The Distinguished Teaching Chair Program
The core business of San Juan
College is to ensure that high quality
learning is taking place. This
program provides incentives and
rewards to talented and dedicated
individuals whose life work is
teaching. This gift is a way to
enhance the College’s ability to hire
and retain the very best faculty who
will help us provide energizing and
effective learning experiences for
our students – a living gift to the
future of our community.
– Gayle Dean,
Executive Director, San Juan College Foundation
The Distinguished Teaching Chair was established by the San Juan
College Foundation to:
- Recognize excellence in teaching
- Remain competitive in
recruiting qualified faculty
- Retain and reward quality teachers
This program is made possible by the generosity of our donors.
Since 2001, four chairs have been funded to help the College
recruit and retain highly qualified faculty. Each fully funded teaching
chair requires an endowmentof $250,000.
Faculty are always encouraged to be innovative, but the Chair
program rewards themfor putting in extra effort. Past projects have
included developing a weekend and evening nursing program,
launching an international study/exchange/travel program
(global service learning), establishing a pre-college summer
institute for students with learning disabilities, strengthening
ties with part-time instructors through monthly programs and
seminars, and developing a Four Corners Creative Writing
Project and writers workshop
How does it work?
Chairs can be created by individual donors or by combining gifts to
support chairs in specific fields of study or departments. Each chair will be
named to honor the donor or his or her designee in a specific discipline.
Faculty will be awarded chairs according to selection criteria
recommended by a College-wide committee.
Earnings from the endowment will be used to supplement faculty
compensation. This incentive program is specifically designed to attract
and keep the best and brightest faculty at our College.
Each endowment of $250,000 will fund a salary stipend for an outstanding
faculty member. The stipend includes a personal award as well as monies
earmarked for their project.
The following chairs have been funded or commitments made:
- Chair in Nursing, funded by Thomas A. Dugan, Sherman and Sally Dugan
in memory of Mary Dugan
- Chair in General Studies, funded by
- Chair in Literacy, funded by Citizens Bank
- Chair in Native American studies funded by BHP Billiton in honor of its
Native American employees