Liberal Arts Professorships

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Liberal Arts Professors are appointed by the Dean to recognize outstanding scholars and teachers in the College.  Each Liberal Arts Professor receives a modest research stipend funded by the College's gift accounts.


Criteria

Liberal Arts Professors must:

  • Be current, active, tenured members of the faculty holding the rank of professor.
  • Be outstanding leaders in their fields of scholarship and creative activity, well beyond other peers at the rank, as documented by the publication record; grants, awards, and citations; national and international presentations; leadership roles in professional associations and with professional publications; and evaluations by peer reviewers.
  • Have a sustained record of excellence in teaching undergraduates and (where appropriate) graduate students, as documented by teaching evaluations, placement and publications of graduate students supervised, teaching awards, instructional innovations, and other similar indicators.
  • Be leaders in their departments, College, or university, as documented by major roles in key committees, significant participation in departmental and interdisciplinary program initiatives, active mentoring of junior faculty, and other similar indicators.
  • Not hold any other endowed, titled, or distinguished professorships or chairs within Penn State.

Nomination and Selection Process

Periodically the Dean sends out a call to Heads for nominations for Liberal Arts Professorships.  The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies then forms a small committee of named and distinguished faculty to review the nominations and make a recommendation to the Dean.

Current Liberal Arts Professors

  • Amy Allen, Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy
  • Stephen Browne, Liberal Arts Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Pamela M. Cole, Liberal Arts Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies
  • Russell W. Cooper, Liberal Arts Professor of Economics
  • Francis Dodoo, Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology and Demography
  • A. Ronald Gallant, Liberal Arts Professor of Economics
  • Patrik Guggenberger, Liberal Arts Professor of Economics
  • Kala Krishna, Liberal Arts Professor of Economics
  • Jon Nussbaum, Liberal Arts Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Human Development and Family Studies
  • James Piazza, Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science
  • Christopher Reed, Liberal Arts Professor of English, Visual Culture, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Shouyong Shi, Liberal Arts Professor of Economics
  • Denise Solomon, Liberal Arts Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Sandra Spanier, Liberal Arts Professor of English and Women's Studies
  • Darrell Steffensmeier, Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology and Criminology
  • Garrett Sullivan, Liberal Arts Professor of English
  • Jean Claude Vuillemin, Liberal Arts Professor of French
  • Adrian Wanner, Liberal Arts Professor of Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature
  • Christopher J. Zorn, Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science and Sociology

Former Liberal Arts Professors and Liberal Arts Research Professors (retired or holding other titles)

  • Robin Becker, Liberal Arts Research Professor Emerita of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Bernard W. Bell, Liberal Arts Research Professor Emeritus of English and African American Studies
  • D. Scott Bennett, Distinguished Professor of Political Science (2004 Liberal Arts Research Professor of Political Science)
  • William A. Blair, Walter L. and Helen P. Ferree Professor of American History (2010 Liberal Arts Research Professor of American History)
  • Christopher D. Castiglia, Distinguished Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (2009 Liberal Arts Research Professor of English
  • Vincent M. Colapietro, Liberal Arts Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and African American Studies
  • James P. Dillard, Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences (2010 Liberal Arts Research Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences)
  • Richard Doyle, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English (2012 Liberal Arts Research Professor of English)
  • Jonathan Eaton, Distinguished Professor of Economics (2015 Liberal Arts Research Professor of Economics)
  • Glenn Firebaugh, Roy C. Buck Professor in American Institutions (Sociology) (2004 Liberal Arts Research Professor of Sociology and Demography)
  • Cheryl J. Glenn, Distinguished Professor of English and Women's Studies (2007 Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's Studies)
  • Emily Grosholz, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, English, and African American Studies (2011 Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy, African American Studies, and English)
  • Thomas Hale, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor Emeritus of African, French, and Comparative Literature (2000 Liberal Arts Research Professor of African, French, and Comparative Literature)
  • Michael Hecht, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication Arts and Sciences and Crime, Law and Justice (2005 Liberal Arts Research Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Crime, Law and Justice)
  • J. Michael Hogan, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric (2010 Liberal Arts Research Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences)
  • Karen E. Johnson, William J.and Catherine Craig Kirby Professor in Language Learning (2007 Liberal Arts Research Professor of Applied Linguistics)
  • James S. Jordan, Liberal Arts Research Professor Emeritus of Economics
  • Laura Knoppers, Liberal Arts Research Professor Emerita of English
  • Judith Kroll, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Psychology (2004 Liberal Arts Research Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, and Women’s Studies)
  • Nancy Landale, Liberal Arts Research Professor Emerita of Sociology and Demography
  • Robert C. Marshall, Distinguished Professor of Economics (2007 Liberal Arts Research Professor of Economics)
  • Jeffrey T. Nealon, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English (2008 Liberal Arts Research Professor of English)
  • Jenae M. Neiderhiser, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies (2007 Liberal Arts Research Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies)
  • Jennifer Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of American Institutions and Sociology and Demography (2016 Liberal Arts Research Professor of Sociology and Demography)
  • Neil Wallace, Distinguished Professor of Economics (2005 Liberal Arts Research Professor of Economics)
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