Chair in Sexual Health
In 2007, the nation's first endowed Chair in Sexual Health was established at the Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) at the University of Minnesota Medical School. The Chair is recognition of the longstanding role that PHS has maintained as a leader and innovator in the academic world of sexual science, in sexual health education, and in the treatment of sexual problems.
The permanent endowment ensures that the advancement of sexual health and support for PHS will remain a priority at the University of Minnesota in perpetuity. To adequately support and grow the infrastructure of PHS, we continue to build this endowment as a foundation towards a goal of $10 million.
Endowed chairs constitute one of the most time-honored and treasured means of paying tribute to the contributions of prominent faculty and researchers. The purpose of the Chair in Sexual Health is to help attract and retain an outstanding director of PHS by providing the director with a permanent source of support for expenses related to the infrastructure of PHS.
Income from the fund is used to provide the resources necessary to ensure the program’s stability and continued status as a national and international leader in research, teaching and training, clinical services, and public policy initiatives. For example the program has been able to hire a communications officer to develop and coordinate a communication and public outreach strategy for PHS.
Eli Coleman, Ph.D., was appointed the first Chair in Sexual Health. Coleman has focused his work on strengthening the faculty and infrastructure of the program allowing it to fulfill its mission.
In addition, Coleman has worked on global sexual health issues by focusing on advancing sexual public policy based upon scientific evidence, promoting sexual rights, eliminating stigma among sexual minorities, and fostering comprehensive sexuality education and prevention. He is the author of numerous articles and books on compulsive sexual behavior, sexual offenders, sexual orientation, gender dysphoria, chemical dependency and family intimacy and on the psychological and pharmacological treatment of a variety of sexual dysfunctions and disorders. In April 2007, he was awarded the Gold Medal for his lifetime contributions to the field of sexual health by the World Association for Sexual Health.