College Endowed Faculty Professorships/Chairs

Recipients of these college-level awards are honored annually at an investiture ceremony, a significant, formal ceremony that honors faculty who have been appointed to named professorships and recognizes the generous donors who made the appointments possible. This tradition began in 2023.

CALS professorship guidelines can be found online at: https://kb.wisc.edu/cals/deansoffice/107844

Beers-Bascom Professorship in Conservationexpand_more

A five-year award for a faculty member in CALS who has established and maintained outstanding research, teaching, and service in the area of natural and environmental resources conservation and management.

Recipients:

  • Anna Pidgeon, Forest and Wildlife Ecology – 2020-2025
  • Timothy Van Deelen, Forest and Wildlife Ecology – 2015-2020
  • Ken F. Raffa, Entomology – 2010-2015
  • David J. Mladenoff, Forest and Wildlife Ecology – 2005-2010
  • Stanley A. Temple, Forest and Wildlife Ecology – 1980-2005

Burkhardt Seed Grant Professorshipexpand_more

A three-year award that supports and encourages early-stage, high-risk/high-reward research at UW–Madison. Interested faculty submit research proposals, and the faculty member with the winning proposal receives the professorship. Selection is done by a subcommittee of the CALS Research Advisory Committee and preference is given to interdisciplinary projects, particularly out-of-the-box research that could have the potential to significantly change the world.

Recipients:

  • Kaiping Chen, Life Sciences Communication – 2022-2025

Campbell-Bascom Professorshipexpand_more

A five-year award that recognizes faculty for outstanding contributions in the field of agriculture. This includes, but is not limited to, those working in the areas of food science, nutrition, horticulture, agronomy, plant pathology, biological systems engineering, bacteriology, biochemistry, and genetics. The requirement that the candidates come from agriculture or food-related departments does not exclude those from a non-agriculture or non-food-related department if they conduct research in those areas.

Recipients:

  • Randall Jackson, Plant and Agroecosystem Sciences – 2019-2024
  • Shawn Kaeppler, Agronomy – 2014-2019
  • Jiming Jiang, Horticulture – 2009-2014
  • Marion L. Greaser, Animal Sciences – 2004-2009
  • Jiwan P. Palta, Horticulture – 1999-2004

Clif Bar and Organic Valley Chair in Plant Breeding for Organic Agricultureexpand_more

A seven-year award for a faculty member who has an established record of teaching and research in the discipline of organic cultivar development.

Recipients:

  • Julie C. Dawson, Plant and Agroecosystems Sciences – 2023-2030
  • William F. Tracy, Plant and Agroecosystems Sciences – 2016-2023

Clif Bar Endowed Chair in Organic Agriculture and Outreachexpand_more

A five-year award that supports the advancement of organic agriculture through dedicated research and outreach programs.

Recipients:

  • Erin Silva, Plant Pathology – 2022-2027

Fritz Friday Chair in Vegetable Production Researchexpand_more

A five-year award for a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding research and service in vegetable production.

Recipients:

  • Amanda Jane Gevens, Plant Pathology – 2023-2028
  • Jed B. Colquhoun, Horticulture – 2018-2023
  • Amy Charkowski, Plant Pathology – 2015-2016
  • William F. Tracy, Agronomy – 2008-2015
  • Walter R. Stevenson, Plant Pathology – 2001-2006
  • Larry K. Binning, Horticulture – 1992-2001

Salm-Bray Distinguished Chairexpand_more

A five-year award that recognizes and rewards a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional cross-disciplinary scholarship and collaboration in the area of human or animal health, and who advances the impact of agriculture through the identification and development of novel bio-functional compounds.

Recipients:

  • Michael Sussman, Biochemistry – 2022-2027

Douglas D. Sorenson Professorshipexpand_more

  • Xuejun Pan, Biological Systems Engineering – 2021-2026
  • Richard Lindroth, Entomology – 2016-2021
  • Richard Eisenstein, Nutritional Sciences – 2016-2021
  • Patricia S. McManus, Plant Pathology – 2016-2021
  • Caitilyn Allen, Plant Pathology – 2016-2021
  • Alfred Hartemink, Soil Science – 2016-2021
  • Laura Kiessling, Biochemistry – 2015-2020
  • Ken F. Raffa, Entomology – 2015-2020

Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Grower BCS Chairexpand_more

A five-year award for a faculty member with an established research portfolio addressing the impact of potatoes and/or vegetables on water, economics, and the environment.

Recipients:

  • Matthew Ruark, Soil Science – 2023-2028

Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Grower KWS Chairexpand_more

A five-year award for a faculty member with an established research portfolio addressing the impact of potatoes and/or vegetables on water, economics, and the environment.