Support for Faculty and Staff

Join us as we grow our endowment and invest in Luther's most precious resource‒our students, faculty, and staff. During this time of leadership transition, Luther's development efforts remain focused on our student-centered mission. A two-year transitional funding initiative‒Sustaining the Mission‒focuses on growing the Annual Fund and securing support for select program and scholarship endowments. In addition, as new reunion class initiatives for key reunion years are established, an enhanced planned-giving effort has been launched in tandem with the college's ongoing effort to increase alumni participation and support for the Annual Fund.

Fund for Transformational Teaching and Learning

Luther seeks to significantly undergird support for teaching and learning. Committed to sound stewardship of our precious resources, we must invest in our faculty and staff so they, as our human endowment, continue to thrive. We seek to do this through the establishment of endowed funds to support:

  • Workshops on teaching and assessment (five named funds @ $100,000)
  • Pre-tenure faculty sabbaticals (three named funds @$500,000)
  • Innovation and Creativity Teaching Fellowships (two named fellowships @ $1,000,000)
  • Paideia Teaching Fellowship (four @ $250,000)
  • New faculty scholarship (five named funds @ $100,000)
  • Endowed support for staff development ($1,000,000)
  • Continued support for endowed faculty chairs and professorships ($2,500,000)

Student Faculty Fellowships

Independent collaborative research between students and mentors is a catalyst for igniting academic discovery and inquiry. Researching side by side in the field, in the broader scholarly community, or in the research laboratory is a distinctive opportunity at Luther which requires directed funding. Focused exploration, collaborative and self-directed inquiry, and application of this research to the larger world prepares our students for the expanded possibilities of graduate study and professional school. Luther seeks support for these 25 endowed fellowships by securing funding at the $100,000 level. These funds may be directed to a specific academic discipline, named in honor of a beloved faculty member, or left to the vision and discretion of the academic dean.