Endowed Chairs

Endowed chairs enlarge the faculty and populate Fordham University with top academic talent, enabling us to attract distinguished scholars who are dedicated to teaching. Additionally, these endowed positions also allow faculty members to pay closer attention to each student's development, which is vital to our student-centered mission.

James R. Dumpson, Chair in Child Welfare Studies

Fordham University created the James R. Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare Studies in 1980 to honor the lifetime commitment of James Dumpson to children of our cities by utilizing the full resources of the University and its educational and research resources as a means to improve the quality of life for vulnerable children, especially those in New York City.

Nicholas J. Langenfeld, Chair in Social Research

The Nicholas J. Langenfeld Chair in Social Research was established at the Graduate School of Social Service of Fordham University in 1983. The chair was established in recognition of Father Langenfeld's contributions to social research and to assure that the Graduate School of Social Service will continue to support excellence in urban social research. A faculty member in the Graduate School of Social Service for more than thirty years, Fr. Langenfeld, PhD, devoted his career to the study of the conditions of children and families, social development, and international social work. He was interested in developing a knowledge base that would help professionals understand the forces that shape social and human behavior and would contribute to the formulation of responsive and effective social policies.

Mary Ann Quaranta, Chair for Social Justice for Children

The purpose of the Quaranta chair is to increase and enhance opportunities for children who are deprived of the basic elements of healthy development and well-being. The core functions of this chair will be realized through research, information dissemination and advocacy in child welfare. The chair’s primary goal is to be a focus of change for a fragmented system of child and family services with the expectation that these changes will influence the development of healthy children, families and urban communities.

Henry C. Ravazzin, Chair in Gerontology

The Henry C. Ravazzin Chair in Gerontology was established in 2002 through the Henry C. Ravazzin Fund, which also founded the Ravazzin Center on Aging in 1995. This chair recognizes the long-term commitment of Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) to understand and strengthen the social work role in meeting the needs of older adults and their families.