Named Distinguished Visiting Professor Program
Last updated on June 14, 2020
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.
Endowed Distinguished Visiting Professorships
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. During the academic year 2018-2019, there were two visits conducted. In Fall 2018 the visit was conducted by, visiting scholar Eusebio Scornavacca, Professor of Digital Innovation, Director of the UB Center for Digital Communication, Commerce and Culture, guest lectured at a Digital Marketing course. The second visit was conducted during Spring 2019 by visiting scholars: Gerald Grant Associate Professor, Information Systems Director, Centre for Information Technology, Organizations, and People Sprott School of Business, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and, Jonathan Liebenau, Associate Professor of Technology Management London School of Economics and Eusebio Scornavacca, Parsons Professor of Digital Innovation Director of the UB Center for Digital Communication, Commerce and Culture.
Christopher Thoron Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Performing and Visual Arts
Established in 1974 to support a DVP in the Department of the Arts. Professor Stancil Campbell was awarded the DVP in the academic year 2018-2019.
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 Department.
The position was held in the academic year 2018-2019 by Professor Maria Gatto. Professor Gatto holds a PhD in African Studies from the University of Naples L’Orientale, Italy, Italian Laurea (BA/MA), Near Eastern Studies from Sapienza University of Rome and International Certificate in African Archaeology, ERASMUS, Universitè Libre de Bruxelles
Annual Distinguished Visiting Professorships
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.
In the academic year 2018-2019, the position was held by Dr. Petra Sijpesteijn professor of Arabic and director of LUCIS (Leiden University Center for the Study of Islam and Society). Petra Sijpesteijn studied history and Arabic at Leiden University (MA), the University of Damascus, Cambridge University, Cornell University, and Princeton University (MA, PhD), where she defended her dissertation in Near Eastern Studies in 2004.