Our university’s more than 1,400 full-time instructional and research faculty members are experts in a broad range of fields. They have published widely, contributed to major research findings and consulted with government and business officials.
- School of Business
- School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- College of Education and Human Development
- College of Health and Human Services
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
- School of Law
- New Century College
- School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
- College of Science
- College of Visual and Performing Arts
- Volgenau School of Engineering
Drawing prominent scholars from all fields, Mason’s outstanding faculty members have received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. They have won numerous awards such as Fulbright Scholar grants, Pulitzer Prizes, Mellon Fellowships, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Centennial Medals and Nobel Prizes. More than 47 endowed chairs at the university have also brought many internationally renowned artists and scholars to campus.
Of particular interest to undergraduates are the Robinson Professors, outstanding scholars in the liberal arts and sciences who have come to Mason from prestigious positions elsewhere. They are concerned with broad and fundamental intellectual issues and are dedicated to undergraduate teaching and working with Honors College students. In 1984, the first Robinson Professors joined the faculty as the result of a generous bequest from the estate of Clarence J. Robinson.
Ed Maibach is the most influential scientist working on climate change among America’s public universities, according to a recent Reuters ranking of the researchers. Maibach, a University Professor in the Department of Communication and the director of the Center for Climate Change Communication within Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, ranked 7th overall in the Reuters Hot List identifying and ranking the world’s top 1,000 climate scientists. Only two other American scientists finished above him.
As a Pulitzer-prize winning columnist for the Washington Post, Steven Pearlstein joined Mason as a Robinson Professor of Public Affairs in fall 2011. He has focused on teaching economic principles to noneconomic majors and helped launch the interdisciplinary Politics, Philosophy and Economics concentration for majors in those departments. He also offers seminars on narrative journalism, politics and wealth and poverty in the Honors College.
Robinson Professor Laurie Robinson is a former assistant attorney general. She has been involved with national criminal justice policy for more than 30 years. In 2014, she was appointed co-chair of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, an organization created in the wake of events in Ferguson, Missouri, to develop recommendations on ways to build greater trust between law enforcement and communities.
Patricia Miller is an internationally acclaimed operatic and concert mezzo-soprano, and a highly respected voice teacher and music educator. As a University Professor, artist-teacher and master class clinician, Miller has transported her talent and commitment to opera education across the globe. She is director of Vocal Studies at Mason, and serves on the Opera Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Emanuel “Chip” Petricoin
University Professor Emanuel “Chip” Petricoin is a pioneer in the area of proteomic research and is co-director of Mason’s Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine. His innovative methods of furthering personalized medicine and creating new ways to detect and treat cancer have helped him receive more than a million dollars in grants and brought him numerous acclaim, including Fairfax, Virginia’s 2015 Innovator of the Year Award.
Olivia “Mandy” O'Neill is a professor of management in Mason’s School of Business, teaching MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior, negotiations, management and leadership. She is actively engaged in organizational research, and her primary areas of interest include the study of organizational culture, emotions and gender, especially as they relate to workplace interpersonal relations, employee decision-making, job attitudes, career success, health behavior, corporate strategy and financial performance.
As a renowned climate scientist and director of Mason’s Institute of Global Environment and Society, Jagadish Shukla was instrumental in developing the doctoral program in climate dynamics in Mason’s College of Science. He is a member of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a lead author on a chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, which was recognized when IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with former Vice President Al Gore.
A professor of bioengineering with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Nathalia Peixoto has focused on an array of topics in her research. These range from seizure control with low frequency electric fields to microfabricated oxygen sensors for profiling metabolic activity in cardiac cells. Her research interests include implantable electrodes and systems, hybrid systems, control of assistive technology, bio-micro-electro-mechanical systems, and experimental models of neuropathologies such as epilepsy and spreading depression.