores Professorship. It is particularly satisfying to be recognized for my work by the University of Houston. The funds from this award will also help support students and seed research projects in new areas.”

Demetre EconomouDemetre J. Economou
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Chemical Engineering
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“The stipend has been extremely useful in supporting my research and educational activities. In many ways, it has helped me generate more money for research, defray travel expenses and support our research programs.”

 

Michael Harold Michael P. Harold
Dow Endowed Professor for the Department Chair of Chemical Engineering
Donor: The Dow Chemical Company Foundation

“The Dow Chair Professorship inspires me as department chair to lead the Department of Chemical Engineering to international prominence, building on its tradition of excellence. It also provides me with resources to help support my research program, which is focused on developing new chemical technology for cleaner processes and energy.”

Thomas HsuThomas T.C. Hsu
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“In our world of specialization, a scholar’s work is often recognized internationally by specialists in the field before it’s recognized by one’s own university. The most satisfying thing about being awarded a Moores professorship is knowing that my research is appreciated by colleagues from across the many disciplines at UH.”

Fazle HussainFazle Hussain
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“The Cullen Professorship reflects recognition of dedication and hard work for sustained pursuit of an intellectual curiosity without any regard for reward or recognition. It shows that commitment to excellence eventually will be appreciated. The award is a tribute to decades of research, which can be described as a search for order in disorder in fluid turbulence.”

Ramanan Krishnamoorti
M.D. Anderson Professor of Chemical Engineering
Donor: M.D. Anderson Foundation

Dan LussDan Luss
Cullen Engineering Endowed Professor
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“The prestige of any professional award is determined mainly by the prestige of those who have received it. The Cullen Professorship is the most important and prestigious recognition that a UH professor may receive. I appreciate very much that my peers have re-elected me to be a member of this select group. I also appreciate the continuous support the professorship provides to my research program.”

Joseph W. TedescoJoseph W. Tedesco
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Endowed Dean’s Chair
Donor: Elizabeth D. Rockwell

“Dr. Elizabeth Rockwell is a visionary Houstonian who understands the importance of collaboration between the University of Houston and the surrounding community. I am deeply humbled and privileged to have been honored with this prestigious recognition.”

VenKat Selvamanickam
M.D. Anderson Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Donor: M.D. Anderson Foundation

Ramesh L. Shrestha
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

Su Su Wang
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

Honors College

Ted EstessTed L. Estess
Jane Morin Cizik Chair in The Honors College
Donor: Robert and Jane Cizik

“I am honored to be the first recipient of the Jane Morin Cizik Chair, not only for the distinction it bestows upon me, but also because the Cizik Endowment assists other faculty who work to make The Honors College a home for excellence in undergraduate education.”

Dr. William F. MonroeWilliam F. Monroe
Nancy O’Connor Abendshein Endowed Professor
Donor: Ralph O'Connor

“Born in New York City, Mr. Ralph O’Connor has been a distinguished business, civic, and educational leader in Houston for many years. He has served on the Board of Regents at Texas Southern University and on the Board of Governors at Rice University. This Professorship, established in The Honors College in recognition of his daughter Nancy, who studied at the University in the 1970’s, marks an important commitment to the University of Houston by one of the city’s most generous individuals. I am honored to be the first Nancy O’Connor Abendshein Professor.”

Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

JeAnna Abbott JéAnna Lanza Abbott
Spec’s Charitable Foundation Professor in Social Responsibility
Donor: Spec's Charitable Foundation

“I am happy to be associated with such a prestigious and noteworthy professorship. It has brought corporate social responsibility to the forefront of the hospitality industry.”

John T. Bowen
Barron Hilton Chair
Donor: Barron Hilton

Ronald NykielRonald A. Nykiel
Conrad Hilton Chair
Donor: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

“The Conrad N. Hilton Chair has helped make it possible for me to represent the college in multiple associations serving industry and, more importantly, enhance the visibility of our program among potential donors to the university. I am personally most appreciative and honored to hold this chair.”

Stowe Shoemaker Stowe Shoemaker
Donald Hubbs Distinguished Professor
Donor: Donald Hubbs

“It is an honor to be associated with Mr. Donald Hubbs, who in his position as the former director of the Hilton Foundation, has given much to this educational institution.  To be an instrument of his desire to educate the youth is a responsibility I take very seriously.”

UH Law Center

Richard Alderman Richard M. Alderman
Dwight Olds Chair in Law
Donor: John M. O'Quinn Foundation

“The Dwight Olds Chair has permitted me to devote a substantial amount of time to helping people through the law. I am particularly honored to be the recipient of this chair because of the respect I have for both the donor and the person whom the chair honors.”

 

Seth Chandler
Law Foundation Professorship

David Crump David Crump
Neibel Chair in Law
Donor: Don R. Riddle

“I want to do the best job I can do where it matters most — in the classroom. That’s where my friend, after whom my chair is named, would like to see me do my best.”

Richard DoleRichard F. Dole Jr.
Bobby Wayne Young Professor of Consumer Law
Donor: University of Houston Law Foundation

With our thoughts, we make the world.”

David Dow
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of Law
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

Meredith Duncan Meredith J. Duncan
George Butler Research Professor of Law
Donor: George and Ann Butler Foundation

"I am honored, both professionally and personally, to be named the George Butler Research Professor of Law. This professorship has permitted me to pursue my scholarly interests in both criminal law and legal ethics."

Leslie Griffin Leslie C. Griffin
Larry and Joanne Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics
Donor: Larry and Joanne Doherty

"Ethics is the first obligation of every professional ...especially lawyers."

Lonny HoffmanLonny Hoffman
George Butler Research Professor of Law
Donor: George and Ann Butler Foundation

"I am greatly humbled to be a recipient of this professorship, one of the highest honors recognizing scholarly achievement that the Law Center Awards."

Paul JanickePaul M. Janicke
HIPLA Law Center Professor
Donor: Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and several law firms with intellectual property practices

"For me, this professorship is a great honor because it was created and funded by practicing lawyers in the filed of intellectual property law. It has been especially gratifying that my former students had a major role in creating the professorship."

Craig JoyceCraig Joyce

Andrews Kurth Law Center Professor of Law

“My appointment has enabled me to raise my scholarship to the next level. The funding accompanying the award and the prestige provided by it have facilitated my work. It has opened doors for me in ways that have reflected credit on the Foundation, the Law Center and the University of Houston.”

Ellen MarrusEllen Marrus
George Butler Research Professor of Law
Donor: George and Ann Butler Foundation

"Having this professorship allows me to continue my research and scholarship on children and youth. Not only has it brought me personal recognition, but it acknowledges the importance that the university places on issues facing children and youth in our society."

John MixonJohn Mixon
Law Alumni Professor of Law
Donor: Don R. Riddle

“The John Mixon Chair provides financial support as well as honor. Don Riddle, a prized former student, friend and successful lawyer generously endowed the chair several years ago. No teacher could have a greater reward. It is a stunning honor, and I thank the donor for bestowing on me a perpetuity that few professors enjoy, particularly during their active tenure.”

Douglas MollDouglas K. Moll
Beirne, Maynard & Parsons Law Center Professor of Law
Donor: The George and Anne Butler Foundation

“As a law professor, I define myself by my teaching and my scholarship. Because this professorship recognizes achievement in research and scholarship, I am honored to be a recipient.”

Geraldine Moohr Geraldine Szott Moohr
Alumnae Center Professor of Law
Donor: Group of Law Center Alumnae

"I am at once grateful, proud and humbled to be awarded the Alumnae Center Chair, which provides support for my research and writing. This award has a special resonance for me because it was created by women graduates of the Law Center for a scholar who supported the aspirations of women law students."

Raymond Nimmer
Leonard H. Childs Professor
Donor: Leonard H. Childs

Tom OldhamTom Oldham
John H. Freeman Professor of Law
Donor: M.D. Anderson Foundation

“The resources from my chair allow me to maintain regular personal contact with my peers internationally. Underwriting the expenses incurred with attending conferences around the globe helps me to be aware of the global developments in family law and policy, my primary research interest.”

Michael Olivas Michael A. Olivas
William B. Bates Distinguished Professor of Law
Donor: M.D. Anderson Foundation

“Colonel Bates was an important person in the history of Houston, the University of Houston and the University of Houston Law Center. I have appreciated the 20 years of institutional support and the resources made available to me.”

Laura OrenLaura E. Oren

University of Houston Law Foundation Professor
Donor: University of Houston Law Foundation

"It is gratifying to think of the many donors, large and small, who have contributed to the Law Center foundation and who have made this extra support possible. From recent graduates to distinguished alum, I thank you all."

Photo of Paust Jordan J. Paust
Mike and Teresa Baker Law Center Professor of Law

“The Law Foundation Professorship has provided a basic dignity needed for more effective participation in my profession both nationally and internationally.”

Robert A. Ragazzo
Law Foundation Professorship

Joseph SandersJoseph Sanders
A.A. White Professor of Law
Donor: Don R. Riddle

“It is a special privilege to hold a professorship that reflects both the high ambitions of our first dean and the generosity and continuing support of one of our graduates.”

William Streng William P. Streng
Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law
Donor: Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.

“The honor provided to me by the Vinson & Elkins Professorship continually reminds me to strive for excellence in my teaching and scholarship.”

Sandra ThompsonSandra Guerra Thompson
UH Law Foundation Professor of Law

"It is my great honor to hold a UH Law Foundation Professorship. This professorship allows me to pursue research projects that strive to advance fair and effective criminal law enforcement."

Ronald Turner
Alumnae College Professor in Law
Donor: UH Law Center Alumnae

Jacqueline WeaverJacqueline Lang Weaver
A.A. White Professor of Law
Donor: Don R. Riddle

“The award means much to me both personally and professionally. A.A. White was a man of such great character, grace and vision. The position that I hold is a constant inspiration to me because it conjures up Dean White’s character and image with every document I send.”

Stephen Zamora Stephen T. Zamora
Leonard B. Rosenberg Professor of Law
Donor: Friends and Family of Leonard B. Rosenberg

"It is a great honor for any professor to be designated the holder of a named professorship in recognition of one's contributions as a teacher and scholar. In my case, the honor is especially rewarding because of the esteem in which I hold the person whose name accompanies my own whenever I sign a letter as "Leonard B. Rosenberg Professor of Law." My high regard for Leonard Rosenberg is obviously shared by many others-this professorship was endowed by Leonard's friends, in recognition of his distinguished career as a lawyer with a strong sense of duty to the community. I'm honored to be the first holder of this professorship, and I hope that I can live up to the expectations of those who sought to honor our Law Center and Leonard Rosenberg by endowing it."

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Edward Albee
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of Theatre
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

Sidney BergerSidney Berger
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Theatre
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“I regard the distinction of being named a John and Rebecca Moores Professor as one of the highest honors in my life in educational theatre. To paraphrase my mentor, Mr. Shakespeare, it was an honor I dreamed not of.”

Robert L. Boswell
Cullen Foundation Chair in Creative Writing
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

Robert Carp
Pauline Yelderman Chair in Social Sciences
Donor: Pauline Yelderman

Chitra DivakaruniChitra Divakaruni
Betty & Gene McDavid College Professor in Creative Writing Endowment
Donor: Betty & Gene McDavid

Jack FletcherJack Fletcher
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“The release from classroom teaching allows me to work with more junior faculty and students on research.”

David Francis David J. Francis
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair of Psychology
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“The Cullen Professorships were created the year prior to my arrival at the University of Houston as a graduate student. Consequently, I have known them my entire academic career as the symbol of intellectual and scientific accomplishment among the faculty, as a public symbol of university excellence. For that reason, it is especially gratifying to have been named a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair. The reduced teaching load and the annual support for research that accompany the Cullen Professorship will allow me to engage in research projects that may be difficult or premature to support through competitive grants, as well as to undertake training in advanced and/or novel technologies that will benefit my existing lines of research and those of my students. The University of Houston has afforded me tremendous opportunity to pursue my research and teaching interests. The Cullen Professorship ensures that those opportunities will continue to exist for me and for my students into the future.”

Paul Gregory Paul Gregory
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in Economics
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“This award has given me the flexibility to study and support research topics that are time consuming, difficult and unconventional. It has allowed me to provide seed money for a number of worthwhile conferences in conjunction with other universities (Oxford, Harvard and Moscow University) and has allowed me to support deserving graduate students.”

H. Julia HannayH. Julia Hannay
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Psychology
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“Acknowledgement of your accomplishments by your peers is always gratifying. I hope to make contributions for many years to come, and this award will help me to do so.”

Jason HartJohn Mason Hart
John and Rebecca Moores Professor in History
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“This professorship confirms the value of research and writing Mexican history in Houston.”

Dr. Lawrence HogueW. Lawrence Hogue
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of English
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores


“The John and Rebecca Moores Professor endowment allows me, first, to buy books and
other research materials, and second, to travel to libraries and conferences for research purposes.”

Gerald Horne
African-American Studies Chair in History

Chinhui JuhnChinhui Juhn
Henry W. Graham Professor in Economics Endowment
Donor: Tom Mayor

"I have benefited greatly from the high level of scholarship and collegiality that exists in my department and the university. The Henry Graham Professorship allows me to further promote and publicize this wonderful research environment by traveling to conferences, by funding graduate students' research, and by inviting outside speakers."

Nicolas Kanellos Nicolás Kanellos
Brown Foundation, Inc. Chair in Spanish
Donor: The Brown Foundation, Inc.

“Being awarded The Brown Foundation chair means that Hispanic studies and the Spanish department are recognized as worthy of investment and pride. The university and foundation’s trust and confidence inspire me to give the best of myself to my students, my discipline and the community.”

James Martin James Kirby Martin
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of History
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“Being named a Cullen University Professor represents a fine personal honor. It serves as a constant reminder that always striving for excellence in teaching, research and service must remain my paramount objective. For in the end, it is the ongoing process of doing — of learning and transmitting knowledge — that truly brings meaning in life.”

Martin MelosiMartin V. Melosi
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of History
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“The Cullen University Professorship is a wonderful vote of confidence. It is the kind of acknowledgment that encourages me to pursue my research more intensely and to shape my courses more creatively. I am gratified that this award brings recognition to the Department of History and to my field of environmental history.”

Richard Murray Richard Murray
Robert C. Lanier Chair in Urban Public Policy
Donor: Bob Lanier

“Houston’s diverse and dynamic population makes it a great place to study campaigns and elections. It’s a great world lab for me and my political science students.”

Antonya Nelson
Cullen Foundation Chair in Creative Writing
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

Thomas O'BrienThomas F. O'Brien, Jr.
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of History
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“I view the John and Rebecca Moores Professorship as a very special honor for me and my wife Diane, who has been my research partner and life companion for more than three decades. The Moores Professorship is an exceptional award because it recognizes the full range of scholarly achievement from research to teaching to administration. For my students it is fresh evidence of the outstanding quality of the faculty members with whom they share their learning experiences at the University of Houston. My current work requires repeated trips to domestic and international archives. For me, the Moores Professorship will provide a steady source of support that will greatly facilitate my ability to conduct research and advance my scholarly agenda.”

Stuart OstrowStuart Ostrow
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of Theatre
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“The Cullen University Professorship of Theatre has given me the opportunity to combine professional and academic continuity in such a way as to identify and inspire new musical theatre creators and interpreters for this indigenous American art form.”

Robert PalmerRobert C. Palmer
NEH Cullen Chair in History/Law
Donor: The Cullen Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities

“The Cullen Chair has given me the freedom to develop my academic potential. The reliable and consistent availability of resources has made it possible for me to simply do what I am called on to do as an academic without having to worry about whether I could find the support.”

David Papell David H. Papell
Joel W. Sailors Endowed Professor in Economics
Donor: Thomas H. Mayor, Joel W. Sailors

“This award is a source of great personal satisfaction and an opportunity to promote research in international economics at UH. It has given me the ability to travel to conferences, invite speakers to campus and, most importantly, enable graduate students to present their work at regional and national meetings.”

Gordon Paul Gordon L. Paul
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in Psychology
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“The Cullen Professorship has been critical in allowing my clinical-research group to focus on the materials needed for public as well as private mental hospitals to implement our science-based assessment and treatment technologies. I shall be eternally grateful to the Cullen family, not only on my own behalf, but also on behalf of the thousands of people with severe emotional, behavioral and mental problems whom this technology will benefit.”

Mr. Howard PollackHoward Pollack
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Music
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores.“As John and Rebecca Moores Professor at the John and Rebecca Moores School of Music, I am doubly indebted to the Moores for their personal support and for their patronage of music at the University of Houston in general, including providing us with our splendid music building.”

Joseph Pratt Joseph Pratt
NEH Cullen Chair in Business and History
Donor: The Cullen Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities

“This professorship is very meaningful. Most of us who teach the humanities do not ever sit down and think hard about managing participation. This is the vision I wanted to follow, I wanted to transform undergraduate education at UH and with this named position I am able to do so.”

Buck RossBuck Ross
Edythe Bates Old Chair in Opera
Donor: Edythe Bates Old

“Because of the prestige it bestows, this professorship has enabled me to pursue my research agenda more aggressively. It also is a source of great personal satisfaction.”

Brandon Rottinghaus
Senator Don B. Henderson Scholar
Donor: Senator Don B. Henderson

Roy Ruffin Roy Ruffin
M.D. Anderson Professor of Economics
Donor: M.D. Anderson Foundation

“Because of the prestige it bestows, this professorship has enabled me to pursue my research agenda more aggressively. It also is a source of great personal satisfaction.”

Abbey Simon Abbey Simon
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in Music
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“Having this professorship has several wonderful sides to it. It gives me the opportunity to pursue my own work in a most satisfactory way. Furthermore, in the great tradition of all music, it also gives me the opportunity to pass on what knowledge and experiences I have accrued in my life.”

Bent Sorensen Bent E. Sorensen
Dr. Kenneth L. Lay Endowed Professor in the Department of Economics
Donor: The Honorable and Mrs. Kenneth L. Lay

“This award is a great honor and, more importantly, instrumental in promoting research at the University of Houston and disseminating it to national and international audiences. In particular, the endowment allows me to acquire important data, to attend international conferences, and to support doctoral students.”

Gael Stack Gael Stack
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Art
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“The John and Rebecca Moores Professorship has allowed me to travel. I have been able to see ancient manuscripts, scrolls and temples that, until now, have been available to me, if at all, only in texts. Work that has resulted from my research has been exhibited, reviewed and placed in various collections.”

Kent Tedin
Dr. Kenneth L. Lay Endowed Professorship
Donor: Monies given on behalf of The Honourable Kenneth L. Lay

David White David A. White
Margaret M. Alkek and Margaret Alkek Williams Endowed Chair
Donor: Margaret M. Alkek and Margaret Alkek Williams

“Margaret M. Alkek was one of Texas’s most generous and beloved philanthropists, and her daughter, Margaret Alkek Williams, who worked closely with her mother for many years, continues that impressive tradition today. It is my great honor to be the first recipient of the endowed chair that these amazing women gave the University of Houston for the use of the director of the Moores School of Music. The proceeds are not only intended to promote the professional services of the director, but also to support special projects within the school that impact both students and faculty.”

Lois ZamoraLois Parkinson Zamora
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of English
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“The Moores Professorship highlights my work in Hemispheric American Studies. Understanding the political and cultural connections of Anglo and Hispanic Americas has never been more urgent, and the Moores Professorship draws attention to this fact. I am honored by this award, which also honors John and Rebecca Moores. Their vision and generosity has brought distinction to the University of Houston, as well as to those of us who hold the professorships that bear their name.”

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Janok BhattacharyaJanok P. Bhattacharya

Robert E. Sheriff College Professor in Sequence Stratigraphy
Donor: Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Sheriff

“I really have to thank my own professors and many mentors who acted as guides and models for my own success. I only hope that I can live up to the level of excellence and productivity of Dr. Sheriff, who continues to inspire both faculty and students.”

Eric BittnerEric R. Bittner
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Chemical Physics
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“This is certainly the highest accolade I have received over my academic career. Endowed Professorships give the university faculty an opportunity to make a special recognition of the contributions of a few of their own each year.The Moores Professorship is not restricted to a particular discipline and as such represents the best faculty in all fields across the university spectrum. This honor really reflects the hard work and research performed by the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working in my research group.”

Suncica CanicSuncica Canic
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in Mathematics
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“This Cullen Distinguished Professorship is a recognition of excellence for the Department of Mathematics at the University of Houston and several faculty and students who have all contributed, together with me as a catalyst, to the interdisciplinary research at the interface between mathematics and cardiovascular sciences. I hope that we will live up to the expectation and continue to unearth new scientific discoveries by using and developing sophisticated mathematics as a tool towards understanding why and how things work.”

John Castagna
Margaret S. & Robert E. Sheriff Faculty Endowed Chair in Applied Seismology
Donor: Margaret S. & Robert E. Sheriff

Stuart E. Dryer Stuart E. Dryer
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Biology and Biochemistry
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“This honor is the highlight of my professional life. It also reflects credit on all of the students and postdoctoral fellows who have worked in my laboratory and in my department.”

Arnold Eskin Arnold Eskin
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Biology and Biochemistry
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“The John and Rebecca Moores professorship honors my department and those who have played very important roles in my accomplishments. Rebecca and John Moores have had a huge impact on the development of the University of Houston. They have contributed an enormous amount to improving the lives of others.”

George Fox
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Biology and Biochemistry
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

Scott GilbertsonScott Gilbertson
M.D. Anderson Professor of Chemistry
Donor: M.D. Anderson

“Funds from the  M.D. Anderson Professorship allow us to work on new, innovative research projects that will ultimately be supported from extramural funding sources.”

Roland GlowinskiRoland Glowinski
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in Mathematics
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“The Cullen Professorship has given me opportunities to develop cooperatives with other institutions in the United States and abroad, to investigate new ideas and to support collaborating visitors from many places.”

Dan GraurDan Graur
John and Rebecca Moores Professorship in Biology and Biochemistry
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“I like to think of this honor as an encouragement to further inquire into that part of our history that is written in DNA.”

Jan-Åke GustafssonJan-Åke Gustafsson, Ph.D., M.D.
The Robert A. Welch Foundation Chair in Chemistry
Donor: Robert A. Welch Foundation

“This recognition is a great honor and a shining example of the university’s commitment not only to the Tier One biomedical research initiative, but to the students and faculty as well. I am incredibly grateful to hold this position and share my appreciation for the continued generosity of the university and donors.”

Fred J. HiltermanFred J. Hilterman
Margaret S. Sheriff College Professor in Geophysics
Donor: Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Sheriff

“As the Margaret Sheriff Professor, I am honored to be associated with the Sheriff family and their unselfish giving from which UH, our community, and the earth sciences have benefited.”

Edward HungerfordEdward Hungerford
M.D. Anderson Chair of Physics
Donor: M.D. Anderson Foundation

“I am distinctly pleased to have been awarded this chaired position by a unanimous nomination by the faculty of the Department of Physics. My professional desires have always been to inspire and encourage students and faculty to excellence. I believe that this award will provide the opportunity to further extend this message beyond the university community.”

Alex IgnatievAlex Ignatiev
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Professor of Physics, Chemistry, and Computer and Electrical Engineering
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“This Chair Professorship, as a significant recognition of contributions to the field of materials science, elevates the research efforts of all of my colleagues in my research group.”

Allan J. Jacobson Allan J. Jacobson
Robert A. Welch Chair in Science
Donor: The Robert A. Welch Foundation

“The Welch Foundation has a tremendous impact on chemistry in the state of Texas. The Foundation’s funding of fundamental research in chemistry is increasingly important as the availability of similar funding from other sources is dwindling.”

S. Lennart JohnsonS. Lennart Johnson
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in Computer Science
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“It is a great honor to be recognized not only by your peers, but also by an entire institution. Being a Cullen Distinguished Professor has enhanced the opportunities for me to freely pursue my work both nationally and internationally. More importantly, it has provided many great opportunities for my students to engage in and contribute to leading-edge research.”

Karl M. KadishKarl Kadish
Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry
Donor: University of Houston

Ioannis A. KakadiarisIoannis A. Kakadiaris
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in Computer Science
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

Donald Kouri Donald Kouri
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in Chemistry
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

Yuri KuznetsovYuri Kuznetsov
M.D. Anderson Professor of Mathematics
Donor: M.D. Anderson Foundation

“The M.D. Anderson professorship has given me great opportunities to start new research projects and to establish fruitful cooperation with leading institutions by supporting students and visiting scientists in the area of computational mathematics.”

T. Randall Lee
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in Chemistry
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

Vern Ival Paulsen Vern Ival Paulsen
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Mathematics
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“When I look at the list of other Moores Professors, I feel deeply honored to be included, and it fills me with a sense of our shared responsibility to the UH community. For this reason, I have always tried to use part of this award on projects that benefit our whole department.”

Ioannis T. Pavlidis Ioannis T. Pavlidis
Eckhard Pfeiffer Professor in NSM
Donor: Eckhard A. Pfeiffer
UH NSM Alumni Association

“The Eckhard-Pfeiffer Professorship has been an unexpected and deeply flattering reward for my research work.”

Robert J. SchwartzRobert J. Schwartz
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Professor in Biology
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

Robert R. Stewart
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair in Geosciences
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

Randolph ThummelRandolph Thummel
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Chemistry
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“The awarding of a named professorship, such as that sponsored by John and Rebecca Moores, goes one step beyond the highest academic rank available to a faculty member.

After 20 years as a full professor at UH, I am both honored and inspired by the recognition, as well as the opportunities this award presents. Most importantly, this recognition is a reflection of the hard work of the excellent students and colleagues with whom I have been associated at UH.”

Shiao-Chun TuShiao-Chun Tu
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Biology and Biochemistry
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“The award reflects recognition by the UH community of my contributions in research, teaching and service. It is truly an honor. Professionally it provides me with additional resources and the latitude to explore more risky pilot studies and to facilitate information exchange with the scientific community.”

Arthur WegleinArthur Weglein
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair in Physics
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“This award provided me the opportunity to join the University of Houston, and thereby, pursue my interest in serving several aligned objectives: 1) the core educational responsibility of a university; 2) fundamental, prioritized exploration seismology research; and 3) the petroleum industry’s interest in significantly improved prediction and reduced risk.”

College of Optometry

Raymond ApplegateRaymond Applegate
Irvin M. Borish Chair in Optometry
Donor: Seymour R. Marco Family Foundation
Foundation for Education and Research in Vision Inc.
Essilor of America, Inc.

“I had the distinct pleasure of being taught and inspired by Dr. Irvin M. Borish as an optometry student at Indiana University. Dr. Borish served as a mentor, pushing me to contribute at the highest levels. I am extremely honored to be named the first Borish Chair in Optometry.”

Harold E. BedellHarold E. Bedell
John and Rebecca Moores Professor in Vision Sciences
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“I’m very grateful to the faculty and administration of the University of Houston for honoring me with a John and Rebecca Moores Professorship. The funds from this professorship provide beneficial research support for me and for my students.”

Yuzo M. ChinoYuzo M. Chino
Benedict-McFadden Professor of Optometry
Donor: Bill C. Benedict and Donna J. Benedict

“I am greatly honored to be the first recipient of the Benedict-McFadden Professorship. It allows me to expand my research collaborations with colleagues in Japan and Europe.”

Laura J. FrishmanLaura J. Frishman
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Optometry
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“The recognition of my work by this award has been a source of pleasure and encouragement for me and for my family. The funds provided by the John and Rebecca Moores Professorship are very useful for supporting pilot projects in the laboratory and travel to scientific meetings.”

Adrian GlasserAdrian Glasser
Benedict-Pitts Professor in Optometry
Donor: Bill C. Benedict and Donna J. Benedict

“The bestowal of this professorship provides humbling recognition, through the pioneering work of Dr. Pitts and the generosity of the Benedicts, to any modest research successes that my research fellows, students, associates and I have been fortunate enough to enjoy in the College of Optometry.”

Ronald S. Harwerth Ronald S. Harwerth
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Optometry
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“I am proud to be a John and Rebecca Moores Professor — it is my highest academic achievement.”

Ruth Manny Ruth Manny
Charles R. Stewart College Professor
Donor: Various

“Charles Stewart was the first dean of the College of Optometry at the University of Houston. The personal sacrifices and the investment by the university, the optometrists in Texas and neighboring states, and the college’s first faculty and administration provided a very strong and solid foundation for our college and its continued advancement. I am honored to be a small part of this rich history as the first Charles R Stewart Professor and look forward to continuing my service to the profession and the academic academy.”

Alison McDermottAlison M. McDermott
Golden-Golden Professor
Donor: Dr. Dennis Golden and Dr. Dixon Golden

"Former UH regent Dr. Dennis Golden OD and Dr. Dixon Golden OD are outstanding members of the optometric community and proponents of higher education and I am greatly honored to be the recipient of the Golden-Golden Professorship. It is gratifying and encouraging to have my work recognized in this way and it reflects credit on the students, staff and fellows who have worked in my laboratory."

Earl L. Smith IIIEarl L. Smith III
Greeman-Petty Professor in Vision Development
Donor: O. Scott Petty

“The Greeman-Petty professorship has given me freedom and provided me with opportunity — freedom to pursue novel, high-risk projects and the opportunity to establish new collaborations with scientists throughout the world.”

Dave A. Ziegler
Benedict Professor in Practice Management

College of Pharmacy

Yuem Sum LauYuen-Sum (Vincent) Lau
John and Rebecca Moores Professor in Pharmacy
Donor: John and Rebecca Moores

“I am extremely honored to be a part of the University of Houston and to receive the distinguished Moores Professorship. This professorship recognizes my professional achievements and inspires me to offer leadership in biomedical research, dedicate myself to educating students, and contribute to bringing the university and the pharmacy profession to a higher level of achievement.”

Graduate College of Social Work

W. Andrew Achenbaum
Gerson and Sabina David Professor in Global Aging
Donor: Gerson and Sabina David

“Gerson David was a friend and colleague long before I arrived in Texas. He was, in fact, the first person to welcome me to the faculty. Through his career, Gerson quietly but persistently urged the faculty’s composition reflect this diverse metropolis. Out of deeply held religious values, Professor David was in the forefront of the fight against bigotry and injustice. His own model of healthy aging, intellectually and otherwise, empowers me to be a conscientious mentor to students.”

Jody Williams
Cele S. and Samuel D. Keeper College Professor for Social Justice
Donor: Cele S. and Samuel D. Keeper

College of Technology

Cliff DacsoClifford Clark Dacso
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor in Information and Logistics Technology
Donor: The Cullen Foundation

“I am deeply honored to hold the inaugural University of Houston Professorship of Information and Logistics Technology. The professorship is a prescient and highly visible symbol of the vital importance of information and technology in the future of health care. On a personal level, the endowment provides financial support for my research and has given me the time to be a better educator and mentor.”

University Libraries

Pat BozemanPat Bozeman
Emily Scott Evans Professor in Special Collections and Archives
Donor: Wills Foundation

“The Evans Professorship makes it possible for me to make timely, relevant collection development decisions, to accelerate the speed with which manuscript and archival collections are processed and made available to researchers, and to provide assistance for scholarly and professional development opportunities for my staff.”

Dana RooksDana Rooks
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Endowed Dean's Chair in the University of Houston Libraries
Donor: Elizabeth D. Rockwell

“The establishment of the University Libraries’ Dean’s Chair reinforces the central role of the libraries within the university’s academic mission. Dr. Rockwell’s gift honors me and the many other librarians and staff who work together to make our library an accessible resource for students, faculty, staff and the community.”

Texas Center for Superconductivity and Advanced Materials at the University of Houston

Wei-Kan Chu Wei-Kan Chu
Robert A. Welch Foundation Endowed Professor of High Temperature Superconducting and Chemical Materials
Donor: Robert A. Welch Foundation

“The Robert A. Welch Professorship has provided me with additional resources that enrich my research and my research team. It encourages me to commit myself to set the highest standard for our research endeavor.”

Paul C.W. ChuPaul C.W. Chu
T.L.L. Temple Foundation Chair in Science
Donor: T.L.L. Temple Foundation

“I have always felt very lucky to be in this position because it allows me to do what I love to do.”

Shuheng PanShuheng Pan
Robert A. Welch Foundation Endowed Professor of High Temperature Superconducting and Chemical Materials
Donor: Robert A. Welch Foundation.