Champion Faculty

Faculty members make the magic happen at SF State. They are the bright minds and passionate advocates who inspire students to stretch beyond what they believe possible. However, competition for the best teachers and researchers is acute. SF State vies with private industry and numerous Bay Area universities for potential faculty in fields such as business, the sciences and health care.

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Bold. Thinking. seeks to tackle this problem head-on by increasing the number of endowed faculty chairs. These positions provide sought-after funding for innovative learning approaches and research initiatives, greatly enhancing the University’s leverage in recruiting and retaining eminent faculty.

Emblematic of institutional maturity, endowed chairs — prominently named to honor generous donors — will raise the profile of SF State nationally. The investment proceeds from endowed chairs will attract stellar faculty who can offer our students novel approaches to learning and engage them in groundbreaking research. Endowed chairs, such as the first Sports Broadcasting Chair in the West proposed by SF State’s renowned Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts department, will also allow some of our most noted programs to expand into new, high-demand areas of study. Likewise, new endowed faculty chairs can help maximize the potential of other critical areas, such as the Longmore Institute on Disability, the Center for Chinese Language, the nation’s only College of Ethnic Studies and the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies — the only academic marine research site on San Francisco Bay.


Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stephen Kane

“It’s my mission to give our students access to data from cutting-edge space telescopes.

I came to SF State because I wanted to teach students and excite them about the latest exoplanet research. We’re at an extraordinary time in history—on the threshold of discovering planets that are the size of Earth. It’s a privilege to share this with SF State students and make them part of that journey.”

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stephen Kane is one of the world's most prolific planet hunters, having located more than 100 planets outside our solar system.