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Home to world-renowned faculty

February 23, 2017 · 2 min read · By ASU Online

Arizona State University is home to some of the brightest intellectuals in the country. Our more than 3,396 faculty members include international, award-winning scholars who are at the forefront of innovation in their fields.


Fastest-growing research universities

Over the years, ASU has become one of the fastest-growing research universities in the country, attracting outstanding faculty with top honors in their scope of work:

  • 2 MacArthur Fellows
  • 3 Pulitzer Prize awardees
  • 4 Nobel Laureates
  • 10 National Academy of Engineering members
  • 13 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members
  • 17 National Academy of Sciences members
  • 30 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellows
  • 48 National Endowment for the Humanities fellows
  • 145 Fulbright American Scholars

Inclusive, collaborative and entrepreneurial environment

ASU embraces diversity, individualism and the richness of difference that exists in the community. Our faculty derives from all walks of life, ranging from scientists covering asymptotic freedom in the theory of strong interaction, to choreographers and artists who experiment with creative techniques for broad social impact.

Dr. Ariel Anbar is a President’s Professor at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is a biogeochemist interested in the past and future evolution of the Earth as a habitable planet and how knowledge of that evolution informs the search for inhabited worlds beyond Earth. Dr. Anbar is a leader in online education.

Amongst our four Nobel Laureates, Professor Leland Hartwell from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Professor Hartwell's research explored ways to stop abnormal cells from dividing; leading to treatments around prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Dr. Stephen J. Pyne, a Regents’ Professor in the The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was not only named a MacArthur Fellow but is also an author to more than 20 published works on the history and management of wildland and rural fire. In 1995, Dr. Pyne received the Robert Kirsch Award, "a living author whose residence or focus has been in the West and whose career contributions merit body-of-work recognition." Additionally, Dr. Pyne has been a featured TED Talk speaker, discussing how a fire can shape a season, and how a fire season can shape a life.

ASU Online outstanding faculty

At ASU, we aspire to create an accessible academic experience to all our students, and work to attract faculty not bound by traditional disciplinary distinctions, but who embrace an inclusive, collaborative and entrepreneurial environment defined by excellence and impact. Start your story today with ASU Online.


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