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University of Kentucky Council of Endowed Professors and Chairs

Council Activities

The Council of Endowed Professors and Chairs was created to enhance academic life at the University of Kentucky.  We engage in activities that promote broader awareness of UK faculty, attract and retain outstanding students, address issues of concern to the community, and encourage extramural support for scholarship.  A brief listing of our current activities is outlined below:

First Friday receptions.  On the first Friday of each month from 4 – 6 p.m., the Council sponsors a reception for its members and their trainees.  We meet at the Boone Center to exchange ideas, learn more about campus activities, and get better acquainted.  These events also provide unique opportunities for students to talk one-on-one with senior academics in an informal setting.

Undergraduate recruiting.  The Council is passionate about recruiting the best and brightest students to UK.  Our members assist with personal letters to high-achieving candidates.  We volunteer to speak with student groups that visit campus.  Individual members also travel across the Commonwealth and neighboring states to help with UK recruiting events.   

Speakers bureau.  The Council is composed of senior faculty members who are experts in their respective fields of scholarship and are highly-experienced speakers.  Members of the Council routinely volunteer their time to address issues of interest to UK stakeholders.  Audiences range from student groups to alumni organizations, from state legislators to community agencies.  

Publication collection.  The UK faculty publishes scholarly work of the highest level in a diverse array of academic disciplines.  To promote awareness of this scholarship, the Council has partnered with the Boone Center to create a collection of books and monographs written by UK faculty members.  This collection is housed in the Boone Center library and is freely available for use by members of the university community. 

Public forums.  The Council sponsors a series of public forums that address topics of common concern on campus.  Students, staff, and faculty are invited to hear experts from the UK faculty and invited lecturers who speak authoritatively to all sides of an issue.  Attendees are encouraged to participate in the forum, posing questions and offering opinions that enliven the conversation.  Afterwards, a public reception allows speakers and attendees to continue the discussion while enjoying light refreshments.  

For more information on Council activities, please contact the secretary, Philipp J. Kraemer,