Distinguished Faculty

SUNY Distinguished Faculty

Promotion to distinguished professor is reserved for those who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within his or her discipline. Promotion to the distinguished teaching rank recognizes the mastery of teaching at the graduate, undergraduate or professional levels. Promotion to distinguished service professor is bestowed upon those who have achieved a notable reputation for extraordinary service not only to the campus and SUNY, but to the community, state and beyond by application of intellectual skills from the individual’s scholarly and research interests.

John Chaffee, Distinguished Service Professor, History
Affiliated with: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
BA, Swarthmore College; MA, PhD, University of Chicago
Specializes in: East Asia, Chinese social history

Marilynn Desmond, Distinguished Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Affiliated with: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
BA, Sonoma State University; MA, University of Oregon; PhD, University of California at Berkeley
Specializes in: Medieval literature, classics and medieval narrative, Chaucer, feminist theory / queer theory, manuscript studies, francophone middle ages
 
F. Thomas Farrell, Distinguished Professor, Mathematical Sciences
BA, University of Notre Dame; MS, PhD, Yale University
Specializes in: Topology, differential geometry

John W. Frazier, Distinguished Service Professor, Geography
BA, MA, PhD, Kent State University
Specializes in: Applied geography, race/ethnicity studies

Ralph Garruto, SUNY Honorary Distinguished Professor, Anthropology
Affiliated with: Biomedical Anthropology Program, Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center (CSERC), Evolutionary Studies Program (EvoS), and Center for Applied Community Research and Development (CACRD)
BS, MA, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Specializes in: Biomedical anthropology and neurosciences

William H. Isbell, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
Affiliated with: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Evolutionary Studies Program
BA, California State University at San Francisco; PhD, University of Illinois
Specializes in: Anthropology and archaeology of the Americas, Andean prehistory, ancient cultures of Peru and Bolivia, Wari and the Central Andean middle horizon, complex society, social production of space, place and landscape, anthropology of built environments, religion, ritual and iconography, identity and community in the past and present, Andean culture in the past and present, cultural evolution

Subal Kumbhakar, Distinguished Professor, Economics
BA, MA, University of Calcutta; MA, PhD, University of Southern California
Specializes in: Econometrics, applied microeconometrics, measurement of efficiency and productivity

Mark F. Lenzenweger, Distinguished Professor, Psychology
BA, Cornell University; MA, PhD, Yeshiva University
Specializes in: Schizophrenia and schizotypy; longitudinal study of personality disorders; quantitative methods

Michael Little, Distinguished Professor, Anthropology
Affiliated with: Biomedical Anthropology Program, Center for Development and Behavioral Neuroscience (CDBN), Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center (CSERC), Evolutionary Studies Program
BA, MA, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Specializes in: Biological anthropology, adaptation, history, Andes, East Africa

Steven Jay Lynn, Distinguished Professor, Psychology
Affiliated with: Evolutionary Studies Program
BA, University of Michigan; PhD, Indiana University
Specializes in: Clinical applications of cognitive psychology, hypnosis, experimental psychopathology, sleep & dissociation, memory, trauma and risk prevention, and science versus pseudoscience

Randall H. McGuire, Distinguished Professor, Anthropology
Affiliated with: Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies
BA, University of Texas; MA, PhD, University of Arizona
Specializes in: Archaeology, social theory, historical archaeology, US Southwest, Northern Mexico

Sandra D. Michael, Distinguished Service Professor, Biological Sciences
Affiliated with: Biochemistry Program
BA, California State College at Sonoma; PhD, University of California at Davis
Specializes in: Genetics, endocrinology and immunology of female reproduction

Ronald N. Miles, Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Affiliated with: Materials Science and Engineering Program
BSEE, University of California at Berkeley; MSE, PhD, University of Washington
Specializes in: Mechanical vibrations, acoustics

Ralph Miller, Distinguished Professor, Psychology
Affiliated with: Center for Cognitive and Psycholinguistic Sciences (CaPS), Evolutionary Studies Program, Integrative Neuroscience Program
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MS (Physics), MS (Psychology), PhD, Rutgers University
Specializes in: Elementary information processing (animals/humans)

Isidore Okpewho, Distinguished Professor, Africana Studies
Affiliated with: Comparative Literature
BA, University of London; PhD, University of Denver; D.Lit., University of London

James M. Pitarresi, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Affiliated with: Materials Science and Engineering Program
BS, MS, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
Specializes in: Computational mechanics, vibration modeling and testing, opto-mechanical techniques, electronic packaging

Solomon Polachek, Distinguished Professor, Economics
Affiliated with: Center on Democratic Performance
AB, The George Washington University; PhD, Columbia University
Specializes in: Labor economics, human capital and income distribution, econometrics, impact of economic considerations on international relations

Anthony Preus, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Philosophy
Affiliated with: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Translation, Research and Instruction Program
BA, Luther College, Decorah Iowa; BA, MA, Oxford University; PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Specializes in: Ancient Greek philosophy, ancient biological and medical science, medical ethics, medieval philosophy

Raymond Romanczyk, Distinguished Service Professor, Psychology
Affiliated with: Center for Development and Behavioral Neuroscience (CDBN), Institute for Child Development (ICD)
BA, State University of New York at Stony Brook; MS, PhD, Rutgers University
Specializes in: Autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit and learning disabilities, applied behavior analysis, behavior therapy, technology application to human services, large scale service delivery systems

Bahgat G. Sammakia, Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Affiliated with: Materials Science and Engineering Program, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
BS, University of Alexandria; MS, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
Specializes in: Mechanical engineering

Victor Skormin, Distinguished Service Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
MSEE, Polytechnic Institute, Alma-Ata; PhD, Moscow Institute of Steels and Alloys
Specializes in: Modern control theory and applications (motion control, pointing-acquisition-tracking systems in laser communication, novel robotics-based gimbals systems, high-performance hybrid laser positioning systems); computer network/information security (biological approach to system information security, detection of self-replication in malicious codes, immunocomputing); mathematical modeling and system optimization; technical diagnostics (system diagnostics for power generators and avionics)

David Sloan-Wilson, Distinguished Professor, Biological Sciences
Affiliated with: Center for Applied Community Research and Development (CACRD), Evolutionary Studies Program, Integrative Neuroscience Program, Religious Studies
BA, University of Rochester; PhD, Michigan State University
Specializes in: Evolutionary biology

William Spanos, Distinguished Professor, English
Affiliated with: Comparative Literature
BA, Wesleyan University; MA, Columbia University; PhD, University of Wisconsin
Specializes in: Postmodernism, contemporary theory, new American studies

Linda Spear, Distinguished Professor, Psychology
Affiliated with: Center for Development and Behavioral Neuroscience (CDBN), Evolutionary Studies Program, Integrative Neuroscience Program
BS, Western Illinois University; MS, PhD, University of Florida
Specializes in: The behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology of development, with a particular emphasis on neurobehavioral function during adolescence, including acute and lasting effects of adolescent alcohol/drug use

Gale Spencer, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Nursing
Affiliated with: Evolutionary Studies Program
BSN, Hartwick College; MSN, PhD, Syracuse University
Specializes in: Domestic violence, dating violence, teen risk behaviors

K. (Hari) Srihari, Distinguished Professor, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
BS, University of Madras; PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Susan Strehle, Distinguished Service Professor, English
Affiliated with: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
BA, Stanford University; MA, PhD, University of California at Berkeley
Specializes in: American literature, contemporary fiction, women writers

John Tagg, Distinguished Professor, Art History
Affiliated with: Comparative Literature
BA, University of Nottingham, England; MA, The Royal College of Art, London
Specializes in: Histories of photography; twentieth-century American cultural history; cultural theory and criticism; the history of art history.

John Vernon, Distinguished Professor, English
Affiliated with: Creative Writing Program
BA, Boston College; MA, PhD, University of California at Davis
Specializes in: Creative writing, modern literature, literature of the American west

M. Stanley Whittingham, Distinguished Professor, Chemistry
Affiliated with: Materials Science and Engineering Program
BA, MA, DPhil, Oxford University, England
Specializes in: Preparation and chemical and physical properties of novel inorganic oxide materials

Francis Yammarino, Distinguished Professor, School of Management
Affiliated with: Center for Leadership Studies
BS, MBA, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
Specializes in: Leadership, teams, multi-level issues

Emeritus Distinguished Faculty

Bernard M. Bass, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Business Administration*
William Battin, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences
Aldo Bernardo, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Romance Languages and Comparative Literature*
Zach Bowen, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, English
Karen Bromley, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita, Graduate School of Education
Norman F. Cantor, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, History*
Mario Di Cesare, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, English and Comparative Literature
Martin C. Dillon, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Philosophy*
Thomas Dublin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, History
Melvyn Dubofsky, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, History
John Eisch, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
Steven Ferry, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Mathematical Sciences
Marilyn GaddisRose, Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, Comparative Literature
Frederick Garber, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Comparative Literature*
Kenneth Greene, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Economics
Earl Hamilton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Economics*
Peter Hilton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Mathematical Sciences*
Richard Hofferbert, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Political Science*
Michael Horowitz, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Anthropology
Bernard F. Huppé, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, English*
K. Keith Innes, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Chemistry*
Robert Isaacson, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Psychology
Kenneth Jacobs, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Cinema
Gerald Kadish, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, History
Galway George Kinnell, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, English
George Klir, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
Saul Levin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Ancient Languages
Harry Lincoln, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Music
Stephen A. Lisman, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Psychology
Wilhelm F Nicolaisen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, English and Folklore
Thomas O'Connor, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Romance Languages and Literature
Richard E. Pastore, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Psychology
Philip M. Piaker, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, School of Management*
Donald Quataert, Distinguished Professor, History*
Beverly Rainforth, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita, Graduate School of Education
G Philip Rightmire, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Anthropology
Stephen David Ross, Distinguished Professor, Philosophy
Kathryn Sklar, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, History
Norman Spear, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Psychology
George H. Stein, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, History*
Anna Tan-Wilson, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita, Biological Sciences
Richard C. Trexler, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, History*
Albert Tricomi, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, English
W. Warren Wagar, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, History*
Immanuel Wallerstein, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Edward Weisband, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Political Science
Shelemyahu Zacks, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Mathematical Sciences

*deceased

Last Updated: 9/18/14