MSU Foundation Professors
Established in 2014 through the generosity of the MSU Foundation, the university awards the title "MSU Foundation Professor" to selected current and new faculty. Award of the title is intended to assist MSU in recruitment, recognition, and retention of outstanding faculty at all academic ranks, with the primary aim of enhancing the stature of the institution in research and creative activity.
The award of the title will be made to individuals who combine externally recognized, exemplary scholarly accomplishment and/or potential, with clear professional relevance to specific areas of MSU scholarly need, disciplinary development, or research or creative emphasis. Consideration will also include the candidate's teaching innovation and excellence.
Faculty awardees retain the title of "MSU Foundation Professor" for the duration of their service at MSU. Typically, each also receives scholarly support for the first five years after their award.
- A letter of nomination from an MSU dean.
- Substantial and laudatory written assessment of the accomplishments and/or prospects of the awardee from external peer reviewers.
- Approval by the Provost and the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
Support for item #2 may include evidence such as:
- Letters of recommendation
- Referee reports from scholarly publications and grant proposals
- Published critical reviews of professional books, film, art exhibits, musical, dance or theatre performance, or other similar creative activity.
- Citations from externally awarded prizes or honorary degrees.
Upon selection, the nominating dean and awardee will be informed and an announcement will be drafted and published by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.
MSU Foundation Professors
Christoph Benning '14, College of Natural Science
Frederica Brandizzi '15, College of Natural Science
Robin Buell '14, College of Natural Science
Andrew Christlieb '14, College of Natural Science
Rachel Croson '16, College of Social Science
Marcos Dantus '16, College of Natural Science
Dean DellaPenna '14, College of Natural Science
Dimitar Deliyski '15, College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Gregg Howe '16, College of Natural Science
Xuefei Huang '17, College of Natural Science
Joey Huston '16, College of Natural Science
Ken Frank '15, College of Education
Thomas Jayne '15, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Chris Klausmeier '16, College of Natural Science
James Klausner '16, College of Engineering
Kelly Klump '14, College of Social Science
Elena Litchman '16, College of Natural Science
Richard Lucas '15, College of Social Science
Shannon Manning '15, College of Natural Science
Beronda Montgomery '16, College of Natural Science
Ioannis "John" Papapolymerou '15, College of Engineering
Barry Pittendrigh '16, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Xiaobo Tan '16, College of Engineering
Michael Thomashow '16, College of Natural Science
Alexander (Sasha) Volberg '15, College of Natural Science