Five Faculty Honored with Regents’ Professorships

Posted On June 13, 2017
Categories Awards, News

On May 15, the most recent group of Georgia State University’s Regents’ Professors were honored by President Mark Becker and Provost Risa Palm at Celebrating Faculty Excellence, an annual event recognizing newly named Regents’ Professors, Distinguished University Professors, faculty award recipients and faculty receiving promotion and/or tenure.

Five Georgia State University faculty members were honored with a Regents’ Professorship, the highest faculty honor in the University System of Georgia:


Richard Baskerville, J. Mack Robinson College of Business 

Dr. Baskerville is considered one of the most authoritative scholars in the areas of Information Systems security, action research, and generalizability. He has been recognized for his international standing as a pioneer in the Information Systems community and his exceptional contribution to the establishment of sound research methodologies in this field.


Paul Katz, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Katz has been described by his peers as “one of the most widely respected comparative neurobiologists today” and “a passionate, vigorous and conscientious advocate for and leader of his fields of science.” His most recent work has shown that different neural circuit connectivities give rise to very similar motor patterns and behaviors, considered “a set of findings unparalleled in the scientific literature.”


Paul Lombardo, College of Law

Dr. Lombardo is noted as “a singular scholar in American bioethics” who has displayed “fearlessness and scholarly integrity in regard to challenging prevailing public health policies.” Lombardo’s significant contributions to a comprehensive and effective mentoring program for faculty have proven invaluable in attracting top notch junior faculty to the College of Law.


Rose Sevcik, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Sevcik is a leading scholar in the field of developmental disabilities and one of the top scholars in the world developing, and testing the efficacy of, language interventions for minimally verbal children with intellectual disabilities. Her collaborative research findings have transformed treatment in clinics and schools and changed attitudes about how people with intellectual disabilities can fit in and contribute to society.


Jenny Yang, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Yang is a world-leading authority in calcium signaling and biochemistry and an internationally recognized leader and innovator in biomedical and chemical research. Her ground-breaking studies have enabled the detection of liver cancer at a size far below the current detection limit, in what has been described as “a beautiful demonstration of the power of smart design.”


Regents’ Professorships are bestowed on truly distinguished faculty of Georgia State University, whose scholarly achievements are recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and renowned. Learn more about the Regents’ Professorship.

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