Named Professorships

The most useful tool a university has for populating classrooms, laboratories and libraries with exemplary teachers and scholars is the named professorship. Notre Dame’s successful named professorship program has been built upon the shoulders of numerous donors. Throughout this web site, we recognize both the University benefactors who have created endowed professorships and directorships, as well as the prestigious faculty who fill these critical positions.

Michael Lykoudis

The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture

The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, Michael Lykoudis has served as professor of architecture at Notre Dame since 1991. A national and international leader in linking architectural tradition and classicism to urbanism and environmental issues, Lykoudis has devoted his career to the building, study, and promotion of traditional architecture and urbanism.

In 1995, he organized the conference and exhibition entitled “The Art of Building Cities,” which took place at the Art Institute of Chicago and was the first event in the United States to link the practice of contemporary classicism with the new traditional urbanism.

Since 2003, Lykoudis has served as chairman of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize jury. The Driehaus Prize honors architectural excellence that applies the principles of traditional, classical, and sustainable architecture and urbanism in contemporary society. Lykoudis is currently working on a book, Modernity, Modernism and the Other Modern.

Contact Professor Lykoudis.
Visit his website. 
Read the Dean's Statement. 
Learn more about the Driehaus Prize.

The Rooney Deanship was created by Notre Dame parents Francis and Kathleen Rooney. Members of the School of Architecture Advisory Council since 2001, they have also established the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at Notre Dame.
 

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Felipe Fernández-Armesto

The William P. Reynolds Professor of History

An extraordinarily prolific author with broad appeal to both academic and popular audiences, Felipe Fernández-Armesto’s elegant and imaginative prose has resulted in 20 books (translated into 25 languages) that have contributed to a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the history of humankind and the planet.

In one of his most recent works, 1492 The Year the World Began, Fernández-Armesto traces key elements of the modern world back to that single, fateful year: the distribution of power and wealth, divisions among major religions and civilizations, ecological systems, and the interconnectedness of disparate economies that we now call globalization.

Fernández-Armesto spent most of his career teaching at Oxford University, from which he earned both his undergraduate and doctoral degrees. He has held visiting appointments at a number of universities and research institutions in Europe and the Americas. Among other distinctions, he has won the John Carter Brown Medal, the Caird Medal of the National Maritime Museum (UK), the Premio Nacional a Investigación of the Sociedad Geográfica Espanola, Spain's Premio Nacional de Gastronomía for his history of food, and the Tercentenary Medal of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Contact Professor Fernandez-Armesto.  
Visit his website.

Mike (’71) and Eileen (SMC ’72) Lindberg established this professorship in honor of Eileen’s father, a devout Catholic with a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. A 1948 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bill is perhaps best known as an active, early proponent of Boston’s “Big Dig” project.
 

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Ann Tenbrunsel

The Rex and Alice A. Martin Professor of Business Ethics

A behavioral ethicist, Ann Tenbrunsel’s primary areas of research are negotiations and ethics; she investigates how people negotiate, the mistakes and triumphs they make during negotiations, and the manner in which they should negotiate to obtain desired outcomes.

Tenbrunsel also examines the ethics of negotiation and decision making, particularly as they pertain to the psychological process of “ethical fading”—i.e., one’s inability to recognize or rationalize the ethical dilemmas one faces. In this line of inquiry, she looks at what influences an individual’s decision to do the “right” or “wrong” thing, including the role that organizations play in promoting unethical decisions.

As the co-director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide, she encourages others to study business ethics through research-sponsored conferences, conference scholarships, and an annual dissertation competition.

Contact Professor Tenbrunsel.  
Visit her website.  
Learn more about the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide.

The Martin Professorship was established by Notre Dame parents Rex and Alice Martin of Elkhart, Ind. The Martins both hold leadership positions at NIBCO, Inc., a leading international manufacturer of flow control products. Rex is a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council.

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Joan F. Brennecke

The Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical Engineering

Joan Brennecke, who directs the Notre Dame Energy Center, is internationally known for the development of environmentally benign solvents, specifically supercritical fluids and ionic liquids, both of which may lead to industrial applications with fewer ecologically harmful side effects. The author of numerous groundbreaking articles on these liquids, her 1999 paper in the journal Nature launched an entirely new area of molecular thermodynamics—one made up entirely of ions—to exploit ionic liquids.

In April 2010, Brennecke was honored with the Department of Energy’s prestigious E.O. Lawrence Award, conferred on scientists and engineers whose research has shown exceptional promise to advance the country’s national, economic, and energy security. Brennecke is in good company, as her fellow awardees include a disproportionately high number of Nobel Laureates and National Academy members.

In addition to the Lawrence Award, Brennecke has been recognized with nearly every major award in her field. Her scientific papers are among the most highly cited in all of chemical engineering and physical chemistry.

Contact Professor Brennecke.  
Visit her website.   
Learn more about the Notre Dame Energy Center.   

Established in 1975, by the late Bernard Crawford (’40), the Keating-Crawford Professorship is one of Notre Dame’s oldest endowed faculty positions. It was intended to honor the donor’s uncle, Bernard Keating, founder of Standard Tool & Manufacturing Co.
 

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Margaret F. Brinig

The Fritz Duda Family Professor of Law

Margaret F. Brinig, who recently published Law, Family and Community: Supporting the Covenant, is known for her empirical analysis of family law. Widely published, Brinig has worked with co-authors in law, economics, sociology, medicine, and public health.

Brinig is a member of the American Association of Law Schools, the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section and Divorce Reform Committee, and the American Law Institute. She is an officer of the American Association of Law Schools Law and Economics Section, the International Society of Family Law, and the Canadian Law and Economics Association. In addition to her role as Duda Professor, she serves as associate dean for faculty research in the Law School.

In 2009, Fr. John Jenkins, Notre Dame President, asked Brinig to co-chair the University’s Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life, an initiative intended to broaden and deepen the University’s witness to Catholic teaching on the sanctity of life.

Contact Professor Brinig.   
Visit her website.  
Learn more about the Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life.

The Duda Professorship was endowed by Notre Dame Trustee and parent Fritz L. Duda. He and his wife, Mary Lee, have established professorships in each of Notre Dame’s colleges and schools.
 

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Frank H. Collins

The George and Winifred Clark Professor of Biological Sciences

One of the faculty at the heart of Notre Dame’s world-renowned infectious disease research program is biologist Frank Collins, who was a key figure in the 2002 sequencing of the genome of Anopheles gambiae, the primary mosquito species responsible for transmitting malaria to humans.

Today, after years of directing the University’s global health center, Collins is leading two major malaria projects: the first is a contract from the National Institutes of Health to develop and manage a Web-based bioinformatics resource center, VectorBase, that provides scientists worldwide with all data related to the genomes of arthropod vectors. The second is directing the Gates Foundation-funded Malaria Transmission Consortium, a group of scientists at research institutions in the United States and abroad who are working to develop more effective ways to measure malaria transmission and better assess the efficacy of malaria control methods.

Collins is also working on a U.S. Department of Defense-funded project that is utilizing the information found in vector genomes to develop safe and effective insecticides to protect troops abroad.

Contact Professor Collins.   
Visit his website.  
Learn more about the Eck Institute for Global Health.

In 1954, George and Winifred Clark, residents of Mishawaka, Ind., established a fund at the University for the support of distinguished faculty. Over time, earnings from this fund were used to establish two Clark Professorships, one in biology and another in chemistry.
 

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