New Distinguished Professors - June 17, 2011

From: Joe King, Acting Chancellor
To: All Students, Faculty and Staff
Date: June 17, 2011
Re: New Distinguished Professors

I am pleased to announce that the University of New Orleans has appointed three new distinguished professors, an honor held by only two other current faculty members at the University. Please join me in congratulating Olunaniyi Osundare, research professor of English and endowed professor of Africana studies; Paul Frick, university research professor of psychology; and Mark Trudell, chancellor’s research professor of chemistry.

A search committee of representatives from each college reviewed the credentials and requested outside evaluations of nine faculty members who were nominated by their deans. The LSU Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents approved the selections of these distinguished professors. These three professionals join Ed Stevens, distinguished professor of chemistry; and Rasheed Azzam, distinguished professor of electrical engineering, as the distinguished professors at UNO.

Olunaniyi Osundare, research professor of English and endowed professor of Africana studies, has published 12 books and hundreds of poems in journals and anthologies. He has been described as one of the best known voices of the new generation of African writers, and has been the recipient of several international awards. He is a sought-after teacher and mentor of students at all levels and received his department’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Our University and Department of English are fortunate to have Dr. Osundare among our faculty and think that it is a fitting tribute for him to be recognized as a distinguished professor.

Paul Frick, university research professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology, has distinguished himself as a creative and active scholar at the University of New Orleans. He has amassed a remarkable publication record in high quality journals that are frequently cited by others in his profession. He is president of a prestigious international society in his field and has received numerous honors and recognition. He has overseen many graduate dissertations and is actively engaged with students at the graduate level. He is a significant scholar in his field and is internationally known for his work on disruptive behavior disorders.

Mark Trudell, chancellor’s research professor of chemistry, is internationally recognized for his research in the area of medicinal chemistry. He has held two NIH RO1 grants simultaneously, which is quite a remarkable accomplishment. He has an outstanding publication record of highly cited works and has maintained a funding stream from the National Institutes of Health. He has mentored more than 17 Ph.D. students since coming to the University of New Orleans and played a major role in developing the proposal for a Ph.D. program in Medicinal Chemistry. He has held editorships of journals, monograph series and book series, and has provided professional service in several organizations.