Four University of Vermont endowed professorships reside in the Rubenstein School.
Robert F. and Genevieve B. Patrick Endowed Chair
The Robert F. and Genevieve B. Patrick Endowed Chair in Watershed Science and Planning was established in 2000 from the estate of Genevieve Patrick and enables the university to focus expertise in an environmental sciences discipline with great relevance in Vermont and far beyond the state's borders. Dr. William Breck Bowden is the inaugural and current Patrick Chair in Watershed Science and Planning. His research program provides a holistic watershed approach to the study of ecosystem health that includes elements of water quality, hydrology, and land use planning.
Gund Professorship of Ecological Economics
The Gund Professorship of Ecological Economics was established in 2001 by Gordon and Lulie Gund and their sons, Grant and Zachary. Dr. Taylor Ricketts is the current Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and director of the The Gund Institute for Environment. The Institute is a hub for transdisciplinary environmental research at the interface of ecological, social, and economic systems and develops practical solutions to local and global environmental challenges.
Steven Rubenstein Professorship for Environment and Natural Resources
The Steven Rubenstein Professorship for Environment and Natural Resources was established in 2013 by Steve and Beverly Rubenstein to fund work on curricular transformation and transdisciplinary research that engages community partners and students. The professorship provides a rotating appointment of a current Rubenstein School faculty member with a term of up to three years. Dr. Adrian Ivakhiv (2016-2019) was the most recent Rubenstein Professor for Environment and Natural Resources following Dr. Robert Manning (2013-2016) who was the inaugural Rubenstein Professor.
David Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy
The David Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy was established in 2013 by David Blittersdorf to support a faculty position in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources that fosters collaboration with the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences to build a sustainability curriculum addressing solutions to fossil fuel resource depletion and renewable energy. Dr. Jon D. Erickson is the current Blittersdorf Professor following Dr. Jennie C. Stephens who was the inaugural Blittersdorf Professor.