Penn State names 21 new distinguished professors for 2022

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Penn State has named 21 new distinguished professors this year.

Credit: Curtis Chan

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named 21 distinguished professors for 2022.

The distinguished professor title recognizes outstanding academic contribution to the University. This special academic title is bestowed upon a limited number of outstanding professors for whom endowed chairs or professorships are otherwise unavailable.

The University's 2022 distinguished professors are:

College of Agricultural Sciences


College of Arts and Architecture


College of Earth and Mineral Sciences


College of Education


College of Health and Human Development

  • Mary Jane De Souza, professor of kinesiology and physiology
  • Douglas Teti, professor of human development and family studies
  • Krista Wilkinson, professor of communication sciences and disorders


College of Information Sciences and Technology

  • James Wang, professor of information sciences and technology


College of the Liberal Arts

  • Amy Allen, professor of philosophy and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies
  • Francis Dodoo, professor of sociology and demography and African studies
  • Denise Solomon, professor of communication arts and sciences


College of Medicine

  • Dr. Richard Mailman, professor of pharmacology


Eberly College of Science


Penn State Berks

  • Laurie Grobman, professor of English and women’s studies


Penn State Brandywine


Penn State New Kensington


Smeal College of Business

  • Dennis Gioia, professor of management