Our foundation is our outstanding faculty.

Excellence in teaching, research and service is the cornerstone of our efforts at the University of Kansas. Our faculty are passionate about educating the next generation of leaders and driving discoveries that change the world. Learn more about some of our exceptional faculty in their stories below.

Jay T. Johnson, Jacob Dorman, & Stephanie Fitzgerald

Triple play of prestigious fellowships
Jay T. Johnson, Jacob Dorman, & Stephanie Fitzgerald
Jay T. Johnson, Jacob Dorman, & Stephanie Fitzgerald
American Council of Learned Societies fellowships are prestigious, competitive... And funding a trio of KU faculty in 2014-15. ACLS' recognition of faculty in geography, history and American studies, and English is a significant sign of KU's rich scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan

Summing up a distinguished career
Bozenna Pasik-Duncan
Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge
Bozenna Pasik-Duncan
Bozenna Pasik-Duncan continues to accumulate honors — from teaching and mentoring students to earning acclaim from mathematics and engineering societies for her research contributions. The 2015 Chancellors Club Teaching Professor distinction symbolizes the latest achievement for a record of exceptional contributions to the classroom and campus.

Jide Wintoki

Sharing a passion for sound business judgment
Jide Wintoki, associate professor of finance
Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge
Jide Wintoki
Excellent is just one of the words 2014 Shutz Award winner Jide Wintoki’s students use to describe their classroom experiences. By integrating and applying case studies and in-class problems to illustrate his teaching, Wintoki brings the real world of finance to Summerfield Hall.

Nicole Hodges Persley

Scholar-artist brings all talents to the classroom
Nicole Hodges Persley
Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities
Nicole Hodges Persley
Imaginative, playful and intelligent presentation of course content led students to call 2015 Shutz Award winner Nicole Hodges Persley a life-changer. With research that addresses the effect of racial, ethnic and national identity on performance in theatre, television and film, Hodges Persley encourages students to be true to themselves and still deliver more than they thought possible.

Val Stella and Bala Subramaniam

Researchers join Academy of Inventors
Val Stella and Bala Subramaniam
Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World
Val Stella and Bala Subramaniam
Election as a National Academy of Inventors Fellow is a professional distinction that recognizes persons whose inventions “have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and welfare of society.” Distinguished professors Val Stella and Bala Subramaniam are among an elite group nationwide whose discoveries are improving the human condition and making the world safer.

Joe Lutkenhaus

National Academy member keeps fingers on the Z ring
Joe Lutkenhaus, University Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology
Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures
Joe Lutkenhaus
He won the 2012 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize and election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Still, Joe Lutkenhaus, one of the country’s foremost bacterial cell researchers, is pleasantly surprised when his research into FtsZ and discovery of the Z ring garners well-deserved attention.

Arienne Dwyer

Linguistic, cultural study leads to Guggenheim Fellowship
Arienne Dwyer
Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities
Arienne Dwyer
Fellowships from Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Humanities speak to the impact of Arienne Dwyer’s research on language and culture. Known for identifying Chinese Inner Asia as a language convergence area, her work bridges linguistic typology and ethnography, critical discourse analysis, indigenous advocacy and digital humanities.

Jonathan Lamb

Having an engaged experience with 16th century poets
Jonathan Lamb, assistant professor of English
Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge
Jonathan Lamb
Recognized as a leader in engaged and active learning at KU, Jonathan Lamb can add the Ned N. Fleming Trust Award to his credentials. His challenge? Get students to pay attention to 400-year-old texts and make them matter in the 21st century, one he's met with the flair of a Shakespearean actor.

Rosemary O'Leary

An individual honor for a career in collaboration
Rosemary O’Leary, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor in Public Administration
Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities
Rosemary O'Leary
Rosemary O'Leary is part of KU's top-ranked School of Public Affairs and Administration and the American Society of Public Administration's 2014 Dwight Waldo Award winner. Students benefit from her renowned research on collaborative leadership, both at KU and in careers as public servants.

Frank Zilm

An award for designing a lifetime of achievement
Frank Zilm, Chester Dean Lecturer
Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures
Frank Zilm
Frank Zilm, Chester Dean Lecturer in the department of architecture, is recipient of the American College of Healthcare Architects’ Lifetime Achievement Award, or Hamilton Medal, its highest honor. Zilm is recognized for his body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of healthcare architecture.

Tyrone Duncan

Adding to the body of knowledge
Tyrone Duncan
Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge
Tyrone Duncan
Already recognized as a leading researcher in stochastic control theory, Tyrone Duncan will use his Simon Fellowship in Mathematics to increase creative thought and productivity in his research. The award, based on the mathematician’s previous accomplishments, allows researchers concentrated time to work toward discoveries.

If you know of a faculty member who should be recognized, please let us know (facultydev@ku.edu).


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