Reception Honors Distinguished Faculty

Posted: August 30, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: August 30, 2010 at 8:01 am

By Robin Herron

Gary Kreps receives congratulations from Provost Peter Stearns on becoming a University Professor. Kreps is also the Eileen and Steve Mandell Term Professor of Health Communication. Photo by Evan Cantwell

President Alan Merten and Provost Peters Stearns honored the university’s most distinguished faculty — endowed chairs, Clarence J. Robinson Professors, Distinguished Service Professors and University Professors — at a reception held in the Mason Hall Alumni Atrium on Thursday, Aug. 26.

“We appreciate, as a community, what you do for George Mason University,” Merten told the honorees. “And we thank you for making us what we are.”

Dean Vikas Chandhoke, College of Science, and Dean Jack Censer, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, introduced members new to the rank of University Professor. They are Gary Kreps, Thomas E. Lovejoy, Edward Maibach, Emanuel Petricoin and Thomas Stratmann. Also new to this year’s list of endowed chairs is Marion Deshmukh, Robert T. Hawkes Professor of History.

The list of honorees follows.


Edward Maibach is congratulated by Dean Jack Censer on his promotion to University Professor. Photo by Evan Cantwell

Bartoli, Andrea, French Cumbie Chair of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Behrmann, Michael, Helen A. Kellar Professor of Special Education

Bennett, James T., William P. Snavely Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy

Buckley, Francis H., Mason Foundation Professor of Law

Cheldelin, Sandra, Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Professor of Conflict Resolution

Cook, Gerald, Earle C. Williams Professor of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Cowen, Tyler, Holbert L. Harris Chair in Economics

Deshmukh, Marion F., Robert T. Hawkes Professor of History

Dutta, Amitava, LeRoy Eakin Sr. Professor of E-Commerce

Ferri, Michael G., Mason Foundation Professor of Finance

Carol Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History, and Edward Sibley, University Professor, chat at the reception. Photo by Evan Cantwell

Fuller, Stephen F., Dwight C. Schar Faculty Chair in Public Policy and University Professor

Goldstone, Jack A., Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Jr. Endowed Chair

Goodings, Deborah, Sidney O. Dewberry Endowed Chair for Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering

Gopin, Marc, James H. Laue Chair in World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

Haynes, Kingsley E., Ruth D. Hazel and John T. Hazel, M.D., Faculty Chair in Public Policy

Jajodia, Sushil, BDM International Professor of Information Technology and University Professor

Kreps, Gary, Eileen and Steve Mandell Term Professor of Health Communication

Layendecker, Dennis, Heritage Chair in Music, Conductor, University Orchestras

Lund, Nelson R., Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment

Mattusch, Carol C., Mathy Professor of Art History

Muris, Timothy J., Mason Foundation Professor of Law

Pankey, Eric, Heritage Chair in Writing

Polsby, Daniel, Mason Foundation Professor of Law

Reeder, William, Heritage Chair in Arts and Cultural Criticism

Ritchie, Dennis J., Elisabeth Shirley Enochs Chair in Child Welfare

Rowley, Charles K., Duncan Black Professor of Economics

Sage, Andrew P., First American Bank of Virginia Professor of Information Technology and University Professor

Stough, Roger R., Northern Virginia Chair in Local Government/Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Wagner, Richard E., Holbert L. Harris Chair in Economics

Wegman, Edward J., Bernard J. Dunn Professor of Information Technology and Applied Statistics

Williams, Walter E., John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics


Thanks to the vision and generosity of the late Clarence J. Robinson, Mason undergraduates have the opportunity to learn from faculty members recruited to Mason from senior positions at prestigious institutions. The mission of the Clarence J. Robinson Professors is to enrich the academic experiences of undergraduate students. At the same time, the professors continue their scholarly pursuits on broad and fundamental intellectual issues.

Bakhash, Shaul, History

Crew, Spencer, American, African American, and Public History

D’Andrea, Paul, Theater and English

Hazen, Robert, Earth Sciences

Heclo, Hugh, Public Affairs

Hinton, Carma, Visual Culture and Chinese Studies

Morowitz, Harold, Biology and Natural Philosophy

Paden, John, International Affairs and Public Policy

Trefil, James, Physics


According to the Faculty Handbook, University Professors are “men and women of unusually great stature and eminence from the world of national and international achievement.” They are appointed by the president and the Board of Visitors with the advice and consent of an ad hoc faculty committee. Although they are appointed as at-large members of the general faculty, they may also be invited to accept primary affiliation in one or more departments, colleges, schools or institutes.

Acs, Zoltan, Public Policy

Ascoli, Giorgio, Molecular Neuroscience

Boehm-Davis, Deborah, Psychology

Boettke, Peter, Economics

Button, Kenneth, Public Policy

Cheuse, Alan, English

Conlan, Timothy, Public and International Affairs

De Jong, Kenneth, Computer Science

Denham, Susanne, Psychology

Foster, John, English

Gerber, Naomi L., Health and Human Services

Kreps, Gary, Communication

Levis, Alexander H., Electrical and Computer Engineering

Liotta, Lance, Molecular and Microbiology

Lovejoy, Thomas E., Public and International Affairs; Environmental Science and Policy

Maddux, James, Psychology

Maibach, Edward, Communication

Maiello, Anthony, Music

Mastrofski, Stephen, Criminology, Law and Society

Mastropieri, Margo, Education and Human Development

Miller, Patricia, Music

Olds, James L., Computational Neuroscience

Parasuraman, Raja, Psychology

Petricoin, Emanuel, Molecular and Microbiology

Pfiffner, James, Public Policy

Rubenstein, Richard, Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Scruggs, Thomas, Education and Human Development

Sherwin, Martin, History and Art History

Shukla, Jagadish, Climate Dynamics

Sibley, Edgar, Information Systems and Systems Engineering; School of Public Policy

Soyfer, Valery N., Molecular and Microbiology

Stratmann, Thomas, Economics

Tangney, June, Psychology

Taxman, Faye, Criminology, Law and Society

Tetrick, Lois, Psychology

Tolchin, Susan, Public Policy

Wade, Rex, History and Art History

Weisburd, David Lee (Distinguished Professor), Criminology, Law and Society

Winkler, Martin, Modern and Classical Languages


Distinguished Service Professorships are bestowed on faculty members whose scholarly and/or service contributions win international distinction.

Kelley, Michael R., School of Public Policy

Malawer, Stuart, School of Public Policy

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