The William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea was created with an endowment from the William T. Evjue Foundation to recognize outstanding contributions to outreach and service, and to honor the late William T. Evjue—founder, editor and publisher of The Capital Times. The chair is designed to support the strategic initiative “Enhancing the Wisconsin Idea” and further the legacy of the century-old Wisconsin Idea, which holds that the boundaries of the university are boundaries of the state and beyond. The holder must have contributed substantially to the outreach mission of the university and demonstrated the ability to transfer knowledge and research through individual efforts or coordination of multidisciplinary activities. The candidate must also be widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, as a distinguished teacher and researcher. This professorship is open to all faculty.
Annual award allocations of $75,000 may be used for release time and support for outreach activities, including supplies, equipment, graduate project assistants, travel, and other programmatic expenses. Appointments are for five years and may be renewed once. No other professorships can be held concurrently with the Evjue Chair. Funding to support the appointment is held at the UW Foundation.
These professorships are managed by the Office of the Provost.