Rochester faculty newly appointed to named professorships – University of Rochester | Candle Made Easy



July 19, 2022



Named positions celebrate the contributions of professors as researchers, scholars, and teachers.

Several faculty members at the University of Rochester have been appointed to named professorships in the first half of 2022. The named positions are an honor aimed at recognizing the national prestige of a professor’s work and are part of a long-standing tradition to recognize the work of Rochester faculty as researchers, scholars and teachers. Dates included:

Natalia Antonova

Natalia Antonova, Professor of Piano at Eastman School of Music, jointly appointed Wentworth Family Professor.

Antonova has performed in cities across Europe and Asia and has given hundreds of master classes and lectures around the world, including at the Moscow Academy of Music, Paris Conservatory, Budapest Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory and Seoul National University . She has participated in many international festivals and judged numerous competitions across the country.

The professorship was established by University Trustee Tim Wentworth and his wife Robin Wentworth, parents and supporters of the University, to recognize a dedicated member of Eastman’s piano faculty.

Danielle Benoit

Danielle Benoit, a professor of biomedical engineering, jointly appointed as William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor. Benoit retains their joint vocation as chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Benoit has been a faculty member since 2010 developing therapeutic biomaterials for tissue regeneration and targeted delivery of therapeutic drugs.

Established in 1966 by the William R. Kenan, Jr., Charitable Trust, the Kenan Professorship is awarded to a distinguished professor who is particularly effective in teaching students.

William Bridges

William Bridges, Associate Professor of Japanese at the Institute of Modern Languages ​​and Cultures, jointly appointed Arthur Satz Professor of the Humanities.

Bridge’s research focuses on the intersection of modern Japanese literature, African American literature, and comparative literature.

The professorship recognizes Arthur Satz ’51, who bequeathed the School of Arts & Sciences the largest endowment to date to support the humanities.

Peter Christensen

Peter Christensen, Professor of Art and Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies, jointly appointed Director of the Humanities Center by Ani and Mark Gabrellian.

An internationally recognized scholar of architectural history and design, Christensen specializes in modern architectural and environmental history of Europe and the Middle East.

The Directorship is appointed in recognition of the support of Life Trustee Ani Gabrellian ’84 and her husband Mark Gabrellian ’79.

Marvin Doyley

Marvin DoyleyProfessor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chair of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, jointly appointed Wilson Professor of Electronic Imaging.

Doyley’s research interests include cardiovascular imaging, breast cancer imaging, ultrasound beamforming, contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging, ultrasound elastography, magnetic resonance elastography, and pancreatic cancer imaging.

The Wilson Professorship was founded by Marie and Joseph Wilson. Joseph Wilson, former chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation, was a university graduate who served as chairman of the board of trustees from 1959-1967.

John Duggan

John Duggan, Professor of Political Science, appointed Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science.

Duggan’s research focuses on dynamic bargaining and voting models, multidimensional spatial models of political competition, informational aspects of voting and elections, and incentives in social planning problems.

The professorship was established by Don Alonzo Watson, a Rochester businessman and co-founder of Western Union’s Hiram Sibley, to recognize achievement in the study of political science and history.

David Figlio

David Figlio, He has been appointed Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the university, Gordon Fyfe Professor in the Department of Economics, and Professor of Education at the Warner School of Education.

Figlio is an internationally recognized economist and education leader whose interdisciplinary research spans educational, public and social policy, including the link between health and education. He was previously Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and Dean of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.

The professorship was named for the late Gordon Fyfe ’46, who taught business and marketing at Lehigh University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and California State University at Fullerton.

Gretchen Helmke

Gretchen Helmke, Professor of Political Science, appointed Thomas H. Jackson Distinguished University Professor.

Helmke examines political institutions, judicial policy and the rule of law, informal institutions and norms, and the erosion of democracy in Latin America and the United States. She is one of the co-founders of Bright Line Watch, a non-profit organization that brings together leading political scientists to observe democratic practices in the US from a comparative perspective.

The professorship honors Thomas Jackson, who was president of the university from 1994 to 2005.

Lisa Khan

Lisa Khan, a professor of economics, jointly appointed as Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor of Social Sciences.

Kahn’s research focuses primarily on labor economics, with interests in organizations and education.

The Board of Trustees established the professorship in honor of longtime supporter Fred Gowen ’32, who served as the university’s trustee from 1968 until his death in 1978, and his wife, Helen Gowen.

John Michael

John Michael, a professor of English who was appointed John Hall Deane Professor. Michael will retain his shared appointment as Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies.

Michael’s research interests include US and diasporic literatures and cultures, academic intellectuals and popular politics, national literatures in global contexts, translation studies, and the institutional and theoretical implications of contemporary humanities.

The professorship was established in 1880 by a gift from John Hall Deane, member of the Class of 1866 and member of the Board of Trustees from 1879 to 1923.

Joseph Nicholas

Joseph Nicholas, an associate professor of medicine who was jointly appointed William and Sheila Konar’s family professor of geriatrics, palliative medicine, and person-centered care.

Nicholas is a specialist in internal medicine and hospice and palliative care. He is an attending physician in the inpatient geriatric service at Highland Hospital Geriatrics Group.

Over the past few decades, the Konar Foundation has established several professorships, research and program funds to support literacy and urban education initiatives at the Warner School of Education, patient-centered care in geriatrics and palliative care, and Alzheimer’s research at the Medical Center.

M. Patricia Rivera

M. Patricia Rivera, a professor of medicine, appointed jointly as professor of oncology and as C. Jane Davis and C. Robert Davis Distinguished Professor in Pulmonary Medicine.

Rivera’s clinical specialties include lung cancer screening, diagnosis, staging and management of treatment complications in patients with lung cancer. Her research focuses on lung cancer screening, inequalities in the lung cancer treatment continuum, and lung diseases associated with immunotherapies.

The position was established for her and in memory of her late brother Bob Davis by the late Physician Jane Davis to recognize Paul Levy, a professor of medicine.

Sharon Willis

Sharon Willis, Professor of Art and Art History appointed as Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Fine Arts. Willis retains her shared vocation as Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies.

Willis’ research interests include film history and theory, visual and cultural studies, feminist theory, comparative literature and critical theory, and US and French cinema.

The Allen Professorship honors the memory of Fanny Knapp Allen, whose family supported the university by establishing a scholarship fund and professorship.

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