Distinguished Professorships

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This academic title is intended to recognize a limited number of outstanding Professors for whom endowed chairs or professorships are otherwise unavailable.  For further information about these professorships, please go to Policy HR-10.


Criteria

Penn State Distinguished Professors must be current, full-time active members of the faculty holding the rank of Professor; not currently hold an endowed chair, professorship, or faculty fellowship; be acknowledged leaders in their fields of research or creative activity.

This national and international leadership would be documented by:

  1. notable contributions to research published in leading journals and/or books and creative accomplishments widely recognized for excellence;
  2. prestigious awards and citations; and
  3. a substantial record of invited lectures or performances delivered at prestigious institutions; have demonstrated significant leadership in raising the standards of the University with respect to teaching, research or creative activity, and service; and, have demonstrated excellent teaching skills and contributed significantly to the education of students who subsequently have achieved recognition of excellence in their fields.

Nomination and Selection Process

Typically the dean calls for nominations from department heads. The dean then appoints a committee of at least three named and distinguished professors to review nominees and recommend candidates to the dean. The dean will forward the dossiers of candidates recommended for Distinguished Professorships to the Office of the President.

Candidates who meet the high standards of excellence reflected in the selection criteria will be designated Distinguished Professors by the President following a recommendation by the Executive Vice President and Provost.

For further information on the nomination and selection process, please go to Policy HR-10

Current Distinguished Professors in the College of the Liberal Arts

  • D. Scott Bennett, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science
  • Christopher Castiglia, Distinguished Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Kalyan Chatterjee, Distinguished Professor of Economics and Management Science
  • James P. Dillard, Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Jonathan Eaton, Distinguished Professor of Economics
  • Roger Finke, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies
  • Cheryl J. Glenn, Distinguished Professor of English and Women's Studies
  • Melissa Hardy, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • Peter Hatemi, Distinguished Professor of Political Science
  • Eric R. Hayot, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies
  • Vijay Krishna, Distinguished Professor of Economics
  • Robert C. Marshall, Distinguished Professor of Economics
  • John D. McCarthy, Distinguished Professor of Sociology
  • George Milner, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
  • Jenae Neiderhiser, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies
  • Joan T. Richtsmeier, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
  • Anne C. Rose, Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies
  • Neil Wallace, Distinguished Professor of Economics

Former Distinguished Professors in the College of the Liberal Arts (retired or holding other titles)

  • Paul R. Amato, Arnold S. and Bette G. Hoffman Professorship in Family Sociology and Demography (2007 Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Demography)
  • Thomas O. Beebee, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature and German (2009 Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and German)
  • Karen L. Bierman, McCourtney Professor of Child Studies, and Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies (1998 Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies)
  • Alan J. Booth, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Human Development and Demography
  • Thomas D. Borkovec, 1991 Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology
  • Patrick G. Cheney, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Comparative Literature (2007 Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature)
  • Clifford Clogg, 1990 Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Statistics
  • Gary S. Cross, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Modern History
  • Frederick A. de Armas, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature (1991 Distinguished Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature)
  • Gordon F. DeJong, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Demography
  • Robert R. Edwards, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Comparative Literature (1998 Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature)
  • Glenn Firebaugh, Roy C. Buck Professorship in American Institutions (Sociology) (2005 Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • Keith Gilyard, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and African American Studies (2005 Distinguished Professor of English and African American Studies)
  • Michael L. Hecht, 2007 Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Kathryn Hume, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English (1993 Distinguished Professor of English)
  • Robert D. Hume, Evan Pugh Professor of English (1990 Distinguished Professor of English)
  • Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology (2013 Distinguished Professor of Anthropology)
  • J. Philip Jenkins, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor Emeritus of the Humanities (1998 Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and History)
  • Joseph J. Kockelmans, 1990 Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
  • Judith F. Kroll, 2007 Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Linguistics, and Women's Studies
  • Lynn S. Liben, McCourtney Professor of Child Studies and Professor of Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, and Education (1998 Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, and Education)
  • John D. Martz, 1991 Distinguished Professor of Political Science
  • Roxanne Parrott, 2009 Distinguished Professor Emerita of Communication Arts and Sciences and Health Policy and Administration
  • David A. Rosenbaum, 2000 Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology
  • Robert M. Stern, 1992 Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology
  • John J. Stuhr, 2002 Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
  • Alan Walker, Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Biology (1996 Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Biology)
  • Kenneth M. Weiss, Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology and Genetics (1994 Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Genetics)
  • James W. West, III, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English (1992 Distinguished Professor of English)
  • Linda Woodbridge, Weiss Chair in the Humanities (2002 Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s Studies)
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