Help the Allen School recruit and retain the finest faculty members

Cover of Allen School Case StatementEndowed 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 the Allen School 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.

Our greatest current priority is the creation of additional Endowed Professorships to aid in the recruitment and retention of extraordinary faculty. Our faculty has grown considerably in recent years, but our number of Endowed Professorships has not, due to our need to focus on securing funding for the Bill & Melinda Gates Center. Through our "Ten by Twenty" campaign, we seek to create ten new Endowed Professorships by June 30, 2020. Matching funds are available!

Learn about the "Ten by Twenty" campaign here!

Profile: The Frank and Wilma 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 Frank and Wilma 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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Endowed Professorships and Endowed Chairs in the Paul G. Allen School

Current endowed positions in the Allen School include:

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Chair, held by professor Ed Lazowska
  • The Wissner-Slivka Chair, held by professor Hank Levy
  • The Frank and Wilma 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
  • The Jean-Loup Baer Professorship, formerly held as a Career Development Professorship by professor Magda Balazinska
  • The Boeing Professorship, held by professor Sidd Srinivasa (formerly held by professor Ben Taskar until his untimely death in 2013, professor Richard Ladner, professor David Notkin, and professor Nancy Leveson)
  • The Robert E. Dinning Professorship, formerly held by professor Steve Seitz and professor Tom Anderson
  • The Richard E. Ladner Professorship, held by professor Jennifer Mankoff
  • 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 Jeffrey Heer (formerly held by professor Gaetano Borriello until his untimely death in 2015)
  • The Short-Dooley Professorship, formerly held as a Career Development Professorship by professor Yoshi Kohno, professor James Landay and professor Steve Seitz
  • 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 Eric Yuan and Sherry Zhang Professorship
  • The Paul G. Allen Career Development Professorship, held by professor Yin Tat Lee
  • The Carlos Guestrin Career Development Professorship, held by professor Kevin Jamieson
  • The Brett Helsel Career Development Professorship, held by professor Yejin Choi
  • The Torode Family Career Development Professorship, formerly held by professor Luis Ceze, professor Yoky Matsuoka and professor Steve Gribble

Endowed positions in Electrical & Computer Engineering and in the College of Engineering held by Allen School faculty include:

  • The J. Ray Bowen Professorship for Innovation in Engineering Education, formerly held by professor Dan Grossman
  • The Cherng Jia and Elizabeth Yun Hwang Professorship, held by professor Rajesh Rao
  • The Boeing Pennell Professorship, formerly held by professor Jean-Loup Baer
  • The Milton and Delia Zeutschel Professorship in Entrepreneurial Excellence, held by professor Joshua Smith

Term-limited Professorships and Chairs held by Allen School faculty include:

  • The Washington Research Foundation Data Science Chair, held by professor Sham Kakade
  • The Gaetano Borriello Professorship for Educational Excellence, held by CSE Ph.D. alumnus and Adjunct Professor and EE professor Scott Hauck

Interested in learning more?

Contact Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in the Paul G. Allen School, lazowska (at), or Marzette Mondin, Director of Advancement in the Paul G. Allen School, marz (at)

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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