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.

George Catalano, Distinguished Service Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Affiliated with: Evolutionary Studies Program (EvoS)
BS, Louisiana State University; MS, PhD, University of Virginia
Specializes in: Turbulent fluid mechanics; aerodynamics; engineering education; engineering ethics
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006-2007

John William Chaffee, Distinguished Service Professor, History
Affiliated with: Center for Korean Studies (CKS); Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS); The Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas (IAAD)
BA, Swarthmore College; MA, PhD, University of Chicago
Specializes in: East Asia, Chinese social history
Awards: University Award for Excellence in International Education, 2003-2004

Zu-yan Chen, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Asian and Asian-American Studies
Affiliated with: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS); Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera; THe Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas (IAAD); Translation, Research and Instruction Program (TRIP)
BA, MA, Fudan University; PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Specializes in: Pre-modern Chinese literature; Chinese poetry and poetics; Confucianism; pedagogy
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008-2009; University Award for Excellence in International Education, 2012-2013

Marilynn Desmond, Distinguished Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Affiliated with: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS)
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
Awards: University Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring, 2002-2003

Mark Fowler, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated with: Freshman Research Immersion (FRI)
BT, Binghamton University; PhD, Penn State University
Specializes in: Digital signal processing; video compression; data compression for remote sensing; signal processing for emitter location; wavelet transform theory and applications
Awards: University's Outstanding Graduate Director Award, 2012-2013; Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006-2007

John W. Frazier, Distinguished Service Professor, Geography
BA, MA, PhD, Kent State University
Specializes in: Applied geography; race/ethnicity studies
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2009-2010

Jessica Fridrich, Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
PhD, Binghamton University
Specializes in: Steganography and steganalysis of digital images; digital forensics; signal estimation and detection; machine learning
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2006-2007; Chancellor's Outstanding Inventor, 2002

Ralph Garruto, Honorary Distinguished Professor, Anthropology
Affiliated with: Biomedical Anthropology Program; Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center (CSERC); Freshman Research Immersion Program (FRI); Evolutionary Studies Program (EvoS)
BS, MA, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Specializes in: Biomedical anthropology and neurosciences

William H. Isbell, Distinguished Professor, Anthropology
Affiliated with: Evolutionary Studies Program (EvoS)
BA, California State University at San Francisco; PhD, University of Illinois
Specializes in: Archaeology

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
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2005-2006

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

Tim K. Lowenstein, Distinguished Professor, Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies
Affiliated with: Binghamton Biofilms Research Center (BBRC); Freshman Research Immersion (FRI)
BA, Colgate University; PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Specializes in: Aqueous geochemistry; geomicrobiology; paleoclimatology; fluid inclusions
Awards: University Award for Excellence in Research, 2000-2001

Steven Jay Lynn, Distinguished Professor, Psychology
Affiliated with: Evolutionary Studies Program (EvoS)
BA, University of Michigan; PhD, Indiana University
Specializes in: Clinical applications of cognitive psychology; hypnosis; experimental psychopathology; sleep and dissociation; memory; trauma and risk prevention; science versus pseudoscience
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Exellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2002-2003

Randall McGuire, Distinguished Professor, Anthropology
Affiliated with: Fernand Braudel Center, 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
Awards: University Award for Excellence in Research, 1996-1997; Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1991-1992

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: Endocrinology, immunology and genetics of female reproduction
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2003-2004; Council/Foundation Award, 2002

Ronald Miles, Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Affiliated with: Center for Research in Advanced Sensing Technologies and Environmental Sustainability (CREATES); Institute for Materials Research (IMR); Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC); Materials Science and Engineering Program
BSEE, University of California at Berkeley; MSE, PhD, University of Washington
Specializes in: Mechanical vibrations; acoustics
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1996-1997

Ralph R. Miller, Distinguished Professor, Psychology
Affiliated with: Center for Cognitive and Psycholinguistic Sciences (CaPS); Center for Development and Behavioral Neuroscience (CDBN); Evolutionary Studies Program (EvoS); Integrative Neuroscience Program
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MS (Physics), MS (Psychology), PhD, Rutgers University
Specializes in: Elementary information processing (animals/humans)
Awards: University Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring, 2004-2005; University Award for Excellence in Research, 1996-1997

James Pitarresi, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Affiliated with: Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC)
BS, MS, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
Specializes in: Computational mechanics; vibration modeling and testing; opto-mechanical techniques; electronic packaging
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1998-1999

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
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2004-2005

Anthony Preus, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Philosophy
Affiliated with: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS); Philosophy, Politics, and Law Program (PPL); Translation, Research and Instruction Program (TRIP)
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 G. 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; professional ethics; applied behavior analysis; behavior therapy; technology application to human services; large scale service delivery systems

Bahgat Sammakia, Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Affiliated with: Binghamton Biofilms Research Center (BBRC); Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2); Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC); Materials Science and Engineering Program
BS, University of Alexandria; MS, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
Specializes in: Electronics packaging and thermal management in data centers
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2009-2010

Victor Skormin, Distinguished Service Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
MSEE, Polytechnic Institute, Alma-Ata; PhD, Moscow Institute of Steels and Alloys
Specializes in: Control theory and applications (classical control, modern control, adaptive control, system optimization, advanced process control); cyber security (computer network security, security of cyber-physical systems)
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2003-2004; Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1989-1990; University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, 1989-1990

Linda P. Spear, Distinguished Professor, Psychology
Affiliated with: Center for Affective Science (CAS); Center for Development and Behavioral Neuroscience (CDBN), Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center (DEARC); Evolutionary Studies Program (EvoS); 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
Awards: Chancellor's Research Recognition Award, 2002; University Award for Excellence in Research, 1998-1999

Gale A. Spencer, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Nursing
Affiliated with: Evolutionary Studies Program (EvoS)
BSN, Hartwick College; MSN, PhD, Syracuse University
Specializes in: Domestic violence; dating violence; teen risk behaviors
Awards: University Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring, 2003-2004; Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1994-1995

Krishnaswami (Hari) Srihari, Distinguished Professor, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
Affiliated with: Center for Healthcare Systems Engineering (CHSE); Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC); Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE)
BS, University of Madras; MS, PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2001-2002; University Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring, 2001-2002; University Award for Excellence in International Education, 2013-2014

Susan Strehle, Distinguished Service Professor, English, General Literature and Rhetoric 
Affiliated with: Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender (CHSWG); Center for Writers (CW); Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
BA, Stanford University; MA, PhD, University of California at Berkeley
Specializes in: American literature; contemporary fiction; women writers
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2004-2005; Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1977-1978

John Tagg, Distinguished Professor, Art History
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; history and theory of art history
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2001-2002

Elizabeth Tucker, Distinguished Service Professor, English, General Literature and Rhetoric
Affiliated with: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS); Center for Writers(CW)
BA, Mount Holyoke College; MA, State University of New York at Buffalo; PhD, Indiana University
Specializes in: Folklore; children's studies; fantasy
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2008-2009; Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1992-1993

John Vernon, Distinguished Professor, English, General Literature and Rhetoric 
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
Awards: University Award for Excellence in Research, 1993-1994

M. Stanley Whittingham, Distinguished Professor, Chemistry
Affiliated with: Freshman Research Immersion (FRI); Institute for Materials Research (IMR); Materials Science and Engineering Program; NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES)
BA, MA, DPhil, Oxford University, England
Specializes in: Preparation and chemical and physical properties of novel inorganic oxide materials
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2006-2007

David Sloan Wilson, Distinguished Professor, Biological Sciences
Affiliated with: Evolutionary Studies Program (EvoS); Integrative Neuroscience Program; Religious Studies
BA, University of Rochester; PhD, Michigan State University
Specializes in: Evolutionary and theoretical ecology; evolution of ecological communities; human evolutionary biology
Awards: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2002-2003

Francis J. Yammarino, Distinguished Professor, School of Management
Affiliated with: Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo); Center for Leadership Studies (CLS)
BS, MBA, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
Specializes in: Leadership; teams; multi-level issues
Awards: University Award for Excellence in Research, 2000-2001

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*
Zack 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 J. Eisch, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
Thomas Farrell, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Mathematical Sciences
Steven Ferry, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Mathematical Sciences
Marilyn Gaddis Rose, 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 M. 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 E. 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
Isidore Okpewho, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Africana Studies
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 Kish Sklar, Distinguished Professor Emerita, History
William V. Spanos, Distinguished Professor, English, General Literature and Rhetoric
Norman E. 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: 6/14/16