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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Dr. Kam Chan
Professor Kam Chan is a professor of accounting at the Lubin School of Business on the Pleasantville Campus. He received his PhD with a major in accounting and a minor in finance from the University of South Carolina. He joined Pace in 1997 and has received department and school teaching awards as well as Pace's Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014. Professor Chan has published in premier research journals such as Accounting, Organizations, and Society; Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory; Journal of Accounting and Economics; Journal of Business Finance and Accounting; and Journal of International Accounting Research. His research has been abstracted, reprinted, and highly cited by others, including the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was the Ernst and Young Scholar at Pace University from 2000 to 2003 and from 2009 to 2015. Based on reports by the American Accounting Association in 2011 and 2018, he was ranked as one of the top 100 most prolific researchers in accounting information systems and as the top 23rd researcher in accounting information systems in terms of the impact of his published work.
He is passionately committed to high-quality teaching and his students’ intellectual growth. Some New York City students even choose to travel to Pleasantville in order to take his classes.
Professor Chan takes an active role in providing various services to the Pace and academic communities and has received the Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Emerald Literati Network in 2016.
Dr. Rosario (Roy) Girasa
Professor Roy Girasa has been a professor of law at the Lubin School of Business on the Pleasantville Campus since 1980. Professor Girasa holds four degrees: a BS and PhD from Fordham University, an MLA from Johns Hopkins University, and a JD from New York University School of Law.
He formerly was a practicing attorney engaged in trial work in New York City and was admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. He served as a Captain in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1962–1966 and served as counsel to Senator Olga Mendez, the first Puerto Rican woman to serve in a legislature in the US.
Professor Girasa is the author of five published texts and 130 articles. His books include the textbook and manual Cyberlaw: National and International Perspectives; Corporate Governance and the Law of Finance; Laws and Regulations in Global Financial Markets; Shadow Banking: Rise, Risks, and Rewards of Non-Banking Financial Services; and Regulation of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies (available June 2018). Professor Girasa has delivered lectures globally, including four annual conferences in Tunisia, a number of colleges in India, and at the Supreme Court of India. Professor Girasa gave MBA seminars at the University of Shanghai Finance and Economics and at four annual seminars in Stralsund, Germany.
Professor Girasa’s dedication to his students is notable, as is the range of courses he has developed and taught for both graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Legal Studies and Taxation. He has served as the pre-law advisor for the Pleasantville Campus for many years. He has been given four awards by his department for teaching, service, and publication, a 2002 recipient of the University’s Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Pro Bono Award from the Rockland County Bar Association.
Dr. Melissa Cardon
Dr. Melissa Cardon is a Professor of Management and Management Science on the Pleasantville campus. Since joining the Lubin School of Business faculty in 2005, she has brought international attention to Pace.
Dr. Cardon's scholarly work in the field of entrepreneurial emotion, cognition, and passion has received a great deal of recognition. She is a trendsetter in this field. A large percentage of her research publications have appeared in top academic journals. To date, Dr. Cardon's scholarly work has received over 3500 citations, showing her considerable impact. One of the external recommenders states unequivocally "Melissa Cardon is one of the brightest stars of her generation in the field of entrepreneurship" and another refers to her as "one of the leading voices in entrepreneurship research in the world."
Dr. Cardon's reputation in teaching and service is considerable. Her teaching evaluations are consistently outstanding, and she currently serves as the Co-Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching and Professional Development. She has actively participated in recent years on many Lubin dissertation committees as well as serving as the Director of the Business Honors Program. She has been a very valuable role model to students, and an influential mentor for faculty. Dr. Cardon serves on the Editorial Board of numerous business journals. She has made many impactful contributions to the Pace community and her own discipline. In recognition of this exemplary work, she received the 2015 Jefferson Award for outstanding service to the community.
Dr. Nigel Yarlett
Dr. Nigel Yarlett, Director (2006-present), Haskins Laboratories, and Chair (2005-2014), NYC Campus, Department of Chemistry & Physical Sciences, joined Pace in 1986 and became a tenured full professor in 1998. Dr. Yarlett is a preeminent researcher who has made significant contributions in the areas of biochemical differences in energy-generating organelles and their phylogenetic relationships and, particularly since arriving at Pace, in the search for better chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of parasitic diseases, in collaboration with Dr. Cyrus Bacchi, Professor Emeritus of Biology and the previous director of the Haskins Laboratory.
Dr. Yarlett is the main architect and Director of the MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program that took its first cohort of students in Fall 2015. He has taught many courses in both the biological and chemical science; more recently Biochemistry, Advanced Biochemistry and Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory, Forensic Biochemistry, and introduced a writing enhanced course as a component of Biochemistry. He has mentored undergraduate, and graduate student research projects and many of his students have published their research in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Yarlett’s research has been continuously funded since 1990, obtaining funding from the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the Walter Reed Army Institute, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Inc., and, most recently, from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He was awarded a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2012); Fellow of the Society of Fellows of Pace University (1996); Hutner Prize in Protozoology (1995); Kenan Teaching Award (2003); Lady Glanely Scholarship (1978). He is on the editorial board of several Journals, treasurer for the International Society for Protistology (2006-2012), and has over 100 publications in the area of protozoan biochemistry.
Mark Hussey, Professor of English on the New York City campus, is an eminent and internationally renowned Virginia Woolf scholar. Professor Hussey’s early work established Woolf as a serious thinker in a philosophical tradition, and highlighted her views on war and pacifism. His current work involves the study of modernism’s print cultures, and the digital humanities. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Professor Hussey has just completed a project working with scholars across the country creating a digital archive of Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.
Professor Hussey has brought international attention to Pace for the past thirty years through his scholarship, as well as many contributions within the Pace community. He is founder and editor of the Woolf Studies Annual, published by Pace University Press since 1991. Professor Hussey has shaped key programs for the English Department and for what has now emerged as the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. He is the recipient of a Kenan Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009), and clearly a major intellectual contributor to the academic environment at Pace.
John R. Nolon has been a tenured professor at Pace Law School for over twenty-five years. He has established an outstanding international reputation in the scholarship and practice of land use, sustainable development, and climate change. His pioneering text book entitled Land Use and Sustainable Development Law: Cases and Materials is widely used. He founded and developed the Land Use Law Center in 1993 as an innovative method of involving Pace Law Students in externships, field placement, and “client” work, while providing legal services to local governments regarding sustainable development in the Hudson Valley Region and throughout the Northeast. Since 2001, he has been Visiting Professor of Land Use Law and Policy at Yale in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he teaches land use planning and supervises Pace students who are joint degree candidates.
Professor Nolon’s scholarship has developed and popularized two emerging fields of law: Local Environmental Law and Sustainable Development Law. These fields did not exist when he was appointed professor at Pace in 1988. Today, he is recognized nationally as having developed comprehensive frameworks for these areas of legal study and practice. He has been recognized at the law school several times for his distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service. He has served as the James. D. Hopkins Professor from 2009-2011 and the Charles A. Frueauff Research Professor of Law for academic years 1992, 1998, 2000 and 2001. He received the Richard L. Ottinger Faculty Achievement Award in 1999, and the Goettel Prize for faculty scholarship in 2006
Janetta Rebold Benton
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 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.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics
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.