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Arizona State University is home to world-renowned faculty

August 26, 2021 · 2 min read · By ASU Online

ASU has become one of the fastest-growing research universities in the country.


Arizona State University is home to some of the brightest intellectuals in the country. Our more than 4,700 total faculty members include international, award-winning scholars who are at the forefront of innovation in their fields.

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.

As of fall 2020, ASU is home to:

  • 5 MacArthur fellows
  • 5 Nobel Laureates
  • 9 Pulitzer Prize winners
  • 9 National Academy of Engineering members
  • 23 National Academy of Sciences members
  • 25 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members
  • 38 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellows
  • 150 National Endowment for the Humanities fellows
  • 252 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 both ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Molecular Sciences. 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 five 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, an Emeritus and 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.

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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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