Endowment for Faculty Excellence

Help UW CSE recruit and retain the finest faculty members

Endowed Chairs and Endowed Professorships provide recognition and support to the very strongest faculty members. They are critical to the recruitment and retention of these true leaders, for two reasons:

  • Prestige and national visibility: An endowed position carries recognition among colleagues within academia and industry and beyond. This type of recognition is an important retention tool for exemplary faculty, encouraging them to continue their important work at UW.

  • Opportunity for unfettered creativity: An endowed position provides discretionary funds that may be used for any scholarly purpose. The flexibility afforded by this is invaluable because most government grants provide restricted funds for a specific activity. While funds from grants for established research directions are critical, discretionary funds support creativity and entrepreneurial ideas - they represent "venture funding."

Endowed Chairs and Endowed Professorships differ primarily in the funding level - Endowed Professorships in CSE are funded at a level of $1 million while Endowed Chairs are funded at a level of $2 million. In both cases, the principal is invested in UW's Consolidated Endowment Fund, which has consistently performed in the top quartile of endowments nationally. Roughly 4% is available for expenditure every year; additional gains are re-invested to keep pace with inflation.

Current endowed positions in CSE include:

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Chair, held by professor Ed Lazowska
  • The Wissner-Slivka Chair, held by professor Hank Levy
  • The Warren Francis and Wilma Kolm Bradley Chair, held by professor Tom Anderson (formerly held by professor David Notkin until his untimely death in 2013)
  • The Amazon Professorships in Machine Learning, held by professor Carlos Guestrin and professor Emily Fox (Department of Statistics)
  • The Boeing Professorship, held by professor Ben Taskar until his untimely death in 2013 (formerly held by professor Richard Ladner, professor David Notkin, and professor Nancy Leveson)
  • The Robert E. Dinning Professorship, held by professor Steve Seitz (formerly held by professor Tom Anderson)
  • The Microsoft Professorship, held by professor Anna Karlin (formerly held by professor Susan Eggers and professor Hank Levy)
  • The Jerre D. Noe Professorship, held by professor Gaetano Borriello until his untimely death in 2015
  • The Washington Research Foundation / Thomas J. Cable Professorship, held by professor Dan Weld
  • The Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Professorship, held by professor Shwetak Patel (formerly held by professor Oren Etzioni)
  • The Short-Dooley Career Development Professorship, held by professor Yoshi Kohno (formerly held by professor James Landay and professor Steve Seitz)
  • The Torode Family Career Development Professorship, held by professor Luis Ceze (formerly held by professor Yoky Matsuoka and professor Steve Gribble)
  • The Jean-Loup Baer Career Development Professorship, held by professor Magda Balazinska

Endowed positions in the College of Engineering held by UW CSE faculty include:

  • The J. Ray Bowen Professorship for Innovation in Engineering Education, held by professor Dan Grossman
  • The Boeing Pennell Professorship, formerly held by professor Jean-Loup Baer


Profile: The Warren Francis and Wilma Kolm Bradley Endowed Chair in Computer Science & Engineering

Wilma Bradley, with inaugural
Bradley Chair holder David Notkin

Wilma Bradley is a volunteer, a philanthropist, a patron of the arts, an avid investor, and a special friend of the University of Washington who is keenly interested in a broad range of intellectual pursuits.

Wilma first became interested in Computer Science & Engineering after attending the UW Annual Faculty Lecture given by CSE Professor Ed Lazowska in 1996. After several years of supporting CSE Ph.D. students (and regularly attending their thesis defenses!), she established the Warren Francis and Wilma Kolm Bradley Endowed Professorship in Computer Science & Engineering, in her name and that of her late husband. Subsequent funding converted the Bradley Professorship into the Bradley Chair. Professor David Notkin was the inaugural holder of the Bradley Professorship, and subsequently of the Bradley Chair, which he held until his untimely death in 2013. One year later, in 2014, Professor Tom Anderson succeeded David as holder of the Bradley Chair.

Wilma's personal involvement with CSE faculty and students, and her interest in their work and in the broad impact of technology on society, make the Bradley Chair special.

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Interested in learning more? Contact Ed Lazowska, lazowska@cs.washington.edu, or Erin Walker, CSE Advancement Officer, lewalker@uw.edu.

Lifetime endowment gifts of $25,000 and above are permanently recognized on the UW CSE Endowment Wall in the Allen Center atrium.

Named funds are available for gifts of $50,000 and above. Appropriate recognition, designed in consultation with each donor, is part of each gift that creates a named fund.

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