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Current Chairs and Professorships

Chairs and Professorships

Current Gifts

Endowed chairs and professorships provide support for faculty members at West Texas A&M University. The endowments offer resources for enhanced teaching and learning opportunities that enrich the life of the University and strengthen the foundation of academic excellence.

Endowed Giving Policy.

Endowed Chairs

An endowed chair provides the University a valuable tool in recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty. Funds from the endowment allow WTAMU to reward scholarly excellence and encourage research while enhancing program growth and development. An endowed chair is a coveted position that brings prestige and distinction to a college discipline while providing faculty support for research and creative work. It offers opportunities for program growth and development and recognizes scholarly excellence. Endowed chair positions recognize the generosity of donors in perpetuity and serve as a valuable tool in recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty members.

$1 million - Endowed Chair

Professorships

A professorship expands opportunities for exceptional faculty members by providing additional resources for teaching, research and professional activities and development. Faculty members benefit from the coveted title, and students glean from the professor’s academic insight and leadership.

$100,000 - Professorship


COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Dr. David Khan

The Ross W. Wilson Chair in Chemistry
Dr. David Khan, Appointment 2014-2017

The Ross W. Wilson Chair in Chemistry is the first endowed chair in the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering. It was established by gifts from the late Ross W. Wilson, a 1938 graduate of WT, and the estate of Hazel Kelley Wilson to honor both Ora Mae Harris Wilson, a 1938 WT graduate and wife of Ross W. Wilson, and Dr. Charles A. Pierle, who taught chemistry at WT from 1922-1954.

Dr. Khan teaches Biochemistry, General Chemistry, as well as General Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences.

Dr. Khan has publications in several prestigious journals to include Journal of the American Chemical Society, Chemical Biology and Drug Design, as well as BMC Cancer.  He has also published in the Methods of Molecular Biology textbook series.  In addition, Dr. Khan has presented his scientific findings at several national and international research conferences. 

Dr. Khan is a member of the American Chemical Society, Controlled Release Society, as well as the National Scholars Honor Society.


Dr. Dean Hawkins Chair in Cow/Calf Management
Dr. Tommy Perkins, Appointment 2019 - 2021

 


Bell Helicopter Professorship in Engineering
Dr. Matt Jackson, Appointment 2013 - 2016

 


James A. "Buddy" Davidson Professorship in Wildlife Biology
Dr. Richard Kazmaier, Appointment 2016 - 2019

 


COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Leslie Ramos-Salazar

The Abdullat Professorship of Business

Dr. Leslie Ramos Salazar, Appointment 2018 - Present

The Amjad A. Abdullat Professorship of Business was established in 2018 by Drs. Amjad Abdullat, Taghreed Maaytah, and Friends of the Engler College of Business. The purpose of the professorship is to enhance student engagement opportunities and innovation across the business curriculum. 


Neil Meredith

The Dana Professorship of Business

Dr. Neil Meredith, Appointment 2015 - Present

The Dana Professorship of Business was established in 2015 by Hassan and Jill Dana. The professorship was created for the purpose of supporting academic excellence, discovery, and innovation for the faculty, students, and regional community supported by West Texas A&M University and the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business.

 

 


Sharon Burnett

The Edwards Professorship of Accounting

Dr. Sharon Burnett, Appointment 2015 - Present

The Edwards Professorship was established in 2015 by friends of Gene Edwards to provide an endowment for funding the Edwards Professorship of Accounting. The professorship is in honor of Gene Edwards, a distinguished Texas Banker who enhanced both business and community development through his leadership at the First National Bank of Amarillo.

 


Barbara Wang

The Edwards Professorship of Banking

Dr. H. Barbara Wang, Appointment 2013 - Present 

The Edwards Professorship was established in 1984 by friends of Gene Edwards to provide an endowment for funding the Edwards Professorship of Banking. The professorship is in honor of Gene Edwards, a distinguished Texas banker who enhanced both business and community development through his leadership at the First National Bank of Amarillo.

 


Anne Macy

The Edwards Professorship of Finance

Dr. Anne Macy, Appointment 2008 - Present

The Edwards Professorship was established in 1984 by friends of Gene Edwards to provide an endowment for funding the Edwards Professorship of Finance.  The professorship is in honor of Gene Edwards, a distinguished Texas banker who enhanced both business and community development through his leadership at the First National Bank of Amarillo. 

 


Oscar Solis

The Edwards Professorship of Financial Planning

Dr. Oscar Solis, Appointment 2019 - Present

The Edwards Professorship was established in 2013 by friends of Gene Edwards to provide an endowment for funding the Edwards Professorship of Financial Planning.  The professorship is in honor of Gene Edwards, a distinguished Texas banker who enhanced both business and community development through his leadership at the First National Bank of Amarillo. 

 


Kelly McCauley

The Engler Professorship of Management

Dr. Kelly McCauley, Appointment 2019 - Present

The Engler Professorship of Management was established in 2019 by the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation. The purpose of the professorship is to advance the mission of the business program at West Texas A&M University by supporting the teaching, research, and service activities of an outstanding management faculty member in the Engler College of Business.

 


Trevor Watkins

The Foust Professorship of Business

Dr. Trevor Watkins, Appointment 2019 - Present

Friends of the Engler College of Business and the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation established the Foust Professorship of Business in 2019 to honor the legacy of J.W. and Nell Foust. The professorship is established to advance the mission of the Engler College of Business and honor of the legacy of J.W. and Nell Foust as Texas Panhandle business pioneers.

 


Jeffry Babb

The Gensler Professorship of Computer Information Systems

Dr. Jeffry Babb, Appointment 2015 - Present

The Gensler Professorship was established in 2007 by friends and former students of Dr. Phil Gensler to provide an endowment for funding the Gensler Professorship of Computer Information Systems. The professorship is in honor of Dr. Phil Gensler, a distinguished computer information systems professor who, through 20 years of professional leadership and dedication to students, provided exceptional opportunities for graduates in computer information systems.

 


R. Nicholas Gerlich

The Hickman Professorship of Marketing 

Dr. Nick Gerlich, Appointment 2013 - Present

The Hickman Professorship was established in 2008 by Happy State Bank to provide an endowment for funding the Hickman Professorship of Marketing and Business. The professorship is in honor of Mr. J. Pat Hickman, a Texas Panhandle banker that provides leadership to Happy State Bank with a spirited entrepreneurial vision.

 


Jim Owens

The Hodges Professorship of Corporate Governance 

Dr. James Owens, Appointment 2013 - Present

The Donald W. Hodges Professorship of Corporate Governance was established by Don & Freddie Hodges and Hodges Capital Management in 2013. The professorship was created for the purpose of enhancing high quality instruction and research in the areas of corporate governance and business ethics at West Texas A&M University.

 


Darlene Pulliam

The McCray Professorshop of Business 

Dr. Darlene Pulliam, Appointment 2008 - Present

The McCray Professorship was established in 2007 by James B. and Mogie R. McCray to provide an endowment for funding the McCray Professorship in Business. The professorship recognizes the McCray family as generous business leaders promoting high quality instruction and scholarship in the Texas Panhandle.

 


Marisa Crisostomo

The Miller Professorship of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Marisa Crisostomo, Appointment 2018 - Present

The Miller Professorship was established in 2010 by Dr. Jerry Miller, a distinguished scholar, dedicated professor, entrepreneur, community leader, and innovative former dean of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business at West Texas A&M University. The professorship was created for the purpose of supporting the continued student, faculty, and community entrepreneurship activities at West Texas A&M University.

 


Robin Patterson

The Patterson Professorship of Business Law

Dr. Robin Patterson, Appointment 2013 - Present

Don Patterson, a 1952 graduate of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, established the Patterson Professorship of Business Law in 2013. The professorship was created for the purpose of supporting academic excellence, discovery, and innovation for the faculty, students, and regional community supported by West Texas A&M University and the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business.

 


De'Arno De'Armond

The Paul Engler Professorship of Business

Dr. De'Arno De'Armond, Appointment 2019 - Present

The Paul Engler Professorship was established in 2019 by the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation. The purpose of the professorship is to advance the mission of the business program at West Texas A&M University by supporting the teaching, research, and service activities of an outstanding faculty member in the Engler College of Business.

 


Sean Humpherys

The Pickens Professorship of Business 

Dr. Sean Humpherys, Appointment 2011 - Present

The Pickens Professorship was established in 2007 by Mr. T. Boone Pickens, a distinguished oil and gas industry leader. The professorship is created for the purpose of stimulating academic excellence, enhancing creative thought and challenging business students at West Texas A&M University.

 


Eric Hoffman

The Pickens Professorship of Economics

Dr. Eric Hoffmann, Appointment 2019 - Present

The Pickens Professorship was established in 2019 by friends of the College of Business and the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation. The professorship is created to honor the legacy of Mr. T. Boone Pickens for his efforts to advance the College of Business at West Texas A&M University.

 


Jonathan Shaffer

The Pickens Professorship of Management

Dr. Jonathan Shaffer, Appointment 2010 - Present

The Pickens Professorship was established in 2010 by Mr. T. Boone Pickens, a distinguished oil and gas industry leader. The professorship is created for the purpose of stimulating academic excellence, enhancing creative thought and challenging business students at West Texas A&M University.

 


Karyn Friske

The Schaeffer Professorship of Business Ethics 

Dr. Karyn Friske, Appointment 2011 - Present

The Stanley Schaeffer Professorship for Business Ethics was established in 2010 by Mr. Stanley Schaeffer, a distinguished alumni, business leader, and philanthropist. This professorship was created for the purpose of stimulating academic excellence and enhancing an appreciation of ethical leadership for business students at West Texas A&M University.

 


Bin Shao

The Terry Professorship of Business

Dr. Bin Shao, Appointment 2015 - Present

The Terry Professorship of Business was established in 2013 by Drs. Neil and Anne Macy Terry. The professorship was created for the purpose of supporting continuous improvement efforts that advance the business program at West Texas A&M University.

 


Jillian Yarbrough

The Virginia Engler Professorship of Business 

Dr. Jillian Yarbrough, Appointment 2018 - Present

The Virginia Engler Professorship was established in 2018 by the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation. The purpose of the professorship is to advance the mission of the business program at West Texas A&M University by supporting the teaching, research, and service activities of an outstanding faculty member in the Engler College of Business.

 


Robert King

The Wilder Professorship of Business

Dr. Robert Allen King, Appointment 2018 - Present

The David Wilder Professorship was established in 2018 by Friends of the Engler College of Business and the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation. The professorship recognizes the dedicated service and commitment Mr. Wilder provides the business program at West Texas A&M University. The purpose of the professorship is to encourage and reward teaching excellence in support of students in the Texas Panhandle and beyond.

 


Andrew Li

The Williams Professorship of Management

Dr. Andrew Li, Appointment 2010 - Present

The Williams Professorship of Management was established in 2010 by Mr. Don Williams, a distinguished entrepreneur, community leader and supporter of excellence in education from Plainview, Texas.

 


COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

John G. O’Brien Distinguished Chair in Education
To be filled

The John G. O’Brien Distinguished Chair in Education was established in 2008 by members of the John G. O’Brien family, the Amarillo Area Foundation and the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation. The chair honors O’Brien, who instilledin his family a profound dedication to strengthening public school education in the Texas Panhandle. It establishes a collaborative enterprise between WTAMU and the Amarillo Independent School District to create and implement a state-of-the-art professional development school model for teacher preparation—a model designed to ensure WTAMU students are well prepared to successfully teach in 21st century classrooms.

Cartwright is appointed jointly by WTAMU and the Amarillo Independent School District and collaborates with AISD staff to teach with current K-12 teachers. Her courses include an integrated language arts/social studies teaching methodology and classroom management with a secondary focus. She has numerous research interests that include development and support of professional and personal learning communities serving at-risk and first-generation students, social creativity, teacher/student learning action research, engagement or autotelic experiences for diverse learners and cognitive coaching for academic and career efficacy.


Dr. Ashley Campbell

The Helen Piehl Professor of Education
Dr. Ashley Campbell, Appointment 2016-2019

The Helen Piehl Professorship of Education was established in December 2008 as a Centennial Leadership Gift from Helen Piehl, the 2007-2008 WTAMU Foundation president.

Campbell teaches science methods and is a member of the Association for Science Teacher Education, the National Science Teachers Association, the Southwest Educational Research Association and the Science Teachers Association. She also serves as co-chairman of the annual Panhandle Area Math and Science Conference at WTAMU.


Dave Rausch

The Teel Bivins Professor of Political Science
Dr. Dave Rausch, Appointment 2016-2019

The Teel Bivins Professorship of Political Science was announced in 2008 to pay tribute to Ambassador Teel Bivins of Amarillo for his visionary leadership and the many significant contributions he made in the field of political science. The professorship was established through gifts from Bivins’ family, friends and colleagues and the Mary E. Bivins Foundation.

Rausch teaches a number of courses in political science including American state and local governments, social research methods, religion and politics and European parliamentary governments. His research interests range from legislative studies and state and local politics to religion and politics and survey research methods.


James CalviThe Teel Bivins Professor of American Politics
Dr. James Calvi, Appointment 2011-2014
The Teel Bivins Professor of Political Science was established in 2008, and its overwhelming support enabled the University to establish the Teel Bivins Professorship of American Politics in 2009. The professorship was funded through gifts from family, friends and colleagues of the late Ambassador Bivins and the Mary E. Bivins Foundation.

Calvi teaches courses in constitutional law, administrative law and a graduate course in judicial politics. He is the co-author of American Law and Legal Systems, now in its seventh edition, and his current research interest is in the study of the changing faces of political conservatism.

Dr. Conn Thomas

The Geneva Schaeffer Professor of Education and Social Sciences
Dr. Conn Thomas, Appointment 2016-2019

The Geneva Schaeffer Professor of Education and Social Services was established by distinguished WTAMU alumna and philanthropist Geneva Schaeffer in 2010 to stimulate academic excellence and enhance scholarship, research and instruction for faculty in the College of Education and Social Sciences.

Thomas’s teaching fields and research interests include evidence-based instructional practices in academically diverse classrooms as well as the performance of bilingual and special education students on high-stakes tests.
 


SYBIL B. HARRINGTON COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND HUMANITIES

Helen Blackburn

The Yvonne Franklin Endowed Chair in Music

Helen Blackburn, Appointment 2015-2018

The Yvonne Franklin Endowed Chair in Music was established in 2008 by James Franklin as a permanent and perpetual tribute to his beloved wife.

Blackburn joins the WTAMU faculty with a distinguished career as a performer and teacher of flute. She taught at Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas and performed as principle flute with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and the Breckenridge Musical Festival Orchestra. She also is a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

 




 


Jeffrey DotyThe Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 Endowed Professorship in Shakespeare Studies
Dr. Jeffrey Doty, Appointment 2015-2018

The Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 Professorship in Shakespeare Studies was established in 1995 through the generosity of Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 to promote the teaching of Shakespeare at WTAMU, in Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle.

In addition to a course in composition, Doty also teaches Shakespeare, British literature to 1800 and comic film and literature.His research interests include literature and the public sphere, early modern theatre and political thought and how Shakespeare’s plays taught audiences forms of political analysis.


Dr. Alex HuntThe Haley Endowed Professor of Western Studies

Dr. Alex Hunt, Appointment 2015-2018

This fund is being created as part of the Haley Family Western Heritage Program at WTAMU to honor J. Evetts Haley, Sr.  who graduated from West Texas Normal College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1925. Designed  to create a working research relationship between West Texas A&M University and the Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library and the J. Evetts Haley Historical Center in Midland the professorship is awarded to either a qualified History Professor of a professor within the EMPL whose focus is Western Literature.
 

Royal BrantleyThe Royal R. Brantley Professorship in Theatre Arts

Royal Brantley, Appointment 2013-2016

The professorship was created to honor the service and commitment of Royal R. Brantley to the many theatre students, faculty and professionals during his tenure at WTAMU. The professorship will be a three year rotating award and will be awarded to a theatre faculty member who demonstrates exceptional commitment to the high ideals of the theatre program at WTAMU.

 


Chad HollidayDoris Alexander Professorship in Art
Chad Holliday, Appointment 2013-2016

For over 40 years, Doris Alexander has been a driving force in the advancement of the Fine Arts in the Panhandle of Texas. Her resume of leadership touches every single one of the Fine Arts disciplines in one way or another. In her 6 year stint as a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Commission of the Arts she chaired the marketing campaign which sold over $2,000,000 worth of “State of the Arts” license plates benefitting the commission whose responsibility is to grant funds to arts entities all over the state. This professorship honors Doris Alexander and her exceptional commitment to the fine arts.
 

 

 


COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES

The S.S. "Buddy" Stephens Professorship in Communication Disorders
Recipient to be Named

 


OFFICE OF THE PROVOST

SS "Buddy" Stephens Professorship of Communication Disorders
Leslie Dalton, Appointment 2013-2016