University Distinguished Professors

The designation of Distinguished Professor recognizes a faculty member who has attained the rank of professor and has clearly demonstrated "continuous, extraordinary, and widely recognized" contributions as a scholar and teacher, and service to the academic community. It requires independent recommendations from nationally and internationally known scholars in the candidate's field.

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Janetta Rebold

Janetta Rebold Benton is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, NY. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, 2012-13, and was Visiting Professor at the graduate school of Art History, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Dr. Benton presents subscription lecture series at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, NYC, and subscription seminars at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. She presented subscription lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art every season 1988-2011, and has also lectured at The Cloisters, NYC; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach; and elsewhere in America and abroad, including the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia and the Louvre, Paris, France. She is a lecturer on Smithsonian and Metropolitan Museum of Art trips throughout the world. A former resident of Paris, she taught courses in art history there as the Art Historian at the American Embassy.

The author of eight books, her latest, HANDBOOK FOR THE HUMANITES (Robert DiYanni co-author, Pearson, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2013), is published in paperback and as an E-book. ARTS AND CULTURE: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMANITIES (Robert DiYanni co-author, Pearson/Prentice Hall, two volumes and combined volume, fourth edition, 2011) is also published in Chinese (2011). MATERIALS, METHODS, AND MASTERPIECES OF MEDIEVAL ART (Praeger Series on the Middle Ages, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, 2009), is available in hardcover and as an E-book. MEDIEVAL MISCHIEF: WIT AND HUMOUR IN THE ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (The History Press, Sutton Publishing, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2004), studies an engaging aspect of medieval art. ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (Thames & Hudson, London, 2002) is published in the acclaimed World of Art series. HOLY TERRORS: GARGOYLES ON MEDIEVAL BUILDINGS (Abbeville Press, NY, 1997) is also published in French as SAINTES TERREURS: LES GARGOUILLES DANS L'ARCHITECTURE MÉDIÉVALE, 2000). Dr. Benton was the guest curator and catalog author for the 1995 exhibition MEDIEVAL MONSTERS: DRAGONS AND FANTASTIC CREATURES at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY. Her book, THE MEDIEVAL MENAGERIE: ANIMALS IN THE ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES (Abbeville Press, NY, 1992), a Book of the Month Club selection, is also published in French as BESTIAIRE MÉDIÉVAL: LES ANIMAUX  DANS  L'ART DU MOYEN AGE. Articles by Dr. Benton appear in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition catalog, SET IN STONE: THE FACE IN MEDIEVAL SCULPTURE, 2007, as well as in scholarly journals including Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale, Poitiers, 1998; Arte Medievale, Rome, 1993; Artibus et Historiae, Vienna, 1989; and Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, 1985.

Dr. Benton was educated at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, MDP diploma; earned her Ph.D. in Art History at Brown University; Master's degree in Art History at George Washington University; and Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Cornell University.

Martha Westcott Driver

Martha Westcott Driver,  an English professor known for creative ways of making the past relevant to the present, was recognized as a  Distinguished Professor of Pace University at a ceremony in New York City on October 2, 2003.  She has been a professor of English at Pace for 26 years and currently teaches on the New York City campus. An innovator at bringing the past to the present, Driver teaches the Middle Ages with technology. In her courses Beowulf to King Lear: Text, Image, Hypertext and Legends of King Arthur, she uses films, videoconferencing and discussion groups making use of the Blackboard software with students at Pace and at University College Cork (and also at Western Michigan University for several years). An accomplished scholar of the early history of the book, Driver has written more than 45 articles and essays about medieval books and manuscripts. She has been published in, among others, Gutenberg-Jahrbuch, The Yearbook of English Studies, and The Chaucer Review.  Driver's books convey the range of her teaching and scholarship. These include The Medieval Hero on Screen (2004) with Sid Ray, The Image in Print published by the British Library (2004) and the Index of Images in English Manuscripts from the time of Chaucer to Henry VIII c 1380- c 1509, Fascicle Four, with Michael Orr (2007). Further, she has edited thirteen scholarly journals including the Journal of the Early Book Society, and special issues of Film & History and Literary and Linguistic Computing (Oxford University Press).



Karla Jay

Karla Jay was named the Distinguished Professor of English in the Spring semester of 2000.  Professor Jay's courses include English and American Literature, Women's Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, and English as a Second Language.  She has written and edited numerous books such as, Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation, Dyke Life: From Growin Up to Growing Old--A Celebration of the Lesbian Experience, and Lesbian Erotics.  You will find Professor Karla Jay in the Who's Who in American Education 2004, Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in the East.  You will also find her biography in the lesbian encyclopedia: Lesbian Histories and Cultures, and her name listed as one of the 100 most influential lesbians of 2000 by Out Magazine.  She was the winner of the Lambda Awards' Best Lesbian Studies Book, 1995 for Dyke Life, and was also a finalist for the 2000 Lambda Literary Awards' Best Lesbian Biography/Autobiography, 1999.






Michael Szenberg

A student of industry studies and biographies of economists,  Michael Szenberg  is the Distinguished Professor of Economics.  Dr. Szenberg joined the Lubin School of Business in 1983.   A dedicated researcher and writer, he received the 1971 Irving Fisher Monograph Award, of which the Final Selection Board consisted of three Nobel laureates in economics.  Dr. Szenberg received the Schalkenbach Foundation Economic Research Award in 1987, and is currently Director of the Lubin School 's Center for Applied Research.  The author and editor of five books, including Eminent Economists: Their Life Philosophies (Cambridge University Press, 1993), which was translated into several languages, Dr. Szenberg has also been published in the Journal of Cultural Economics, Review of Social Economy, International Journal of Social Economics and The International Economic Journal. In addition, he has been interviewed by BBC -TV, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and several British newspapers regarding international economic matters.