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
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
Beloved 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
Regents’ 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, 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
Art 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
Professor 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
School 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
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
- Jay Sutliffe
Associate Clinical Professor, Health Sciences
College of Health and Human Services
- Jacob Dolence