Endowed Faculty Positions

​Olga J. and G. Roland Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies

The Olga J. and G. Roland Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies was established in 2007 through generous donations from the Denison family. The gift is used to support an endowed professorship in Native American Studies to enhance the capability of the Native American Studies Program at Central Michigan University. The program will bring in a noted scholar, artist or practitioner to CMU each year for an extended visit, ranging from one month to a full semester, to teach, research, lecture, serve the community and participate in other activities of the program.

The mission of the Native American Studies Program is to increase understanding of the historical experiences, cultural traditions and innovations, and political status of Indian peoples in the United States and Canada. The Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies will help build upon the relationship between the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, CMU and the Mount Pleasant community.

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E. Malcolm Field and Gary Leo Dunbar Endowed Chair of Neuroscience

The E. Malcolm Field and Gary Leo Dunbar Endowed Chair of Neuroscience was established in 2010 by E. Malcolm Field, M.D. of the Field Neurosciences Institute to honor and further the work of Gary L. Dunbar, Ph.D., '76, '77, and to recognize the progress of the CMU-FNI collaborative research efforts to find effective treatments for millions of people suffereing from devastating injuries and diseases of CNU (Central Nervous System) injuries.

The endowment will be used to support Dr. Gary Dunbar's collaborative research with FNI for the remainder of his career at CMU, at which point the endowed chair will be conferred onto another CMU neuroscientist within the Psychology Department, engaged in collaborative research with FNI and/or who has a proven commitment to research in the area of restorative neurology or functional recovery following CNS injury.

Gary Dunbar
Office: Health Professions Bldg. 2182
Phone: (989) 774-3282
E-mail: dunba1g@cmich.edu

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Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government

The Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University was established through generous gifts from Robert P. and Marjorie Griffin and numerous friends of the family. The mission of the endowment is to stimulate the political conscience of students and scholars and to help prepare principled political leaders to serve Michigan in the future.

The endowment funds the salary and associated costs of a U.S. and Michigan government expert who serves as a faculty member in CMU's Department of Political Science.  The Griffin Endowed Chair leads the university's efforts to elevate political awareness and activity among students, faculty and citizens.

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John G. Kulhavi Endowed Professorship in Neuroscience

The John G. Kulhavi Endowed Professorship in Neuroscience was established in 2004 through a generous gift from John G. Kulhavi. The gift is used to support an endowed professorship in neuroscience, which will be held by a high-profile neuroscientist who will help lead the neuroscience program and the BRAIN Center to achieve high levels of research and instructional excellence.

The Kulhavi Endowed Professorship is held by Dr. Gary Dunbar, who began his term in 2004. The professorship shall be given to a faculty member for an initial term of five years, after which a review period will determine if that occupant shall be reappointed or whether the search process should begin again. After a faculty member serves two consecutive terms, a new selection process will begin. The occupant of the chair may be considered as a candidate for one more five-year term.

Gary Dunbar
Office: Health Professions Bldg. 2182
Phone: (989) 774-3282
E-mail: dunba1g@cmich.edu

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