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"accepted a chair"....what does it mean?

Posted by Gary on January 06, 2003

In Reply to: "accepted a chair"....what does it mean? posted by ESC on January 06, 2003

: : Does it mean the person accepted a job as chairman of the board?

: Any academics here? I think it means accepting the chairmanship of a college department rather than a board.

I've recently been accused of being a professor, so I ought to answer this one. Accepting a chair is the jargon for taking a professorship. In UK universities at least professors are the top of the academic tree. The top wire-bending expert would be offered the chair and become Professor of Wire Bending.