Ashland Oil Professorship

Ashland, Inc. Endowed Professorship - College of Education and Human Services

Established: December 3, 1999

Current Professor: Dr. Stephanie Hendrith

The purpose of this endowment is to establish an endowed professorship in the College of Education and Human Services. The professorship is designed to enhance collaboration with the public schools in elementary, middle, and/or high school education.

The College of Education and Human Services is using the endowed professorship funds to create a distinguished practitioner/lecturer position to augment and support the salary and activities needed to attract qualified African American candidates from the public schools. If the candidate does not hold a terminal degree, the funds may be used to support a person in pursuit of such a degree, supporting the University’s desire to enhance the number of minority faculty on campus.

The primary focus of the professorship is to facilitate University faculty and public school teachers and administrators in exploring collaborative partnerships and relationships to enhance teacher-training quality. Current demands and legislation such as No Child Left Behind underscore the need for such collaboration. With this in mind, the recipient of the Ashland, Inc. College of Education and Human Services Endowed Professorship (distinguished practitioner/lecturer) will be responsible for participating in the planning and development of programs which will afford teacher education candidates experiences in programs demonstrating current best practices at both the University and public school levels.