The College of LAS has awarded more than 25 professors with named scholar positions for their contributions to education and research at the University of Illinois.
The named positions include the Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors (LEAP) Scholars, the Lynn M. Martin Professorial Scholars, the Norman P. Jones Professorial Scholars, the Helen Corley Petit Scholars, the I.C. Gunsalus Scholar, and the LAS Distinguished Professorial Scholars. The awardees are as follows:
Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors (LEAP) Scholars
The LEAP Award is granted to faculty early in their career based on scholarly productivity and contributions to the educational mission of their departments and the College of LAS. LEAP Scholars retain the title for two years and each scholar receives $5,000 in discretionary research funding for each of those two years.
Nicholas Jackson, chemistry
Felix Leditzky, mathematics
Gautham Narayan, astronomy
Yuridia Ramírez, history
Corey Van Landingham, English
Lynn M. Martin Professorial Scholars
The Lynn M. Martin Professorial Scholar honors exceptional women teachers. Selected faculty members hold the title for three years and each receive $10,000 in discretionary research funding in each of those three years.
Tamara Chaplin, history
Zoi Rapti, mathematics
Andrea Stevens, English
Norman P. Jones Professorial Scholars
The Norman P. Jones Professorial Scholar honors exceptional mid-career tenured faculty members. Recipients hold the title for three years and receive $5,000 in discretionary research funding in each of those three years.
Xin Liu, astronomy
Vesna Stojanoska, mathematics
Helen Corley Petit Scholars
The Helen Corley Petit Scholar recognizes the scholarship and teaching of early career faculty members. Recipients may use the title for one academic year and receive $10,000 to support their research and teaching.
Teri Anne Chettiar, history
William Guenthner, Earth science and environmental change
Asma Hatoum-Aslan, microbiology
Benjamin Levinstein, philosophy
Xin Li, cell and developmental biology
Avital Livny, political science
Maryam Kashani, gender and women’s studies
I.C. Gunsalus Scholar
The I.C. Gunsalus Scholar recognizes the scholarship and teaching of young faculty members in the physical and life sciences. Recipients may use the title for one academic year and receive $10,000 to support their research and teaching.
Li Qing Chen, plant biology
LAS Distinguished Professorial Scholars
The Distinguished Professorial Scholar, established in early 2020, recognizes outstanding faculty members being considered for promotion from associate to full professor. Recipients may use the title for one academic year and receive $10,000 to support their research and teaching.
Jacob Bowers, political science
Daniel Llano, molecular and integrative physiology
Justine Murison, English
Joaquín Rodríguez-López, chemistry
Yue Shen, astronomy
Carol Symes, history
Wendy Yang, plant biology and Earth science and environmental change