May 2, 2019 | By: Jenny Wells-Hosley
Lexington, Ky.

This week, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved 16 University Research Professorships for the 2019-20 academic year.

The purpose of the University Research Professorship program is to recognize and publicize research accomplishments of scholars across the full range of disciplines at UK. The award amount is $10,000 for one year, to be used to further the research, scholarship and creative endeavors of the awardee.  

“It is truly gratifying to recognize these distinguished experts who have made significant contributions in so many different fields of research at the University of Kentucky,” said Lisa Cassis, UK’s vice president for research. “The University Research Professorship Awards honor 16 members of our faculty who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship and creative work that addresses scientific, social, cultural and economic challenges in our region and around the world.”

The University Research Professors Program recognizes excellence across the full spectrum of research, scholarship and creative endeavors within each college that nominates a faculty member. College leadership developed criteria for excellence in research and scholarly activity within their area of expertise and then nominated faculty who excelled at these criteria.

The 2019-20 University Research Professors are:

  • Jason Unrine, Plant and Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment;
  • Mark Peffley, Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Susan Gardner, Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Craig Miller, Oral Health Practice, College of Dentistry;
  • Anne Filson, Architecture, College of Design;
  • Beth Rous, Educational Leadership, College of Education;
  • J. Zach Hilt, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering;
  • Hunter Stamps, Art and Visual Studies, College of Fine Arts;
  • James Ziliak, Economics, Gatton College of Business and Economics;                 
  • Phillip Gribble, Rehabilitation Science, College of Health Sciences;
  • Philip Kern, Internal Medicine, College of Medicine;
  • Donna Wilcock, Physiology, College of Medicine;           
  • Misook Chung, College of Nursing;
  • Patricia Rippetoe Freeman, Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy;
  • Svetla Slavova, Biostatistics, College of Public Health; and                                      
  • Julie Cerel, College of Social Work.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

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