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 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.

2015 Distinguished teaching fellows

Civil engineering, construction management, and environmental engineering Associate Professor John Tingerthal and School of Art Professor Pamela Stephens were named 2015 Distinguished Teaching Fellows.

College teachers of the year

  • Robert Neustadt
    Global Languages and Cultures
    College of Arts and Letters
  • T. Mark Montoya
    Ethnic Studies
    College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Richard Coast
    Biological Sciences
    College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences
  • Yan (Mandy) Dang
    Computer Information Systems
    The W.A. Franke College of Business
  • Claire Schonaerts
    Teaching and Learning
    College of Education
  • Emily Babcock
    Physician Assistant Studies
    College of Health and Human Services
  • Kaitlin Hublitz
    Academic Transition Programs
    University College
  • Jason Myrowitz
    NAU - Yuma