Funding for the professorships was provided by two anonymous donors who gifted shares of Curriculum Associates, an educational technology firm, to the Iowa State University Foundation for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. When the company was sold in October 2017, the proceeds from the sale were used to establish the Transforming Liberal Arts and Sciences endowment which provides student scholarships, supports high impact learning experiences and recognizes outstanding faculty.
“I’ll do my best to use the generous funds in ways that benefit our graduate program as a whole," said Kreider. "For starters, these resources will allow the department to recruit an additional Ph.D. student next year.”
“This is an incredible opportunity to support outstanding faculty that are leading researchers and educators in their fields,” said Beate Schmittmann, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “The professorships will help attract and retain top faculty who will continue to advance the mission and vision of our college to be a national and international leader in research and scholarship.”