Faculty Chairs

The Cooper Union’s faculty is critical to the educational success of its students.  We must maintain an outstanding faculty in order to remain among the top-ranked small colleges nationwide. 

By funding an endowed professorship, you are providing a permanent source of income to support a faculty member.  Professorships allow Cooper Union to honor and reward our best faculty members, while helping us recruit top researchers and teachers to join Cooper Union. 

Below is the current list of endowed faculty chairs at The Cooper Union:

Albert Nerken School of Engineering

  • George Clark Chair in Mechanical Engineering
  • George Fox Chair in Urban Infrastructure Design
  • Jesse Sherman Electrical Engineering Chair
  • C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Engineering
  • Jack and Lewis Rudin Chair*
  • Leo B. and Nellie S. Luckner Chair in Engineering*

School of Art and Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

  • Ellen and Sidney Feltman Chair
  • Robert Gwathmey Chair in Art and Architecture
  • Alex Katz Chair in Painting and Drawing
  • Frank Stanton Chair in Graphic Design
  • Barbara White Fishman Chair for Visiting Artists
  • Henry Wolf Chair in Photography
  • Robert Lehman Foundation Visiting Artists Program
  • Hans Burkhardt Visiting Artists

*  Not fully funded

To discuss your support for Cooper Union’s faculty, please contact Jeanne Lunin, Director of Development, at (212) 353-4107 or jlunin@cooper.edu.

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