Named Distinguished Visiting Professor Program

Leading scholars of religion, prominent historians, expert law professors and world-renowned scientists are among the broad array of distinguished visiting professors who come to AUC each year to teach, conduct research and deliver public lectures. Through these visits, the University serves as a prime venue for the exchange of ideas, intellectual debate and cultural outreach.

Bayard Dodge Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Arabic Studies: Established in 1987, the Bayard Dodge Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Arabic Studies allows AUC's Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations to welcome distinguished scholars in the field of Arabic studies, hold an annual history seminar on issues relevant to the Arab world, and host the Arab Cultural Program, an initiative which brings prominent Egyptian scholars and writers to campus to address the Department’s students and faculty, as well as scholars and friends from the greater community.

Doris Abu Seif, the Nasser D. Khalili professor of Islamic art and archeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, is the Bayard Dodge Distinguished Visiting Professor in Arabic Studies for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. She is a specialist in Mamluk and Ottoman arts of Egypt and Syria and in social history.


Charles J. Hedlund Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Business and Computer Science: Established in 1986 to support a DVP in the Departments of Management and Computer Science to support any relevant subject in these fields.


Christopher Thoron Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Performing and Visual Arts: Established in 1974 to support a DVP in the Department of the Arts.


General Dynamics Corporation Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Engineering (1986): Established in 1987 to support a distinguished visiting professor in the engineering program.


William K. Simpson and Marilyn M. Simpson Visiting Professorship in Egyptology: Established in 1996 to be awarded to a professor in the Egyptology program.

Houris Sourouzian is the William K. Simpson and Marilyn M. Simpson Visiting Professor in Egyptology for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Sourouzian has more than 40 years of extensive work in the field of ancient civilizations. In addition to teaching and excavating, she currently an adviser of cultural affairs for the Armenian Embassy in Cairo and holds board memberships and several posts in councils and associations pertaining to cultural heritage and antiquities. She has given numerous lectures, written for publications and participated in conferences. She received two Egyptology awards from Luxor Times Magazine in 2016 and 2017. She also previously taught in AUC's Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology in 1999, and was granted the William K. Simpson and Marilyn M. Simpson Professorship of Egyptology in 2003.