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Endowed Giving


Endowments are essential to the livelihood of a University. With the establishment of an endowment, the donor has the opportunity to leave a legacy and to build a strong foundation for UMBC.

Endowments provide funds in perpetuity and can be tailored to meet the specific interest or passion of the donor and the needs of the University. Endowment opportunities include:

Scholarships and fellowships
Chairs and professorships; and
Academic and research awards and programs.

Endowments can be established through the UMBC Foundation with a minimum commitment of $25,000 over four to five years. To learn more, please contact Greg Simmons at 410-455-1452 or

Endowed Scholarships
To endow a scholarship requires a minimum $25,000 pledge (over four to five years) or an outright contribution of $25,000. The larger the commitment, the greater the impact it has on the student. The awards are made from the interest earned and benefit students indefinitely. Read more about how an endowed scholarship can make a difference in a student’s life.

Endowed Chairs
One of the most powerful tools for building excellence in educational leadership is the endowed faculty chair or professorship. This exceptional honor bestows upon a faculty member respect, recognition and additional research and teaching resources. As such, endowments are an important tool for recruiting and retaining the best faculty, as well as the most promising students.

Distinguished chair and professorship holders also generate external support from public and private sources, bringing added prestige to the University.

Establishing an Endowed Chair or Professorship
An endowment allows your gift to make a difference every year and to grow over time. As a donor you will receive annual reports on the chair's research and teaching, copies of the chair's publications, and an opportunity to meet with the chair.

Named Professorships require a minimum contribution of $500,000. Named Chairs require a gift of $1 million or greater. To learn more, please contact Greg Simmons at 410-455-1452 or

The Bearman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship
Established by the Herbert Bearman Foundation in 2004

This chair acknowledges and honors the contributions of Dr. Arlene Bearman to the UMBC community through its recognition and support of outstanding teaching skills, an interest in entrepreneurship and a strong record of scholarship in entrepreneurial studies or a related field.

Craig Saper
Language, Literacy, and Cultural Doctorate Program

Craig Saper

Dr. Saper’s recently published book on “Intimate Bureaucracies” examines social entrepreneurship in the creation of SoHo neighborhood in Manhattan during the 1960’s-1980. His attention to social entrepreneurship extends beyond his research to working with the Digital Humanities initiatives in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences to study the possibilities of establishing an e-press at UMBC.

Inaugural Chair Holder: Amy Froide, Department of History

Willard and Lillian Hackerman Endowed Chair in Engineering
Established by Willard Hackerman, CEO of Whiting-Turner Contracting, in 1997

This chair was established to honor and support the work of faculty pursuing scholarly activity in the College of Engineering and Information Technology.

Brian Reed*
Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

Brian Reed

Dr. Reed's current work focuses on the removal of biological, chemical or radiological (BCR) agents from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). BCRs can easily contaminate a WWTP and can have a serious effect on human health and the environment. With this in mind, Dr. Reed is exploring removal techniques that are economical, effective and take full advantage of existing WWTP processes, such as the addition of materials that can absorb the BCRs and gravity settling.

*Inaugural Chair Holder

Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Chair in Biochemistry
Established by the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Foundation in 1997 In tribute to Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, this chair was established to support an endowed chair in the Department of Biochemistry.

Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg

Suzanne Rosenberg

Dr. Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg's research focuses on manipulating an individual’s immune response in order to reject cancer cells. Her work has already led to the development of several experimental vaccines. Dr. Ostrand-Rosenberg is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including an American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award and membership in the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

Inaugural Chair Holder: Catherine Fenselau, Department of Biochemistry

Lipitz Professor of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Established by Roger C. Lipitz and the Lipitz Family Foundation in 1998

This annual professorship recognizes and supports innovative and distinguished teaching and research.

Linda Dusman
Professor, Department of Music

Linda Dusman

Dr. Dusman joined the UMBC faculty in 2000 to chair the Department of Music. She has an outstanding record of achievement as a distinguished composer and scholar specializing in contemporary classical music. She has focused especially, and in a variety of ways, on works that involve feminist issues in contemporary classical music and that embody a woman’s perspective. Dr. Dusman has also been engaged in the use of new technologies in performance, including most recently her “Symphony Interactive” iPad application, which provides real-time program information to symphony orchestra audiences. As a teacher and mentor, she has played vital roles with UMBC students, including entrepreneurial training, and has also organized workshops for young composers (aged 13-18).

Immediate Past Professor: Raphael Falco, Department of English
Past Professors: Leslie Morgan, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
James S. Grubb, Department of History
Thomas Field, Department of Modern Language and Linguistics
John Sturgeon, Department of Visual Arts
Inaugural Professor: Dr. Carlo C. DiClemente, Department of Psychology

Constellation Professorship in Information Technology and Engineering
Established by the BGE Foundation in 1999.

The professorship benefits the information technology and engineering teaching initiatives programs as well as provides supplemental funding to attract and/or retain tenure track professors in information technology and engineering.

Julia M. Ross
Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering Department (CBEE)

Julia Ross

Dr. Ross has been a member of the faculty since 1995 and has been chair of CBEE department since 2006. She has established a strong record in research and scholarship in biomedical engineering and engineering education sustained by a competitive external funding from both NSF and the NIH. Dr. Ross has received numerous external awards that included the 2006 University System of Maryland Regents’ Award for Collaboration.

Inaugural Professor: Dr. Andrew Sears, Department of Information Systems

Oros Family Professor for Computer Science and Technology
Established by an anonymous donor in 2000

This fund supports professorships, chairs, and fellowships in computer science and technology.

Dr. Anupam Joshi
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Anupam Joshi

Dr. Joshi has been on the faculty since 1998 and has an excellent record in research and scholarship in computer science in the area of wireless and mobile computing, security, trust, privacy issues in distributed systems, and analytics of social media. He recently returned from a part time appointment at IBM Research labs in New Delhi, where he led efforts around mobile security and homeland security.

Dr. James T. Oates
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

James Oates

Dr. Oates is an outstanding educator and scholar. His research in computer science explores the theoretical and algorithmic basis that will allow machines to replicate the human transition from sensors to symbols to semantics. He thinks at a very high intellectual level, but he has the talent to communicate at various levels ranging from pre-college, to the public and alumni from various disciplines, to his peers in computer science. Dr. Oates has mentored nine Ph.D. students to completion, over 30 M.S. students, as well as undergraduates on projects (some leading to journal publications) ranging from robotics to machine learning.