Professorships and Readerships
Winifred L. Arms Professorship in the Arts and Humanities. Established in 1982 by Winifred Arms in memory of her husband, Robert A. Arms ’27, the Arms Professorship is held by a distinguished member of the faculty concerned with one of the fields of artistic or literary expression.
Paula R. and David J. Avenius 1941 Professorship. This professorship recognizes a distinguished member of the faculty at Amherst College who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and research as well as dedication to the College.
Beitzel Professorship in Technology and Society. Established in 1999 by George B. Beitzel ’50, this professorship recognizes distinction in the arts and sciences, particularly in the use of technology to enhance undergraduate learning. The Beitzel Professor at Amherst College will have a vision of integrating man and machine in a way that fuses computer, networking, fiberoptic or future electronic technologies with the values of the academy, the ideals of a liberal education and the goals of an enlightened society.
Bruce B. Benson ’43 and Lucy Wilson Benson Professorship. Established in 2005 by Lucy Wilson Benson in memory of her husband, Professor of Physics from 1947 to 1990, the Benson Professorship recognizes distinction in science and a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research. The goals of the Benson Professorship are to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching among the physical and biological sciences (preferably molecular biology, physics, and chemistry), foster exploration of the impact of these sciences on society, and emphasize the interdisciplinary connections between the sciences and other liberal arts disciplines at Amherst College.
Parmly Billings Professorship in Hygiene and Physical Education. Established in 1890 by Frederick Billings of Woodstock, Vermont, this professorship honors the memory of his son, Parmly Billings 1884.
Brian E. Boyle Professorship in Mathematics and Computer Science. Established in 1998 by Brian E. Boyle ’69, this professorship recognizes exceptional teaching and research in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department or its successor department. The Boyle Professorship is held by a senior member of the faculty who has appreciation for the role of technology in teaching and who has demonstrated a dedication to the values of a liberal arts education.
Elizabeth W. Bruss Readership. Established in 1982 in memory of Elizabeth Bruss. The Bruss Reader is a member of the faculty appointed by the President and the Dean of the Faculty to a three-year term that rotates among the various academic disciplines at Amherst integrating material about women into the curriculum. The Bruss Reader will also serve as a resource person for colleagues, bringing new information regarding women to their attention.
Class of 1880 Professorship in Greek. Given to the College by all living members of the Class at its 50th reunion in 1930.
Class of 1959 Professorship. Established by the Class of 1959 on the occasion of its 40th reunion to honor a distinguished faculty member in one of the traditional disciplines who has a deep commitment to students and to their habits of mind.
Henry Steele Commager Professorship. Established in 1991 by Wyatt R. Haskell ’61, Jonathan P. Rosen ’66, and others in recognition of Professor Commager’s 35 years of distinguished scholarship and dedication to the teaching of undergraduates at Amherst College.
Karen and Brian Conway '80, P'18 Presidential Teaching Professorship Fund (CPTP). Established in 2015 by Karen and Brian Conway '80, P'18, the CPTP will be awarded by the President to a member of the faculty who has distinguished him or herself as a teacher/scholar in the finest Amherst tradition. The CPTP will be a three-year rotating position. Chair holders will be expected to serve as mentors to new faculty as they develop as teachers and/or to foster innovative teaching among the faculty as a whole by organizing and leading programs and exchange ideas about teaching and learning.
The R. John Cooper '64 Presidential Teaching Professorship. Established in 2017 by Dwight M. Poler '87, P'19 and Kirsten Cooper Poler '88, P'19, the R. John Cooper '64 Presidential Teaching Professorship is awarded by the President to members of the faculty who distinguished themselves as teachers and scholars in the finest Amherst tradition. The R. John Cooper '64 Presidential Teaching Professorship will be awarded to colleagues from the religion and philosophy departments. The Presidential Teaching Professorship will be a three-year rotating position. Chair holders will be expected to serve as mentors to new faculty as they develop as teachers and/or to foster innovative teaching among the faculty as a whole by organizing and leading programs and exchanging ideas about teaching and learning.
George H. Corey Professorship in Chemistry. Established in 1952 by bequest of George H. Corey 1888.
G. Armour Craig Professorship in Language and Literature. Established in 1994 by an anonymous donor, this professorship honors G. Armour Craig, Professor of English 1940-1985 and Acting President 1983-1984.
William Nelson Cromwell Professorship in Jurisprudence and Political Science. Established in 1948 by bequest of William Nelson Cromwell, founder of the New York City law firm Sullivan & Cromwell.
George Lyman Crosby Professorship in Philosophy. Established in 1950 by Stanley Warfield Crosby, brother of George Lyman Crosby 1896.
Stanley Warfield Crosby, Jr., Professorship in Religion. Established in 1950 by Stanley Warfield Crosby ’13 in memory of his son, Stanley Warfield Crosby, Jr., who was killed in the Korean War.
Amanda and Lisa Cross Professorship. Established in 1982 by Theodore L. Cross ’46, Trustee 1973-85, emeritus since 1985, in honor of his daughters, Amanda and Lisa Cross. This Fund provides support for a professorship in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology or Neuroscience.
Sidney Dillon Professorship in Astronomy. Established in 1894 by the family of Sidney Dillon, Chairman of Union Pacific Railroad.
Rachel and Michael Deutch Professorship. Established in 2007 by family members in memory of Rachel and Michael Deutch, this fund provides support for the Deutch Professor, held for a five-year renewable term by a distinguished professor in one of the following departments: chemistry, economics, French, history, mathematics, or philosophy.
Joseph B. Eastman Professorship in Political Science. Established in 1944 by friends of Joseph B. Eastman 1904, Trustee 1940-44.
Edwin F. and Jessie Burnell Fobes Professorship in Greek. Established by Professor Francis H. Fobes, who taught Classics 1920-48, emeritus 1948-57. To be used for instruction or research or both in the Ancient Greek language and literature.
Eliza J. Clark Folger Professorship. Established in 1930 by Emily Jordan Folger (Mrs. Henry Clay Folger), in memory of Mr. Folger’s mother.
Emily C. Jordan Folger Professorship. Established in 1930 by Emily Jordan Folger (Mrs. Henry Clay Folger).
Henry Clay Folger 1879 Professorship. Established in 1930 by Emily Jordan Folger (Mrs. Henry Clay Folger).
Clarence Francis Professorship in the Social Sciences. Established in 1969 in honor of Clarence Francis ’10, former Chairman of General Foods and Amherst Trustee 1944-50.
Julian H. Gibbs Professorship in Natural and Mathematical Sciences. Established by the Trustees in 1984 to honor Julian H. Gibbs ’46, Professor of Chemistry and 15th President of the College.
Samuel Green Professorship. Established in 1825, income from this fund supports the Department of Religion or religious advisors at the College.
James J. Grosfeld 1959 Professorship. Established in 2002 by James J. Grosfeld of the Class of 1959, the Grosfeld Professorship is awarded to a senior member of the faculty in the Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, or an allied or successor department.
Edward S. Harkness Professorship. Established in 1930 by Edward S. Harkness, New York philanthropist.
William H. Hastie Professorship. Established in 1985 by the Trustees to honor Judge William H. Hastie ’25, the first black federal judge and Chief Justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Hastie was Trustee 1962-75, emeritus 1975-76.
Hitchcock Professorship in Mineralogy and Geology. Established in 1840 by Samuel A. Hitchcock of Brimfield, Massachusetts, to endow a Professorship of Natural Theology and Geology. In 1873, it was changed to the Hitchcock Professorship of Geology and Zoology. Later, in 1889, the fund name was changed again to the Hitchcock Professorship of Mineralogy and Geology.
Roger C. Holden 1919 Professorship in Theater and Dance. Established by Roger C. Holden through a trust established in 1968, this professorship recognizes a distinguished member of the faculty at Amherst College who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and research as well as dedication to the College. During their lifetimes, Holden and his wife Sylvia were patrons of Amherst College, Pitzer College, and numerous arts and community organizations in southern California and Colorado.
Charles Hamilton Houston Professorship. Established in 1987 by Gorham L. Cross ’52 to honor the achievements of Charles Hamilton Houston ’15, principal architect of the legal strategy leading to the 1954 Supreme Court decision prohibiting race discrimination in U.S. public schools.
Judaica Fund. The Judaica Fund was established in 1994 by alumni and friends of Amherst College. This Fund is for two purposes: to endow the College's curricular and scholarly interest in Judaica, and to support Jewish life on campus. The Fund establishes the Judaic Studies Professorship and endows the position of Jewish Religious Advisor.
William R. Kenan, Jr., Professorship. Established in 1969 by the William R. Kenan, Jr., Charitable Trust. Awarded for a three-year appointment, the professorship will be used to recognize and underwrite the work of a senior faculty member, who has demonstrated strong interest and leadership in an interdisciplinary or developing field of study or undergraduate education in general.
Stanley King Professorship in Dramatic Arts. Established in 1968 by the Trustees in recognition of the generosity and service of Stanley King ’03, President 1932-46, emeritus 1946-51.
John E. Kirkpatrick 1951 Professorship Fund. Established in 2008, the Kirkpatrick Professorship is awarded by the President and the Dean of the Faculty to a distinguished member of the faculty whose teaching and scholarship include but are not necessarily limited to the interdisciplinary investigation of law, religion, philosophy, and society with an emphasis on ethics and a preference for United States focused teaching and scholarship.
Alfred Sargent Lee ’41 and Mary Farley Ames Lee Professorship. Established in 2000 by Alfred Sargent Lee ’41 and Mary Farley Ames Lee to recognize a senior member of the faculty who demonstrates distinction in undergraduate teaching and a commitment to the liberal arts tradition at Amherst College.
Lewis-Sebring Professorship in Latin American and Latino Culture. Established in 2001 by the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation on behalf of Charles A. Lewis ’64 and Penny Bender Sebring. This professorship promotes the study of the culture, language, politics, history or art of Latin America or Latino America. The professorship honors a member of the faculty whose teaching and scholarship focus on Latin America or the contributions of Latin America to the intellectual and cultural life of the United States.
The Lewis-Sebring Visiting (Assistant or Associate) Professorship in Education Studies. The Lewis-Sebring Visiting (Assistant or Associate) Professor in Education Studies at Amherst College, established in 2016 by Charles Ashby Lewis '64, P'93 and Penny Bender Sebring P'93 and the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation, is a full-time, three-year appointment in U.S. education studies. The appointee will be selected by the Dean of Faculty and the President. While open to scholars who work in any liberal arts discipline, preference will be given to those who demonstrate a deep knowledge of K-12 U.S. schooling; a broadly conceived approach to the social, cultural, and/or political dimensions of education studies; a vision for and interest in thinking about how an education studies program might complement and enhance Amherst's existing liberal arts curriculum; and, finally, a strong research agenda and commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting with a diverse student population. This visiting professor will collaborate with existing faculty to develop foundational courses in education studies and may direct senior honors theses.
Rufus Tyler Lincoln Professorship in Biology. Established in 1916 by Caroline Tyler Lincoln (widow of Rufus P. Lincoln 1862) in memory of her son, Rufus Tyler Lincoln.
Georges Lurcy Professorship. Established in 2007 by the Trustees of the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust, Alan S. Bernstein 1963, Daniel L. Bernstein 1959, George L. Bernstein and Seth E. Frank 1955. Georges Lurcy was born in France and emigrated to the U.S. in the late 1930s, where he became a U.S. citizen and continued his successful career as an investment banker until his death in 1953. International in his background, experience and outlook, Lurcy had a particular interest in fostering international educational opportunities. In his memory, the Georges Lurcy Professorship will honor a senior member of the Amherst faculty whose teaching and research reflect a substantial commitment to international study, international relations and perspectives.
Manwell Family Professorship in Life Sciences. Established in 2000 by Edward J. Manwell ’25, this professorship is held by a faculty member in biology, neuroscience, psychology, chemistry, or successor discipline who has shown dedication to the life of the College and distinction in teaching and research.
Massachusetts Professorship in Chemistry and Natural History. Established in 1847 by the Trustees in recognition of a grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
John J. McCloy Professorship. The John J. McCloy '16 Professorship of American Institutions and International Diplomacy was established in 1983 by donations of friends and family of John J. McCloy 1916 in his honor. This professorship is awarded to recognize distinguished service, outstanding teaching and outstanding scholarship. McCloy served as Trustee 1947-69, Chairman 1956-69, and Honorary Chairman 1969-1989. The Professorship is known as one of American institutions and international diplomacy in the History Department.
William R. Mead Professorship in Fine Arts. Established in 1925 by bequest of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Mead 1867. William R. Mead was a founder of McKim, Mead and White, architects.
Andrew W. Mellon Professorship. Established in 1974 by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Charles E. Merrill Professorship in Economics. Established in 1950 by Charles E. Merrill 1908.
Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professorship. Established in 2012, the Mitchell Professorship will be awarded to a distinguished senior member of the faculty, of any department. This professorship shall stay with the faculty member so selected during his or her tenure, and is not meant to be rotating.
Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professorship II. Established in 2012, the Mitchell Professorship will be awarded to a distinguished senior member of the faculty, of any department. This professorship shall stay with the faculty member so selected during his or her tenure, and is not meant to be rotating.
Zephaniah Swift Moore Professorship. Named for the first president of the College and held by a distinguished classicist on the Amherst College faculty.
The Morgan Assistant Professorship in Diplomatic History. Established in 2015, this professorship is a permanently endowed fund at Amherst College. The Morgan Assistant Professor in Diplomatic History will be selected by the Dean of the Faculty and the President with preference for a junior member of the faculty whose research and teaching are in the fields of Israeli history, diplomatic history and/or international relations. The intent of this professorship is to honor the legacy of Professor Gordon Levin, Dwight Morrow Professor of History and American Studies, Emeritus.
Dwight W. Morrow Professorship. Established in 1941 by bequest of Dwight W. Morrow 1895, Trustee 1916-1931, to endow a professorship in political science or American history.
Anson D. Morse Professorship in History. Established in 1928 by Dwight W. Morrow 1895, Trustee 1916-31, in honor of Professor Anson Morse, who taught at Amherst from 1878 to 1907.
John C. Newton Professorship in Greek and Sculpture. Established in 1890 by bequest of John C. Newton, a Worcester mason and building contractor.
Edward N. Ney Professorship in American Institutions. Established in 1986 by Edward N. Ney ’46, Trustee 1979-89, emeritus since 1989. The Professorship may be in History, American Studies, Political Science or related fields.
George Daniel Olds Professorship in Economics and Social Institutions. Established in 1914 by Frank L. Babbott, Jr. ’13 to honor Dean George D. Olds, who later served as President 1924-27, emeritus 1927-31.
Olin Professorship in Asian Studies. Established in 1998 by the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation to support a faculty member who advances students’ understanding and appreciation of the art, economics, history, languages, politics, society, and/or cultures of Asia in general and China in particular.
James E. Ostendarp Professorship. Established in 1990 by former students, friends, and colleagues to honor (football) Coach Ostendarp on the occasion of a dinner in his honor held in New York City to show their appreciation for his keen interest in all aspects of the Amherst experience and his commitment to the development of the Amherst student within the ideals of a liberal arts education. Ostendarp coached football at Amherst from 1959 through 1992. The Ostendarp Professorship is awarded on a biennial basis to the faculty member who is deemed to exhibit both distinction in his or her experience, including intercollegiate athletics, and a sincere continuing interest in the Amherst student after his or her years at the College.
Domenic J. Paino Professorship in Global Environmental Studies. Established in 1997 by Birgitta and Domenic J. Paino ’55, this professorship reflects the donors’ interest in issues affecting the entire world and their commitment to the study of the interconnectedness of nations. The incumbent will be engaged in, but not limited to, investigation of ecological, economic, health and human services, legal, or political policies that affect our world.
Ward H. Patton Professorship in Economics. Established in 1989 by Ward H. Patton, Jr. ’42, in memory of his father, who was instrumental in building the Green Giant Company.
Thomas F. Pick Readership in Environmental Studies. Established in 1999, this readership will support individuals who are dedicated to teaching, studying or researching in an area of environmental studies. The Pick Reader is a member of the faculty appointed by the President and the Dean of the Faculty to coordinate studies and to organize events relating to environmental studies across existing disciplines and departments. The Pick Reader will serve as a campus resource person in environmental studies.
The Henry S. Poler '59 Presidential Teaching Professorship. Established in 2017 by Dwight M. Poler '87, P'19 and Kirsten Cooper Poler '88, P'19, the Henry S. Poler '59 Presidential Teaching Professorship will be awarded by the President to members of the faculty who distinguished themselves as teachers and scholars in the finest Amherst tradition. The Henry S. Poler '59 Presidential Teaching Professorship will be awarded to colleagues from the humanities, with a preference for English and theater. The Presidential Teaching Professorship will be a three-year rotating position. Chair holders will be expected to serve as mentors to new faculty as they develop as teachers and/or to foster innovative teaching among the faculty as a whole by organizing and leading programs and exchanging ideas about teaching and learning.
Peter R. Pouncey Professorship. Established in 1995 by an anonymous donor in honor of Peter R. Pouncey, President 1984-1994 and Professor of Classics 1984-1999.
E. Dwight Salmon Professorship in History. Established in 1989 by Thomas H. Wyman ’51, Trustee 1976-92, Chairman 1986-92, and emeritus 1992-2001, to honor Professor Emeritus E. Dwight Salmon, who taught history at Amherst from 1926 to 1963.
Willem Schupf Professorship in Asian Languages and Civilizations. Established in 1994 by H. Axel Schupf ’57, Trustee 1993-2005, emeritus since 2005, in memory of his father, to confirm the College’s commitment to studying the East, whose ancient cultures and ever-burgeoning influence challenge America to enlarge its views and its knowledge to wider horizons. The Professorship will be held by a distinguished scholar and teacher of one of these cultures.
Winthrop H. Smith 1916 Professorship. Established in 1956 by Winthrop H. Smith 1916, Trustee 1952-61, to fund a professorship in American history and American studies.
Bertrand Snell Professorship in American Government. Established in 1951 by bequest of Bertrand H. Snell 1894.
Stone Professorship in Natural Sciences. Established in 1880 by Valeria G. Stone in memory of her late husband Daniel T. Stone.
Thalheimer Professorship. Established in 1998 by the family of Louis B. Thalheimer ’66, who served as a Trustee of the College from 1992-1998, and his daughter, Deborah E. Thalheimer ’94, this professorship recognizes distinction in teaching and is intended to honor a scholar-teacher who has a strong interest in and commitment to undergraduates.
Willard Long Thorp Professorship in Economics. Established in 1989 by alumni and friends to honor Willard Long Thorp 1920, Professor of Economics 1926-33 and 1952-63, Trustee 1942-55, and Acting President 1957.
Joseph E. and Grace W. Valentine Professorship in Music. Established in 1982 by bequest of Joseph E. and Grace W. Valentine.
William McCall Vickery 1957 Professorship. Established in 2007 by William McCall Vickery on the occasion of his 50th Reunion. The Vickery Professorship will honor a senior faculty member who is distinguished by and dedicated to teaching and research of art history or musicology.
Richard S. Volpert ′56 Professorship in Economics. Established in 2000 by Barry S. Volpert ’81 and Teri C. Volpert in honor of Richard S. Volpert ’56, this professorship supports a faculty member in the Department of Economics who has shown distinction in teaching and research concerning free market economics and dedication to the life of the College.
William J. Walker Professorship in Mathematics and Astronomy. Established in 1861 by Boston physician William J. Walker.
Thomas B. Walton, Jr., Memorial Professorship. Established in 1981 by Thomas B. Walton in memory of his son, Thomas B. Walton, Jr. ’45.
The John William Ward Professorship. Established in 2003 by a member of the Board of Trustees, the John William Ward Professorship recognizes a senior faculty member at Amherst College who is an accomplished scholar and teacher and who has served the College community with distinction on a key committee or in an administrative post. The Ward Professor will be selected by the President and the Dean of the Faculty and appointed by the Board of Trustees.
G. Henry Whitcomb Memorial Professorship. Established in 1921 in memory of G. Henry Whitcomb 1864, Trustee 1884-1916, by his three sons, all Amherst alumni.
L. Stanton Williams Professorship. Established in 1990 by L. Stanton Williams ’41 to support teaching and scholarship that encourages students to use the skills and knowledge acquired at Amherst for the benefit of their communities and the wider society.
Samuel Williston Professorship in English. Established in 1847 by the Honorable Samuel Williston, Easthampton button manufacturer and Trustee 1841-74.
Samuel Williston Professorship in Greek Language and Literature. Established in 1847 by the Honorable Samuel Williston, Easthampton button manufacturer and Trustee 1841-74. This fund is to support the Professorship of Rhetoric and Oratory.
Winkley Professorship in History and Political Economy. Established in 1885 by Henry Winkley, New York and Philadelphia retailer.