Endowed professorships and chairs in The College of Human Sciences provide educational strength and prestige for its faculty. Since 1992 when John and Sue Taylor of Enid established the College's first professorship, endowed positions have enhanced the teaching and research mission of the college. By attracting the leading experts in their fields, the national and international reputation of the college has grown. Further, the ability of the College to attract and keep these faculty members provides the continuity and foundation for growth and development of programs.
The position of Regents Professor is the most prestigious position that may be attained in recognition of scholarly accomplishments by faculty on the campus of Oklahoma State University. The position recognizes the few select faculty who have made unique contributions in several areas including research, artistic performance, creativity, teaching, and extension, to note only a few. The Regents Professor must demonstrate a distinguished record of nationally recognized excellence and scholarship in his/her discipline.