Academic Support

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Investing in Academics

Luther offers more than 60 majors and preprofessional programs leading to the bachelor's degree. The college's learning philosophy highlights connections between disciplines. Its thoughtful and rigorous curriculum moves beyond immediate interests toward engagement in the larger world. Luther's liberal arts education prepares students for complexity, diversity, and change. At Luther, students get the resources and academic challenges needed to map their own futures, and to develop the discipline of work and the habit of critical thinking.

Endowed Library Resource Funds:
$25,000 minimum commitment

Provides support to enable Preus Library to maintain a relevant educational resource on campus. No longer just about books, the library utilizes e-resources, periodicals, subscriptions, and other learning tools.

Endowed Academic Program Funds:
$50,000 minimum commitment

Provides general support for departmental and programmatic activities, and may also support music ensembles, student organizations, and other college resources.

Endowed Technology and Equipment Funds:
$100,000 minimum commitment

Provides support for the ever-growing need for cutting-edge technology and equipment across campus. Examples include information technology resources, classroom and laboratory equipment, and even support for musical instruments.

Endowed Faculty Development Funds:
$100,000 minimum commitment

Provides support for special projects, professional development, and other activities proposed by Luther faculty.

Endowed Staff Development Funds:
$100,000 minimum commitment

Provides support for special projects, professional development, and other activities proposed by Luther staff members.


Endowed Faculty Fellowships:

$100,000 minimum commitment

Provides support for scholarly activity and research opportunities for a Luther faculty member. Investing in faculty research enhances the academic program and the internal opportunities to support faculty at all levels.

Endowed Professorship:
$750,000 minimum commitment
An endowed professorship is usually held by a faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional teaching and achieved distinction in his/her field. An endowed professorship provides funds for a portion of the annual salary of a professor. The endowment also provides additional funds for the professor to conduct a specific research project, support related professional travel, and/or engage in a similar activity to enhance his/her knowledge, ability to teach, and reputation in the discipline.

Endowed Chair:
$1,500,000 minimum commitment

An endowed chair is Luther’s most prestigious academic distinction, usually held by a faculty member who is an acclaimed teacher and recognized scholar in his/her field. An endowed chair provides funds for a portion of the annual salary of a professor. The endowment also provides additional funds for the professor to conduct research projects, attend professional conferences, and/ or engage in other educational activities with the goal of sharing newly acquired knowledge with students, fellow faculty, staff, and other members of the Luther community. Luther has endowed chairs in a range of disciplines such as biology, business, economics, music, philosophy, history, classics, and Nordic studies.

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