Penn State faculty, friends, and corporate supporters have made commitments totaling $334,000 to establish an Early Career Professorship in Comparative Literature in honor of Caroline Eckhardt, the longtime head of the department and professor of Comparative Literature and English. Faculty colleagues, administrators, and alumni also contributed an additional $30,000 to create a fund to support various programs and initiatives for the study of comparative literature, also in honor of Professor Eckhardt.
The Caroline D. Eckhardt Early Career Professorship in Comparative Literature will provide additional resources to outstanding young faculty during the early and critical years of their careers at the University. The funds will recognize their achievements and enable them to pursue further innovation in the classroom and in their research. With matching funds from the Penn State Faculty Endowment Challenge, the total endowment is worth $500,000. Both gifts were announced at the recent celebration of the department’s 25th anniversary.
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