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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 about how to nominate a colleague for this award please review the Distinguished Professor Policy (PDF) - updated August 2021. Self-nominations are not accepted.

To support the Distinguished Professor Advisory committee’s review, please use the CV Template provided in Policies and Forms.

Nomination Process: Nominations for the title of Distinguished Professor should submitted by June 1 to Nominations received after June 1 will not be considered. A nomination letter (at most five pages in length) must be written and submitted by a department chair, school dean, other Pace faculty members, or designated representative following consultation with or initiation of the matter by the department faculty.

  • Distinguished Professor Review Timeline for 2021-2022 (PDF)


    June 1 Nominations Deadline: Nominations for the title of Distinguished Professor should be received by June 1 of each academic year. Nominations should be sent to and must include the initial nomination letter. Nominations received after June 1 will not be considered. Self-nominations will not be accepted.


    Notification is sent to nominated candidates.

    Distinguished Professor committee members are chosen by the Provost’s Office and Calendar invites to Distinguished Professor committee of deliberations meeting date are sent.

    By August 31: The Candidate notifies The Faculty Center ( if they wish to pursue application for Distinguished Professor.


    By October 1: The Candidate submits the names, contact information and qualifications of 5-10 external evaluators who can provide analysis of the nominee’s accomplishments and goals for the Distinguished Professor term to Dean or designee. Evaluators are identified and chosen by the nominee in collaboration with the Dean. Letters from external evaluators are confidential and solicited by the Dean’s office. These letters are due December 1.


    By December 15: On behalf of the candidates, Deans (or designee) submit candidates’ full dossiers to Nominees must work with their school dean (or designee) to develop the required dossier materials. The below requirements are gathered/developed by the candidate:

    • A comprehensive curriculum vitae of the nominee formatted according to a Pace University standardized template (found on the Provost website, Policies and Forms), describing all pertinent research, teaching, and service activities;
    • A 3-page statement prepared by the nominee that speaks to the award criteria provided in the “Criteria for Nomination” section of this policy document;
    • Submission of at least 3 but no more than 5 select publications/creative works as supporting evidence for the award criteria;
    • A 3-5 page statement of the nominee’s goals or work plan for their five-year Distinguished Professor term;
    • 2-4 letters of support from Pace faculty. These letters are solicited by the nominee in collaboration with the Dean;
    • Summary of student course evaluations.

    The below requirements are gathered by the School Dean (or designee):

    • The Nomination letter;
    • Dean recommendation letter;
    • 5 letters of evaluation from external colleagues who are experts in the nominee’s disciplinary area and can evaluate scholarly impact. These letters are solicited by the Dean’s office. Names of evaluators are chosen by the nominee in collaboration with the Dean.

    By December 23: Distinguished Professor cases are created in Interfolio.


    By January 6: Distinguished Professor committee and Provost’s Office receive access to the Distinguished Professor cases in Interfolio.

    Last Wednesday in January Annually: Distinguished Professors Committee Deliberations meeting (90 min).


    By February 28: Evaluations, using the appropriate form, from the Distinguished Professor committee are due to the Associate Provost of Academic Affairs.


    By March 15: Recommendation letter from Associate Provost of Academic Affairs is due.


    May: After Board of Trustees meeting, Candidate receives notification of the award from the President of Pace University.

  • The following formatting guidelines apply to the following documents in your application: Criteria for Nomination 3-page statement; Workplan 3-5 page statement; Summary of student course evaluations; Nomination letter; and Dean recommendation letter.

    • Heading on each page: Last name, First initial top right corner
    • Font size: 11 PT
    • Spacing: 1.5 lines
    • Page margins: 1 inch all around
  • 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)