56 Honored with Distinguished Professorships

The University has bestowed distinguished professorships to 56 faculty members since fall 2023.

Among the highest honors the University gives, distinguished professorships recognize faculty who have achieved distinction in their field or across disciplines. They require approval by the Faculty Council’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee and the University’s Board of Trustees.

Recipients of a distinguished professorship receive a salary increase and a research stipend.

The current recipients are:

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Shorna Allred, Susan R. Wolf Distinguished Professor, geography and environment
  • Ron Alterovitz, Lawrence Grossberg Distinguished Professor, computer science
  • Mohit Bansal, John R. and Louise S. Parker Distinguished Professor, computer science
  • William Barney, Stephenson Distinguished Professor, history
  • John Bruno, Chi Omega Distinguished Professor, biology
  • Amanda Cobb-Greetham, John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of U.S. Southern Native Studies, American studies
  • Kathleen DuVal, Carl W. Ernst Distinguished Professor, history
  • David Garcia, Robin March Hanes Distinguished Professor, music
  • Leslie Hicks, Chancellor’s Science Scholars Term Professor, chemistry
  • Serenella Iovino, James Gordon Hanes Distinguished Professor, romance studies
  • Annette Lawrence, Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Studio Art, art
  • Frank Leibfarth, Royce Murray Distinguished Term Professor, chemistry
  • Gerald Meyer, Arey Distinguished Professor, chemistry
  • David Nicewicz ’06 (PhD), William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor, chemistry
  • Graeme Robertson, Michael E. Taylor Distinguished Professor, political science
  • Timothy Ryan, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor, political science
  • Kumarini Silva, Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Term Professorship for Graduate Education, communication
  • Jay Smith, Julia Cherry Spruill Distinguished Professor, history
  • Charles Warner, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor, English and comparative literature
  • Jessica Wolfe, Marcel Bataillon Term Professorship, English and comparative literature
  • Claudia Yaghoobi, Roshan Distinguished Professor, Asian and Middle Eastern studies

Eshelman School of Pharmacy

  • Ronny Bell ’85, Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor
  • Timothy Willson, Harold Kohn Professor of Open Science Drug Discovery

Gillings School of Global Public Health

  • Penny Gordon-Larsen, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor

Hussman School of Journalism and Media

  • Steven King, E. Reese Felts Jr. Term Associate Professor
  • Raul Reis, John Thomas Kerr Distinguished Professorship

Kenan-Flagler Business School

  • Shimul Melwani, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar

School of Education

  • Robert Keith Sawyer, Morgan Distinguished Term Professorship

School of Information and Library Science

  • Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi, Frances Carroll McColl Term Associate Professor
  • Ryan Shaw, McColl Distinguished Term Professor

School of Law

  • Kimberly Bishop ’04 (JD), Martha Brandis Term Professorship
  • Alexa Chew, George R. Ward Professorship of Law
  • Barbara Fedders, Reef C. Ivey II Excellence Fund Term Scholar
  • Deborah Gerhardt, Paul B. Eaton Distinguished Professor of Law
  • Donald Hornstein, Thomas F. Taft Distinguished Professor
  • Osamudia James, Henry Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law
  • Joseph Kennedy, Willie Person Mangum Distinguished Professor
  • Maria Savasta-Kennedy, George R. Ward Professorship of Law
  • Craig Smith, Martha Brandis Term Professorship
  • Rick Su, Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor
  • Mary Kathleen Thomas, Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law

School of Medicine

  • Adaora “Ada” Alise Adimora ’93 (MPH), Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professorship
  • Paul Armistead ’95 (’00 PhD, ’02 MD), John William Pope Distinguished Professor
  • Scott Commins, William J. Yount, M.D., Distinguished (Scholar) Professor
  • Ian Davis, Stuart H. Gold Distinguished Professor
  • Caprice Greenberg, Colin G. Thomas Jr., M.D., Distinguished Professor
  • Joseph Hart, Norfleet-Raney Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedics
  • Benny Joyner Jr. ’93 (’02 MPH, MD), Charles Everett and Katherine M. Brewer Endowed Professor
  • Rita Lahlou ’11 (MPH, ’12 MD), Charles Bayne Wilkerson Distinguished Term Professorship
  • David Margolis, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professorship
  • Michael Meyers, James F. and Alice B. Newsome Distinguished Professorship in Surgery
  • Leslie Morrow, John R. Andrews Distinguished Professor
  • David Peden, Harry S. Andrews Distinguished Term Professor
  • Daniel Reuland ’08 (MPH), Robert A. Ingram Professorship
  • Janet Rubin, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professorship
  • Barbara Savoldo, Champion Mitchell Distinguished Professorship
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