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Faculty Excellence

Faculty Excellence

The Arizona State University faculty is at the forefront nationally in advancing research and discovery, as Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Prize winners and Fulbright Scholars. Our more than 3,300 faculty members inspire new ways of thinking, innovating and solving problems socially, culturally and economically in our region and in the international community.

We aspire to create an accessible academic experience and attract faculty not bound by traditional disciplinary distinctions, but who embrace an inclusive, collaborative and entrepreneurial environment defined by excellence and impact.

Nobel Laureates

Sidney Altman photo

Sidney Altman

Sidney Altman shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1989 with Thomas R. Cech for their discoveries, independent of each other, that RNA actively aids chemical reactions in cells. Professor Altman joins ASU’s School of Life Sciences.

Leland Hartwell Nobel Laureate

Leland Hartwell

Virginia G. Piper Chair of Personalized Medicine and Chief Scientist of the Center for Sustainable Health in the Biodesign Institute won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for insights into the genes that control cell growth and division.

Edward Prescott Nobel Laureate

Edward Prescott

Regents' Professor, W. P. Carey Chair in Economics and Guggenheim Fellow shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for work on dynamic macroeconomics relating the time consistency of economic policy and the driving forces behind business cycles.

Frank Wilczek photo

Frank Wilczek

Frank Wilczek shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics with David Gross and H. David Politzer for their discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction. Professor Wilczek joins ASU’s Department of Physics.

Pulitzer Prize Winners

Stephen Doig 1993 Pulitzer Prize Winner photo

Stephen Doig

1993, Journalism and Mass Communication

Bert Hoelldobler 1991 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Bert Hoelldobler

1991, Social Dynamics and Complexity

Jacqueline Petchel 1993 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Jacqueline Petchel

1993, Journalism and Mass Communication

MacArthur Fellow

Liz Lerman photo

Liz Lerman

Liz Lerman was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2002 for her work as founder and artistic director of the Dance Exchange. As a choreographer, educator and  professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Lerman will launch the Ensemble Lab, a cooperative of artists, researchers and civic leaders to experiment with methods and techniques for broad social impact. (photo by Lise Metzger)

Stephen Pyne MacArthur Fellow

Stephen Pyne

Stephen J. Pyne was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1988. A Regents’ Professor in the School of Life Sciences, Pyne has written 15 books on the history and management of wild land and rural fire, including big-screen surveys for the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe. He brings historical scholarship to the subject of humanity’s interaction with fire.


Faculty Profile

Fall 2014 | Full and Part Time

Total Faculty: 3,391

  Number Percent
Business 258 7.6%
Engineering 422 12.4%
Health Solutions 150 4.4%
Herberger Institute 271 8.0%
Honors 31 0.9%
Journalism 41 1.2%
Law 48 1.4%
Letters and Sciences 161 4.7%
Liberal Arts and Sciences 1,232 36.3%
New College 147 4.3%
Nursing and Health 152 4.5%
Public Programs 131 3.9%
Sustainability 20 0.6%
Teachers College 165 4.9%
University College 10 0.3%
Online Extended Campus 97 2.9%
Other 55 1.6%

Tenure Status

Tenured 1,402 41.3%
On Tenure Track 437 12.9%
Not On Tenure Track 1,552 45.8%

Faculty Rank

Full Professor 930 27.4%
Associate Professor 769 22.7%
Assistant Professor 598 17.6%
Instructor 467 13.8%
Lecturer 417 12.3%
No Rank 210 6.2%


Female 1,562 46.1%
Male 1,829 53.9%


American Indian/Alaska Native 32 0.9%
Asian 377 11.1%
Black/African American 80 2.4%
Hispanic/Latino 227 6.7%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 3 0.1%
Two or More Races 29 0.9%
Unspecified 72 2.1%
White 2,571 75.8%