The title “Regents Professor” is the highest faculty honor awarded at Arizona State University. It is conferred on ASU faculty who have made pioneering contributions in their areas of expertise, achieved a sustained level of distinction and enjoy national and international recognition for these accomplishments. Please click on the year(s) below to read about the accomplishments of these honorees.

2020–2021 Regents Professors

Ferran Garcia-Pichel

Ferran Garcia-Pichel  

School of Life Sciences

The founding director of the Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics at ASU's Biodesign Institute, Garcia-Pichel's discoveries on the roles that microbes play in the environment are considered pioneering and transdisciplinary in his field. His research provided much of the most important knowledge of microbial ecology and his discoveries are shaping our understanding of the deep history of Earth from deserts to oceans.

Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Over the past 30 years, Graham has studied how writing develops, how to teach it effectively and how writing can be used to support reading and learning. His research involves developing writers and students with special needs in both elementary and secondary schools, most particularly in urban schools. He is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association and the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities.

Devoney Looser

Devoney Looser

Department of English

Looser is an internationally recognized literary critic and historian and the author or editor of nine books on women’s writings, the history of the novel, feminist studies and aging studies. She combines rigorous research with public outreach and has had great impact on the contemporary literary and cultural studies landscape. A Guggenheim Fellow, her books have blazed new trails for public scholarship.  

Ayanna Thompson

Ayanna Thompson

Department of English

Thompson’s pioneering contributions to literary studies have challenged Shakespeare scholars in the U.S. and abroad to think about and teach about the Bard's plays with an eye on performance and race. Recognized globally for her impact on the discipline of Shakespeare studies, she has also greatly influenced institutions and elevated the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies internationally, as its director.   

2019–2020

2019–2020 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Blake AshforthDepartment of Management and Entrepreneurship
Nancy Beth GrimmSchool of Life Sciences
Joan SilkSchool of Human Evolution and Social Change
Cassia SpohnSchool of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Vijay VittalSchool of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

2018–2019

2018–2019 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Michelene T.H. ChiMary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Donald FixicoSchool of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Stewart FotheringhamSchool of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Osvaldo SalaSchool of Life Sciences; School of Sustainability

2017–2018

2017–2018 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Daniel BodanskySandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Barry BozemanSchool of Public Affairs
Thomas DishionDepartment of PsychologyD
Hava Tirosh-SamuelsonSchool of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

2016–2017

2016–2017 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Robert NemanichDepartment of Physics
Anne StoneSchool of Human Evolution and Social Change
Paul WesterhoffSchool of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

2015–2016

2015–2016 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Petra Fromme (video)School of Molecular Sciences
Robert E. Page Jr. (video)School of Life SciencesE
B L Turner II (video)School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

2014–2015

2014–2015 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Stephen Bokenkamp (video)School of International Letters and Culture
Janet Franklin (video)School of Geographical Sciences and Urban PlanningF
Edward Kavazanjian (video)School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Flavio Marsiglia (video)School of Social Work

2013–2014

2013–2014 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Barbara Ainsworth (video)School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
Aditi Chattopadhyay (video)School of Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy
James Paul Gee (video)Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeR
Bert Höelldobler (video)School of Life Sciences

2012–2013

2012–2013 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Ronald J. Adrian (video)School of Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy
Sudhir Kumar (video)School of Life Sciences; The Biodesign InstituteF
Rebecca Tsosie (video)Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; American Indian StudiesF

2011–2012

2011–2012 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Luc Anselin (video)School of Geographical Sciences and Urban PlanningF
Paul Davies (video)Department of Physics
Colleen Keller (video)Edson College of Nursing and Health InnovationE
Jerry Y. S. Lin (video)School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy
Gary Marchant (video)Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Simon Ortiz (video)Department of EnglishE
Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez (video)School of Transborder Studies

2010–2011

2010–2011 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Rachel G. Fuchs (video)School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious StudiesD
Devens Gust (video)School of Molecular SciencesE
Sally L. Kitch (video)School of Social Transformation
Ana Moore (video)School of Molecular Sciences
Thomas A. Moore (video)School of Molecular Sciences
V. Kerry Smith (video)Department of EconomicsE

2008–2009

2008–2009 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Jane Buikstra (video)School of Human Evolution and Social Change
James Elser (video)School of Life Sciences
Bruce Rittmann (video)School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Michael J. Saks (video)Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Dieter Schroder (video)School of Electrical, Computer and Energy EngineeringD

2007–2008

2007–2008 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Laurie Chassin (video)Department of Psychology
Stuart Lindsay (video)Department of Molecular Sciences; Department of Physics
James Ohlson (video)School of AccountancyF
Otto F. Sankey (video)Department of PhysicsE
Elly van Gelderen (video)Department of English

2006–2007

2006–2007 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Subhash Mahajan (video)School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and EnergyE
Richard Rogerson (video)Department of EconomicsF

2005–2006

2005–2006 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Cordelia Chávez CandelariaDepartment of EnglishE
Carlos Castillo-Chavez (video)School of Mathematical and Statistical SciencesR
Douglas C. Montgomery (video)School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
George H. Poste (video)School of Life Sciences
Edward C. Prescott (video)Department of Economics
Rogier Windhorst (video)School of Earth and Space Exploration

2004–2005

2004–2005 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Charles Arntzen (video)School of Life SciencesE
Philip Christensen (video)School of Earth and Space Exploration
Gene Glass (video)Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeE
Luis Gomez-Mejia (video)Department of Management and EntrepreneurshipE
Stephen Pyne (video)School of Life SciencesE
Irwin Sandler (video)Department of PsychologyE
Mary Lee Smith (video)Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeE

2002–2003

2002–2003 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Geoffrey A. ClarkSchool of Human Evolution and Social ChangeE
Gerald T. HeydtSchool of Electrical, Computer and Energy EngineeringE
Mark KlettSchool of Art
Jane Maienschein (video)School of Life Sciences
Sumner StarrfieldSchool of Earth and Space Exploration

2000–2001

2000–2001 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Peter Iverson (video)School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious StudiesE
David John Smith (video)Department of Physics
Kurt Weiser (video)School of Art

1998–1999

1998–1999 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Charles Austen AngellSchool of Molecular Sciences
Caio PaganoSchool of Music, Dance and Theatre
Nancy Felipe RussoDepartment of PsychologyE

1996–1997

1996–1997 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
David C. BerlinerMary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeE
John C. H. SpenceDepartment of Physics

1994–1995

1994–1995 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
William L. GrafSchool of Geographical Sciences and Urban PlanningD
Ronald GreeleySchool of Earth and Space ExplorationD
Theresa MarkowSchool of Life SciencesF
James W. MayerSchool for Engineering of Matter, Transport and EnergyD
Jeffrie G. MurphySandra Day O’Connor College of LawD
Michael O'KeeffeSchool of Molecular SciencesE
Alberto Álvaro RíosDepartment of English

1992–1993

1992–1993 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Darryl E. MetzgerSchool for Engineering of Matter, Transport and EnergyD
William T. TrotterSchool of Mathematics and StatisticsF
Christy G. Turner IISchool of Human Evolution and Social ChangeD

1991–1992

1991–1992 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Constantine A. BalanisSchool of Electrical, Computer and Energy EngineeringR
Robert B. Denhardt (video)School of Public AffairsE
Norman E. Dubie Jr.Department of EnglishE
Nancy H. EisenbergDepartment of PsychologyE
Susan W. KiefferSchool of Earth and Space ExplorationF

1990–1991

1990–19901 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
David L. AltheideSchool of Social TransformationE
David William FosterSchool of International Letters and CulturesD
David KayeSandra Day O’Connor College of LawE
Daniel M. LandersCollege of Health SolutionsE
G. Robert PettitSchool of Molecular SciencesR

1989–1990

1989–1990 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
Peter R. BuseckSchool of Earth and Space Exploration, School of Molecular Sciences
David R. HickmanSchool of Music, Dance and TheatreE
Raymond KulhavyMary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeD
Chinary UngSchool of Music, Dance and TheatreF
J. Bruce WagnerSchool of Molecular SciencesD

1988–1989

1988–1989 Regents Professors

ProfessorAcademic unit
John AlcockSchool of Life SciencesE
Robert CialdiniDepartment of PsychologyE
Jeffrey CookThe Design SchoolD
John M. CowleyDepartment of Physics, School of Earth and Space ExplorationD
Leroy EyringSchool of Molecular SciencesD
Martin T. FarrisDepartment of Supply Chain ManagementD
David K. FerrySchool of Electrical, Computer and Energy EngineeringE
Gary D. KellerSchool of International Letters and CulturesD
Sheng Hsien LinSchool of Molecular SciencesE
Lee MeyersonDepartment of PsychologyD
Warren E. MillerSchool of Politics and Global StudiesD
Carleton Bryant MooreSchool of Molecular SciencesE
Dennis James PalumboWatts College of Public Service and Community SolutionsD
Mary Beth Gorman StearnsDepartment of PhysicsD

 

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