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Endowed Chairs

Top faculty play a pivotal role in driving Medill's national reputation and shaping the professional paths of our students. Endowed faculty professorships ensure that Medill has the resources to recruit and retain the best and brightest faculty.

You can name a faculty position in honor of a loved one, colleague or mentor to ensure that current and future Medill students have the opportunity to learn from the top scholars and practitioners in journalism and integrated marketing communications who share a commitment to quality teaching.

Current Endowed Chairs at Medill

Daniel H. Renberg Chair

The Renberg Chair was established in memory of the late financier and philanthropist and Medill alumnus Daniel H. Renberg (BSJ52). The endowed professorship that focuses on social justice in reporting, with an emphasis on issues relevant to the LGBTQ community.

Learn more about the Daniel H. Renberg Chair

Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professorship

The Qatar Foundation provided funding for the Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professorship at Medill.

Learn about the Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professorship

Helen Gurley Brown Professorship

This endowed chair was given by the Hearst Corporation to honor Helen Gurley Brown, the iconic editor of Cosmopolitan.

Learn more about the Helen Gurley Brown Professorship

John M. Mutz Chair in Local News

The John M. Mutz Chair in Local News was established by Medill alumnus John M. Mutz (BSJ57, MSJ58). The endowed chair was supported in part by alumni Patrick G. (Kellogg59, Honorary09) and Shirley W. Ryan (Weinberg61, Honorary19) through the Ryan Family Chair Challenge.

Learn more about the John M. Mutz Chair 

Knight Chair in Digital Media Strategy

The Knight Chair was created by the Knight Foundation as part of its focus on sustaining democracy by leading journalism to its best possible future in the 21st century.

Learn about the Knight Chair in Digital Media Strategy

Theodore R. and Annie Laurie Sills Professorship

This chair honors Ted Sills, an early public relations leader and innovator starting in the 1930s.

Learn more about the Theodore R. and Annie Laurie Sills Professorship

William F. Thomas Professorship in Journalism

The William F. Thomas Professorship was established at Medill in honor of the former editor and executive vice president of the LA Times.

Learn more about the William F. Thomas Professorship in Journalism

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