Duke Awards 22 Distinguished Professorships

Appointment to a named chair recognizes excellence in research, teaching and contributions to the university community

22 faculty members named Distinguished Professors in 2021
Duke University has awarded distinguished professorships to 22 faculty members representing seven Duke colleges and schools.

Duke University has awarded distinguished professorships to 22 faculty members representing seven Duke colleges and schools.  

“Our honorees are recognized as international leaders in a diverse range of fields,” said President Vincent Price. “Their research has already had a significant impact on broader society, helping to improve lives and shape our understanding of the world.”

The honorees are the “successors of faculty leaders who helped define the university’s commitment to ethical scholarship, leadership and public service,” said Provost Sally Kornbluth, who noted that the tradition of designating distinguished professors dates back to Duke’s earliest days.

The customary University Distinguished Professors Dinner, during which new honorees are formally recognized, was postponed both this year and in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients from 2020 and 2021 will be recognized at a future dinner. (See message from President Price and Provost Kornbluth to the 2021 and 2020 new Distinguished Professors on the Distinguished Professors website.

The 2021 recipients are:

 

TRINITY COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

  • Mark Chaves, Anne Firor Scott Distinguished Professor of Sociology, effective July 1, 2021
  • Sheila Dillon, Anne Murnick Cogan Distinguished Professor of Art & Art History, effective July 1, 2021
  • Thavolia Glymph, Peabody Family Distinguished Professor of History, effective July 1, 2021
  • Sheng-Yang He, Benjamin E. Powell Distinguished Professor of Biology, effective July 1, 2021
  • Michael K. Reiter, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor, effective July 1, 2021

 

FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

  • Giuseppe Lopomo, Allan D. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, effective July 1, 2021
  • William J. Mayew, Martin L. Black Jr. Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, effective July 1, 2021

 

NICHOLAS SCHOOL OF THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Avner Vengosh, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Quality, effective July 1, 2021

 

PRATT SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

  • Stefano Curtarolo, Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. Distinguished Professor, effective February 1, 2021
  • Charles A. Gersbach, John W. Strohbehn Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, effective July 1, 2021
  • Christopher Monroe, Gilhuly Family Presidential Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, effective January 1, 2021

 

Sanford School of Public Policy

  • M. Kate Bundorf, J. Alexander McMahon Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management, effective July 1, 2021 (previously was S. Malcolm Gillis Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, January 1 – June 30, 2021)
  • Jennifer Siegel, Bruce R. Kuniholm Distinguished Professor of History and Public Policy, effective July 1, 2021

 

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

  • Catherine Bowes Rickman, George and Geneva Boguslavsky Professor of Ophthalmology, effective July 1, 2021
  • Christopher M. Counter, George Barth Geller Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, effective July 1, 2021
  • Rasheed A. Gbadegesin, Wilburt C. Davison Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, effective July 1, 2021
  • Adrian F. Hernandez, Duke Health Cardiology Distinguished Professor, effective July 1, 2021
  • Virginia Byers Kraus, Mary Bernheim Distinguished Professor, effective July 1, 2021
  • Deborah Muoio, George Barth Geller Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Disease, effective July 1, 2021
  • Fang-Fang Yin, Ph.D., Gustavo Montana Distinguished Professor of Radiation Oncology, effective July 1, 2021

 

SCHOOL OF NURSING