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Accolades

Distinguished professorships go to 57 faculty members 

This listing includes the recipients of prestigious appointments approved in the past year.

Spring flowers in front of the Old Well
(Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Carolina has named 57 distinguished professors over the past year. The University’s Board of Trustees approved the appointments at its meetings.

These professorships are among the highest faculty honors the University bestows. Recognized faculty have shown distinction and leadership in their field or across disciplines.

Conferral of distinguished professorships requires approval by the Faculty Council’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee and the University’s Board of Trustees.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Shorna Allred, Susan R. Wolf Distinguished Professor, effective Jan. 1
  • Ron Alterovitz, Lawrence Grossberg Distinguished Professor, effective July 1
  • Mohit Bansal, John R. and Louise S. Parker Distinguished Professor, effective July 1
  • William Barney, Stephenson Distinguished Professor, effective July 1
  • John Bruno, Chi Omega Distinguished Professor, effective July 1
  • Amanda Cobb-Greetham, John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of U.S. Southern Native Studies, effective Jan. 1
  • Kathleen DuVal, Carl W. Ernst Distinguished Professor, effective July 1
  • David Garcia, Robin March Hanes Distinguished Professor, effective July 1
  • Leslie Hicks, Chancellor’s Science Scholars Term Professor, effective July 1
  • Serenella Iovino, James Gordon Hanes Distinguished Professor, effective July 1
  • Annette Lawrence, Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Studio Art, effective Jan. 1, 2023
  • Frank Leibfarth, Royce Murray Distinguished Term Professor, effective July 1
  • Gerald Meyer, Arey Distinguished Professor, effective July 1
  • David Nicewicz, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor, effective Jan. 1
  • Graeme Robertson, Michael E. Taylor Distinguished Professor, effective July 1
  • Timothy Ryan, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor, effective July 1
  • Kumarini Silva, Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Term Professorship for Graduate Education, effective July 1
  • Jay Smith, Julia Cherry Spruill Distinguished Professor, effective July 1
  • Charles Warner, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor, effective July 1
  • Jessica Wolfe, Marcel Bataillon Term Professorship, effective July 1
  • Claudia Yaghoobi, Roshan Distinguished Professor, effective July 1

Eshelman School of Pharmacy

  • Ronny Bell, Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor, effective Jan. 2, 2023
  • Timothy Willson, Harold Kohn Professor of Open Science Drug Discovery, effective July 1, 2023

Gillings School of Global Public Health

  • Penny Gordon-Larsen, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor, effective Sept. 1, 2023
  • Stephanie Wheeler, Michael S. O’Malley Distinguished Professor, effective June 1, 2023

Hussman School of Journalism and Media

  • Steven King, E. Reese Felts Jr. Term Associate Professor, effective Oct. 1, 2023
  • Raul Reis, John Thomas Kerr Distinguished Professorship, effective Aug. 1, 2023

Kenan-Flagler Business School

  • Shimul Melwani, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar, effective Jan. 1

School of Education

  • Robert Keith Sawyer, Morgan Distinguished Term Professorship, effective Jan. 1, 2019

School of Information and Library Science

  • Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi, Frances Carroll McColl Term Associate Professor, effective Aug. 1, 2023
  • Ryan Shaw, McColl Distinguished Term Professor, effective Aug. 1, 2022

School of Law

  • Kimberly Bishop, Martha Brandis Term Professorship, effective April 1
  • Alexa Chew, George R. Ward Professorship of Law, effective April 1
  • Barbara Fedders, Reef C. Ivey II Excellence Fund Term Scholar, effective April 1
  • Deborah Gerhardt, Paul B. Eaton Distinguished Professor of Law, effective April 1
  • Donald Hornstein, Thomas F. Taft Distinguished Professor, effective April 1
  • Osamudia James, Henry Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law, effective April 1
  • Joseph Kennedy, Willie Person Mangum Distinguished Professor, effective April 1
  • Maria Savasta-Kennedy, George R. Ward Professorship of Law, effective April 1
  • Craig Smith, Martha Brandis Term Professorship, effective April 1
  • Rick Su, Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor, effective April 1
  • Mary Kathleen Thomas, Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law, effective April 1

School of Medicine

  • Adaora “Ada” Alise Adimora, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professorship, effective July 1, 2022. (Adimora died Jan. 1.)
  • Paul Armistead, John William Pope Distinguished Professor, effective April 1
  • Scott Commins, William J. Yount, M.D., Distinguished (Scholar) Professor, effective Aug. 1, 2023
  • Ian Davis, Stuart H. Gold Distinguished Professor, effective May 17
  • Caprice Greenberg, Colin G. Thomas Jr., M.D., Distinguished Professor, effective July 28, 2023
  • Joseph Hart, Norfleet-Raney Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedics, effective Sept. 29, 2023
  • Benny Joyner Jr., Charles Everett and Katherine M. Brewer Endowed Professor, effective Jan. 19
  • Rita Lahlou, Charles Bayne Wilkerson Distinguished Term Professorship, July 28, 2023
  • David Margolis, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professorship, effective July 1, 2022
  • Michael Meyers, James F. and Alice B. Newsome Distinguished Professorship in Surgery, effective May 19, 2023
  • A. Leslie Morrow, John R. Andrews Distinguished Professor, effective March 29
  • David Peden, Harry S. Andrews Distinguished Term Professor, effective April 25
  • Daniel Reuland, Robert A. Ingram Professorship, effective April 1
  • Janet Rubin, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professorship, effective July 1, 2022
  • Barbara Savoldo, Champion Mitchell Distinguished Professorship, effective Jan. 19