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Distinguished Professors

Distinguished Professor Process

The title of Distinguished Professor is the highest honor Pace University bestows upon a faculty member who has a clearly established and sustained record of extensive, extraordinary contributions in scholarship/creative works, teaching and service, and making an exceptional contribution toward the continued advancement of the University.

For details of this award please review the Distinguished Professor Policy and Timeline (PDF). Nominations for the title of Distinguished Professor should be received in the Office of the Provost (via The Faculty Center before July 1, 2023. A nomination letter (at most 5 pages in length, using a letterhead, in PDF format) should be written by a department chair or designated departmental representative. Nomination letters can also come from any other Pace faculty members. Nominations received after July 1 will not be considered.

  • Dr. Theresa K. Lant

    Theresa Lant

    Theresa K. Lant is Professor of Management and Academic Director of the Arts and Entertainment Management Program at the Lubin School of Business, Pace University, joining Pace in 2009. She is Board of Directors Chairperson of Arc Stages in Pleasantville, NY, a non-profit live theater organization that provides educational programming, community theater, and professional theater. In her consulting practice, she provides team building and coaching for interdisciplinary teams in medicine and engineering.

    Dr. Lant is a graduate of the University of Michigan (AB 1981) and Stanford University (PhD 1987). She is an internationally recognized scholar whose work on learning and adaptation in teams and organizations is highly influential. Her current work focuses on interdisciplinary teams in science, engineering and medicine. She received a National Science Foundation grant in 2013 to support this research, which is also highlighted in the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report entitled Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science (2015).

    Formerly a Senior Editor at Organization Science, a top tier management journal, she now serves on the editorial review board of the Informing Science Institute Journal and is a founding member and reviewer of the International Network for the Science of Team Science (INSciTS). She has served in a variety of leadership roles in the Academy of Management and the INFORMS College on Organization Science.

    Her publications have appeared in Clinical and Translational Science, Small Group Research, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Management, Management Science, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal.

    Dr. Ellease Ebele N. Oseye

    Ebele Oseye

    Professor Ellease Ebele N. Oseye, born in Brooklyn, New York, is in her forty-ninth year of teaching at the university level, and her forty-seventh year (joining Pace in 1975) teaching at Pace University. When one of her professors at Columbia University asked if she planned to teach, her immediate response was no, but he said she had to teach at least one course, and he arranged a class for her in the Ethnic Studies Department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she taught for twenty years. He also told her to apply to Pace University when there was an opening and the rest is history. Students have many photographs of visits to museums and theaters. At Pace she was Poet in Residence for thirteen years and advisor for the Black Students Organization.

    Professor Ebele Oseye (Ellease Southerland) is the author of Let the Lion Eat Straw, voted a notable book by New York Public Libraries, A Coretta Scott King Honor, and published in Japanese. Professor Oseye is included in The Oxford Companion to African American Literature, edited by Andrews, Foster, and Harris, Contemporary Authors, Volume 107, Gale, The Heritage Series of Black Poetry, 1962-1975, Edited by Lauri Ramey.

    Her academic and professional honors include Gwendolyn Brooks Award for poetry, 1972, N.A.A.C.P.; Image Award, Pace University 2003; Member Panel of Judges for Fiction, NYS Council for the Arts, 1992; Fellow of the African Studies Institute of the University of Nigeria August 1998; Ankh Award for Scholarly Initiative, and the 14th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference.

    Past Distinguished Professors (PDF)