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Endowed Chairs and Named Professorships

Carolina Distinguished Professorships

A Carolina Distinguished Professorship is one of the highest honors USC accords any faculty member. Since it is a university-wide honor, those honored with the title Carolina Distinguished Professor are among the most outstanding scholars nationally and most are internationally known in their fields.

Criteria for Appointment

  1. Recipients must be distinguished scholars in their field. Although this criterion is highly dependent on the breadth of the area of scholarship, a nominee should generally rank among the most distinguished scholars in the field in this country and shall usually possess an international reputation.
  2. Recipients must demonstrate excellence in scholarship with a commitment to students and their intellectual development as well as established reputations as distinguished teachers.
  3. Recipients should have proven records of interest and concern with the growth and success of this (or a previous) institution and their colleagues, with particular attention to the mentoring of junior colleagues. They should demonstrate some breadth of interest in activities in other fields and departments related to their own, and in participation in University affairs generally.
  4. Normally, recipients must be tenured full professors at the University of South Carolina or eligible for initial appointment at that rank. In the former case, it is particularly important that the same high standards be adhered to for selection as in the latter. Appointment or reappointment to a Carolina Distinguished Professorship must not be made merely as a reward for long service, however devoted.


Carolina Distinguished Professors

Name College Department
Beets, Michael Public Health Exercise Science
Benitez-Nelson, Claudia Arts & Sciences School of Earth, Ocean and Environment
Benner, Ronald Arts & Sciences Biological Sciences
Berg, Christopher Music Music
Berger, Allen Moore School of Business Finance
Boutte, Gloria Education Instruction & Teacher Education
Cutter, Susan L. Arts & Sciences Geography
Dougal, Roger Engineering & Computing Electrical Engineering
Finney, Nikky Arts & Sciences English
Hunt, Robyn Arts & Sciences Theatre & Dance
Khan, M. Asif Engineering & Computing Electrical Engineering
Kostova, Tatiana Moore School of Business International Business
Miller, Allen Arts & Sciences Languages, Literatures, Cultures
Nagarkatti, Mitzi Medicine Pathology, Microbiology & Imm
Nagarkatti, Prakash S. Medicine Pathology, Microbiology & Imm
Popov, Branko N. Engineering & Computing Chemical Engineering
Price, Scott Music Music
Prinz, Ronald Arts & Sciences Psychology
Roberts, Jane Arts & Sciences Psychology
Ritter, James A. Engineering & Computing Chemical Engineering
Shields, David Arts & Sciences English
Smith, Mark M. Arts & Sciences History
Temlyakov, Vladimir Arts & Sciences Mathematics
Wang, Qian Arts & Sciences Chemistry & Biochemistry
zur Loye, Hans-Conrad Arts & Sciences Chemistry & Biochemistry

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