Strengthening teaching and research for the future
The financial investments in faculty support during the BrownTogether campaign go far beyond just endowed chairs. Research and travel funding as well as increased opportunities to mentor students, convene workshops and conferences with peers across the academy, and develop curriculum innovations have made Brown an attractive place for faculty, regardless of their chosen discipline.
In 2021, Jeffrey Niedermaier accepted the Mulberry Essence Assistant Professorship, which allows him to combine his expertise in comparative literature and East Asian studies.
“This position gives me an unparalleled opportunity to expose undergraduate students to some of the greatest monuments of Japanese culture; to equip a generation of graduate students in the comparative literature Ph.D. program with expertise in Japanese literature; and to share my research about pre-modern Japan's underappreciated worldliness with an international community of scholars.”
Caroline R. Richardson, who came to Brown after 24 years at the University of Michigan, feels a strong connection with her endowed chair, the George A. and Marilyn M. Bray Professorship. Her work as a diabetes prevention researcher dovetails with Dr. George Bray’s life’s work in exploring the biological underpinnings of obesity.
“This chair is helping me and my colleagues take Dr. Bray's decades of leadership, research, and mentorship in obesity science to the next step,” she says. “This is critical research about systems and strategies for disseminating effective obesity treatment for those patients, families, and communities who are at the highest risk for health problems associated with obesity.”
The teachers, scholars, and mentors who fill endowed chairs at Brown continue to shape an ever-more dynamic learning environment and contribute their expertise to a robust research enterprise that addresses the world’s most pressing issues.
“With support from BrownTogether, we have been fortunate to bring new faculty to Brown who are at the very top of their fields as well as rising stars whose innovative, collaborative approaches align with the core of Brown’s academic excellence,” said Provost Richard M. Locke. “As we move forward, it’s essential to grow our faculty ranks even further in key areas where the new knowledge they generate can have a significant impact well beyond the Brown campus.”