This Endowed Chair Looks Pretty Safe

In the Pope Center’s latest research paper, Martin Morse Wooster examined, inter alia, the endowed-chair approach to higher-education philanthropy and concluded that it can be hazardous for conservatives and libertarians. I suspect that the chair described below, however, is pretty safe for the intentions of the donor or donors:

Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies The University of Richmond invites applications and nominations for the Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.  This is a tenured position beginning August 2012. Teaching responsibilities will support the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. The ideal candidate will be an outstanding teacher with at least 10 years of teaching experience and a distinguished record of scholarship in women’s studies, sexuality studies, or gender studies.  In addition, we seek a colleague who has experience leading an interdisciplinary program in women’s, gender or sexuality studies or who has other professional service in the field.  Candidates must be eligible for appointment at the rank of professor in a department related to her/his discipline, and the candidate’s tenure will reside in that department.  The successful candidate must meet all position requirements at the time of selection.  For more information on the program and resources, see ( Applicants should apply online at using the Faculty (Instructional/Research) link. They will be asked to supply a curriculum vitae, a summary of current teaching and research interests, and a list of three references.  The search committee will begin to review applications and nominations on November 15, and will continue to consider candidates until the position is filled.  Nominations and inquiries may be directed to Dr. Crystal Hoyt, Director of the WGSS Program, at  or (804) 287-6825. The University of Richmond is a highly selective, private, liberal arts institution with approximately 3,000 undergraduates located on a beautiful campus six miles west of the heart of Richmond and in close proximity to the ocean, mountains and Washington, D.C. The university is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body and to supporting an inclusive campus community. We strongly encourage applicants to indicate their potential contributions to these goals.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. He holds a B.A. from Carroll College (Waukesha, Wis.) and a J.D. from ...

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