The Office of Faculty Affairs is pleased to announce that five Georgia State University faculty have been awarded the Distinguished University Professorship. Their five-year appointments begin in the summer of 2018. These new Distinguished University Professors are:
Institute for Biomedical Sciences
Dr. Merlin has conducted seminal research on the pathogenesis of mucosal inflammation and the formulation of treatment strategies for intestinal inflammatory diseases. His research has initiated a new area of exploration in the field of nanotechnology related to the site-specific delivery of drugs to the intestine. His track record of over 170 publications is complemented by his widely recognized commitment to mentoring and extensive professional and university service.
College of Law
Professor Wolf is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading scholar of health law, public health, and ethics. Her work has been funded by numerous federal agencies and private foundations, and her research has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, the JAMA family of publications, Science, and the American Journal of Public Health. In addition to being a dedicated and innovative teacher, she has an exceptional record of service to the university and her profession.
Department of Sociology
Dr. Wright is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar of health services and policy. Wright’s research interests include social and public policy responses to mental health and illness, substance use and addictions, sexual health, HIV/STI prevention, and health disparities. In addition to his highly regarded program of funded research, Wright has maintained a robust record of service, outstanding teaching, and dedicated administrative contributions.
Department of English
Dr. Gaillet’s research interests include how cultural, social, and economic change have impacted composition pedagogy, with a focus on 18th- and 19th-century Scottish contributions to rhetorical theory and writing instruction. Dr. Gaillet has published 8 books and taught 45 different courses during her time at Georgia State. An outstanding teacher, she has mentored dozens of doctoral students and made significant contributions in service to the university and her profession.
Dr. Shilnikov is one of the leading scientists in the field of applied dynamical systems and mathematical neuroscience. Shilnikov’s research areas include complex dynamics in phenomenological and mathematical systems, as well as biologically plausible models in the life sciences and highly detailed models in the physical sciences. Shilnikov has an exceptional record of funding in the fields of mathematics and has made important contributions in both university and professional service.
To learn more about the nomination process for this program, please visit Distinguished University Professorships.