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Our professors consistently put in the work to make Pace one of New York’s most exciting universities. Here are a few recent major accomplishments from some of our faculty members.

It’s been quite a semester for our professors! Here are some notable grants and awards that are helping elevate Pace into a new era of prominence:


Professor and Chair of English Eugene Richie, PhD, and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Nigel Yarlett, PhD, have each been selected to receive the 2016–2017 Dyson Excellence in Scholarship Award for exemplary performance in research/scholarship in the area of the humanities and the arts. The award includes an honorarium of $1,500 that may be used for expenses related to their work. The formal award ceremony will be held in the fall.

Richie, who is using the grant money to translate and edit a book of short stories by Venezualan author Matilde Daviu, as well as a collection of his own poems titled View of Little Neck Bay and Other Poems, is thrilled by the opportunity. 

"I greatly appreciate the significant recognition that the Dyson Excellence in Scholarship Award has given me for my recent research and editing of John Ashbery's translations, which critics have called a milestone in modern French and American literary relations. It's truly gratifying to have my contribution to this work, as well as my other literary efforts, recognized by Pace, where I've taught since 1978," says Richie. 


Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Taxation Jessica Magaldi, JD, was selected as a faculty leader for the prestigious Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program at Project Pericles. Through her Business Law I: Civic Engagement course, Magaldi will engage students in high-impact learning strategies and gain an understanding of knowledge and skills that will help improve their communities.

“It is my hope to promote socially-responsible business practices and examine issues of justice and equity in a business context by encouraging students to integrate classroom learning and experiential learning with a community-service partner to understand the application of legal principles to real-world issues,” says Magaldi. “The opportunity to be one of 12 national Periclean Faculty Leaders is consonant with my own philosophy of offering service to my school, University, profession, and community—and to do so in a way that benefits our students by encouraging the development of these same values in them."


Distinguished Professor of English Mark Hussey , PhD, received a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, which he is using to work on his new book, Clive Bell and the Making of Modernism. The funding for this round of NEH fellowships was highly competitive, with less than 7% of all projects being funded.

“As only 7% of the 1,298 applications to NEH were successful, I was very pleased to be given this prestigious fellowship. With the addition of funding from the Presidential Award for Scholarly Leave, I have been able to take the spring 2017 semester off to continue my work on a biography of the British art critic Clive Bell,” says Hussey.