Every endowed professorship has tremendous potential to enhance the quality of teaching at Gettysburg. Awarded to highly deserving faculty members, who hold the professorship for a specified period, each endowment may have its own terms. Some explicitly provide for development of original teaching methods; some may fund creation of a new course or set aside funds for connecting off-campus learning opportunities to existing courses; others incorporate provisions for mentoring younger faculty members—a proven way of handing the torch of excellence across generations of Gettysburg faculty. Endowed professorships may also support research and creative activity, as well as travel to conferences. Depending on the amount of the gift, an endowed chair or professorship can provide for all of the above and more.