The University of Chicago has announced a $25 million commitment from the Neubauer Family Foundation to create a program to attract outstanding young faculty.
The Neubauer Family Fellows Program will support twenty new tenure-track faculty across the University, and pushes the university's capital campaign over its $2 billion goal. Joseph Neubauer, a university trustee and alumnus, praised the university for its "wise investments in exceptional people" and said the family, which has given a total of $36 million to the university, wanted to enhance its ability to compete for the best young scholars.
Each year, four faculty members will be chosen for the five-year fellowship, and the first group is expected to begin their appointments in autumn 2009. The Neubauer professors will receive research support to use at their discretion, along with guaranteed leave time to pursue additional research to advance their scholarly work and careers. "The university has long been known for identifying and recruiting talented scholars early in their careers and providing them with both the resources and the stimulating, rigorous, and engaged intellectual environment that allows their work to flourish," said university president Robert Zimmer. "This exceptionally generous gift will help the university build on our history of agenda-setting and discipline-defining faculty."