Impact the future of Liberal Arts with a leadership gift. Naming opportunities are available at a range of levels. For information, contact the Office of Development and External Affairs by phone (317) 278-1839 or email, LibArts@iupui.edu. Endowed faculty positions and some scholarships may be eligible for a university match.
To Name the School
The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI is one of the core undergraduate schools of Indiana’s only major urban research campus. It is the second largest school on the IUPUI campus (as measured in student credit hours taught, number of faculty/staff, budget), serving all undergraduate students and offering graduate programs in all but one department. Faculty of the School attract significant research funding annually, ranking third only to the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences-Bloomington in external research funding.
The Dean of the School of Liberal Arts is the academic and administrative leader of the broad community of learning that is represented in the twelve departments and multiple centers, programs and institutes representing the humanities and social sciences. An endowment naming this position would provide the resources for this leadership position to advance the development of new academic collaborations, support research, undergraduate and graduate programs, develop student focused initiatives, community outreach opportunities and more.
Centers, Programs and Institutes are lead and administered by Directors who are themselves noted scholars in their fields. Their administrative responsibilities support the research mission of the particular center, program or institute, and include both financial and personnel resource development.
New technologies applied to undergraduate and graduate teaching and research require expertise beyond a particular disciplinary interest. A "Virtual Chair" might be held by someone whose is skilled in developing and using the new technologies in both research and teaching.
Faculty Chair in an Academic Department
Endowing a named chair in an academic department enables the donor to support study and scholarship in the Liberal Arts. Specifically, a donor may select that area that they believe to be most critical to a successful study of the Liberal Arts. Named chairs attract strong faculty members and students and enhance the reputation of the department and school as well as the university. Endowment funds may be used to support scholarly research, provide for research assistance, build academic programs, and to develop other projects deemed to support the work of the department.
Faculty Chair in a Specific Program Area
Donors may choose to support specific areas of scholarly exploration such as Medical Humanities, Jewish Studies, Gender Studies and Civil War History. Funding a faculty chair allows a donor to make a difference in teaching and research by creating a prestigious permanent position in a particular area. The endowed position not only will attract high caliber faculty, but it will also improve the quality and prestige of the program itself. The endowment income may support students, provide necessary technology, fund seminars and workshops and generally enhance teaching and research.
Named professorships recognize distinguished scholars and provide for additional resources to reward scholarship, teaching and service. A funded professorship can support salary enhancements and provide for library resources, travel needs or other opportunities for the professor to advance knowledge and further the school and university’s educational mission. The endowed position will attract and recognize high caliber faculty, while also benefiting the discipline.
Named fellowships recognize distinguished scholars and provide for additional resources to reward scholarship, teaching and service. A faculty fellowship can support salary enhancements and provide for library resources, travel needs or other opportunities for the professor. Faculty fellows will be key contributors to their discipline(s), the School, and campus, and will in turn have the special recognition and support of an endowed position.
A named lectureship provides an opportunity to recognize and support the outstanding contribution made by lecturers. Typically, lecturers teach many of the introductory courses (such as composition and public speaking) in the school’s larger departments and are non-tenure track instructors who do not enjoy the same benefits as tenure track professors. Donors may support and recognize the teaching and service of this important faculty group.
Graduate Research Assistantship
Endowed graduate research assistantships create important opportunities for graduate students to work in tandem with research faculty. Typically, a graduate research assistantship covers tuition and a living stipend. Named graduate research assistantships supported by endowment allows the student to devote his or her efforts to their research agenda as they progress through degree work.
Graduate Internships and Fellowships
Endowed internships and fellowships create important opportunities to gain the practical experience necessary to accompany academic knowledge. Named internships supported by endowments allow the student to take part in experiential learning opportunities and devote his or her efforts where they are most needed, while at the same time following his or her academic interests.
One responsibility of the university is to provide opportunities that bring together students and faculty, alumni and staff, friends and community members for the purpose of intellectual exploration. Named internships supported by endowments allow the student to take part in experiential learning opportunities and devote his or her efforts where they are most needed, while at the same time following his or her academic interests. A named lectureship and enables the School to recruit important speakers, market the lecture to the correct audience, and pay for the other expenses associated with a successful series.
Students can study more and work less, therefore, devoting more energy and effort to learning. Scholarships can come in every shape and size and allow the donor to focus their gift narrowly on students studying in a specific area or can be more broadly defined within the School. Named scholarships begin at $25,000 (provides one, $1125 scholarship per year), but have no gift level limit. (For example, a $1 million gift for scholarships can support up to 4-5, full in-state tuition scholarships at one time within a year.) Scholarships may be able to receive matching funds beginning at the $50,000 level.
Name a Laboratory
Technology is a critical tool in the study of the Liberal Arts. Faculty use technology in their teaching, writing and research, and students use technology to practice language and public speaking, to write, to research, and to learn the skills necessary to enter the workforce. In Liberal Arts, technology labs are at the center of many of the programs. The School houses the only video production facility on the IUPUI campus, is home to the American Sign Language/English Interpreting degree program and its state-of-the-art facilities, the Social Sciences lab supports both the complicated work of the Economics Department and the Geography Department’s Geographic Information Science program. Finally, the Multimedia Language Resource Center is a critical center for the study of foreign languages. These technology centers provide an opportunity to endow facilities that are absolutely essential to each student’s education.
Name an Endowed Research Center or Program
A strong endowment is critical to the longevity and success of a research center. Without an endowment, research centers must focus on raising funds needed to sustain the center each year. A named center would be able to focus less on fundraising and focus more on the important scholarly work at hand. Endowment interest would be used to support the center’s efforts to explore important aspects of our world, serve as a resource for other scholars and students, publish books, articles, etc., maintain its facilities and human resources, and much, much more. The work of the centers housed in the School of Liberal Arts has already received local and national attention, but there is always more work to be done. A named research center is an important way for a dedicated donor to support scholarly work in perpetuity.