Faculty Excellence

Many of our professors distinguish themselves through exceptional performance in their fields. Below are just a few examples of our renowned faculty and the most recent work being done by them.

Infectious disease and defense expertise

Paul KeimPaul Keim, Regents’ Professor, is a world-renowned expert in infectious diseases. After the 2001 anthrax attacks, he was responsible for discovering the origin of the malicious spores. In 2014, the Pentagon awarded Dr. Keim a $7 million grant to study meliodosis, a disease that might be used as a biological weapon.

Award winning children’s author

Monica Brown 225x150Beloved children’s author and NAU professor Monica Brown is committed to promoting cultural studies and bilingual education. Her books, all of which are printed in both English and Spanish, have won numerous awards including the 2012 Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. NPR’s All Things Considered  recently interviewed her about her writings that feature diverse characters.

Groundbreaking muscular research 

Kiisa Nishikawa 225x150Regents’ professor Kiisa Nishikawa is working hard to completely change what we know about the science of muscles. In 2014, she was awarded a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for her research. Dr. Nishikawa is close to proving her “winding filament” hypothesis, which could have huge implications for physiology, medicine, and robotics.

Research leadership for documentary film

Darrell Kaufman 225x150Darrell Kaufman, Regents’ Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, was the Lead Research Advisor for the upcoming PBS documentary film, Taking Earth’s Temperature: Delving into Climate’s Past. The film follows scientists as they examine geological and biological data to understand the history of Earth’s climate, ultimately to uncover the cause of current climate change.

 Art education for a new generation

Pamela Stephens 225x150Art education professor Pam Stephens created a new system for elementary art education. She authored the acclaimed Dropping In On series, which features books and videos designed to teach K-3 students about artists, art styles, and artistic periods. The series was developed to get students personally engaged in works of art through relatable, modern content.

Asteroid namesake honor

Nadine Barlow 225x150Professor Nadine Barlow is one of the top Mars scholars in the world. Not only does she use real NASA data in the classroom, she also discovered an asteroid that was named after her. The asteroid, 15466 Barlow, is in orbit between Mars and Jupiter. The naming of the asteroid was to acknowledge her place as one of the world’s foremost experts on Martian impact craters.

2014 President’s award for faculty

Bruce Fox 225x150School of Forestry professor Bruce Fox won this year’s President’s Award for Faculty for his contributions to NAU’s overall mission. His research focus is on the management of Southwestern Pinon-juniper woodlands. Previously at NAU, Fox was the chair of the School of Forestry and the director of the University Honors Program.

2014 Distinguished teaching fellow

Psychology Professor Andrew Walters was appointed the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Fellow. The three-year position gives him the opportunity to develop and teach his own course to students. His primary fields of study are human sexuality, sexual marginalization in society, and developmental health.

College teachers of the year

  • Alyce Jordan
    Professor, Comparative Cultural Studies
    College of Arts and Letters
  • Andrew Walters
    Professor, Psychology
    College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Tad Theimer
    Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
    College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences
  • Todd Johnson
    Senior Lecturer, Computer Information Systems
    The W.A. Franke College of Business
  • Walter Delecki
    Clinical Professor, Educational Leadership
    College of Education
  • Susan Stutler
    Associate Professor, NAU-Yuma
    Extended Campuses
  • Jay Sutliffe
    Associate Clinical Professor, Health Sciences
    College of Health and Human Services
  • Jacob Dolence
    University College