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Regents' Professors

Each year, the Board of Regents of The Texas State University System honors professors whose performance and contributions to the educational community have been exemplary. Recipients of the Regents' Professor award maintain this title for the duration of their service within the university system, receive a $5,000 award and a commemorative medallion. To qualify for nomination, faculty members must: hold the rank of professor for a period of at least five years; demonstrate a record of distinguished teaching along with accomplishments in research and other scholarly activities; demonstrate an outstanding record of service at the local, state and national levels; and demonstrate a record of commitment to the college or university.


James Bexley, Ph.D.
Dr. Bexley is a Distinguished Professor of Finance at Sam Houston State University. He is an award-winning author of more than 100 publications on banking and finance, has served for nearly two decades as the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking, and pioneered the curriculum for the university's Bachelor of Business Administration Executive-In-Residence program.

Dennis J. Dunn, Ph.D.
Dr. Dunn, a Distinguished Professor of History at Texas State University, is an internationally-recognized historian and preeminent authority on the Catholic Church in Russia. He is the founder and director of the Center for International Studies at Texas State. One of his hundreds of publications was nominated for the prestigious Dillon Award for best book on American diplomacy.

Dittmar Hahn, Ph.D.
Dr. Hahn is a professor and chair of the Department of Biology at Texas State University. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, served on the editorial boards of three major international journals in microbial ecology and environmental microbiology, and garnered 33 research grants totaling more than $5.7 million.


Donald W. Olson, Ph.D.
Dr. Olson is a professor of physics at Texas State University. An internationally recognized physicist, Olson has developed "celestial sleuthing" methods using astronomy to solve mysteries surrounding significant events in art, history, and literature. He has authored and published scores of scholarly articles, book chapters, and books, and received multiple teaching awards.


Ian Davidson, D.M.A.
Dr. Davidson is a professor of music at Texas State University. In addition to be recognized for his outstanding contributions in teaching, service and scholarly/creative activity, he has received 12 Presidential Award Nominations, a Grammy Nomination and has twice been named “Favorite Professor” by the Alpha Chi Honor Society.
watts Richard Watts, Ph.D.
Dr. Watts is director of the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Counselor Education, Department of Educational Leadership & Counseling at Sam Houston State University. He is a Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology, North American Society for Adlerian Psychology an the author of more than 115 scholarly publications including 86 journal articles and five books.


forstner Michael R.J. Forstner, Ph.D.
Dr. Forstner is a professor of biology at Texas State University. Forstner has conducted research on three continents and is internationally recognized for his expertise in wildlife biology. He has supported the research projects of more than 60 students and is a three-time winner of the Texas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activity.
maniam Balasundram Maniam, Ph.D.
Dr. Maniam is a professor of finance at Sam Houston State University. Maniam's devotion to students is reflected not only in a lengthy record of consistently superior student evaluations, but also in a commitment to innovation in teaching, as evidenced by his groundbreaking development of online courses in finance.


mcleanRobert J.C. McLean, Ph.D.
Dr. McLean is a professor of microbiology at Texas State University. McLean joined the Texas State Biology Department faculty in 1993. He has helped raise the prominence of the biology program to a national level by developing research programs to investigate the biological factors associated with the growth of biofilms and the relationship between bacteria and mineral formation.


delateja Frank de la Teja, Ph.D.
Dr. De La Teja is a professor in the Department of History at Texas State University. His research interests focus on the northeastern frontier of Spanish colonial Mexico and Texas through the Republic era. He hasalso served as a consultant on development of the Texas State History Museum and serves as book review editor of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
li Ku-yen Li, Ph.D.
Dr. Li is a professor in the Dan F. Smith Department of Chemical Engineering at Lamar University. He was department chair for seven years, led the effort to gain Lamar’s first Ph.D. program, and guided Lamar’s master’s degree program in engineering to national prominence. Li and his fellow investigators have received more than $2.6 million in external funding for 20 projects.


baccus John T. Baccus, Ph.D.
Dr. Baccus is a professor in the Department of Biology at Texas State University. He has taught at Texas State since 1975. Baccus specializes in wildlife biology with research interests in community ecology, ecology and management of white-tailed deer, and habitat management for endangered species.
bonanno Alessandro Bonanno, Ph.D.
Dr. Bonanno is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Sam Houston State University. He is responsible for the development of research, online instruction and international programs within the College of Humanities and Social Science. Bonanno's research has resulted in 14 books and more than 100 referred publications.
butler David R. Butler, Ph.D.
Dr. Butler is a professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University. He joined the Texas State faculty in 1997. Butler’s research interests and specializations include geomorphology, biogeography, natural hazards, mountain environments and environmental change, and Glacier National Park.
carter Keith Carter
Mr. Carter is an internationally recognized photographer and educator. He holds the endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University. He is the recipient of the Lange-Taylor Prize from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and The Texas Medal of Arts. Carter has been the subject of an arts profile on CBS Sunday Morning and featured in a variety of publications.
saur Pamela Saur, Ph.D.
Dr. Saur is a professor of German in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Lamar University. She has been honored as both university scholar and university professor. Through scholarly pursuits, she has produced more than 100 publications, including books, book chapters and reviews, encyclopedia entries and joural articles.


irby Beverly Irby, Ed.D.
Dr. Irby is associate dean for graduate programs in the College of Education at Sam Houston State University. She is widely published and is co-editor and founder of the Advancing Women in Leadership Journal and is editor of the Mentoring and Tutoring Journal. Irby conducts international research in dual language education.


andrews Jean F. Andrews, Ph.D.
Dr. Andrews is the coordinator of graduate programs in the Department of Deaf Studies/Deaf Education at Lamar University. She has served on the governance board at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) and has been on the editorial board of the American Annals of the Deaf since 1986. Dr. Andrews began her career teaching at the Maryland School for the Deaf.
ruffin Paul Ruffin, Ph.D. (1941-2016)
Dr. Ruffin was a professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Sam Houston State University. He founded and directed Texas Review Press, published two novels, five collections of stories, four books of essays, seven collections of poetry and edited or co-edited 15 other books. In 2009, he served as Texas State Poet Laureate.
warshauer Max Warshauer, Ph.D.
Dr. Warshauer is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Texas State University. Warshauer developed the Mathworks Program at Texas State, which engages Texas K-12 students from all backgrounds in doing mathematics at a high level. He is a recipient of the Mathematical Association of America Texas Section Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics Award.


Byron Augustin, D.A.
Dr. Augustin is a professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University. He is the author of books on Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bolivia, and Texas, and has published articles in The Geographical Bulletin, Social Studies Texan, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Texas Highways, among others. He is the author of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, published by Grolier Publishing Company.
beebe Steven A. Beebe, Ph.D.
Dr. Beebe is chair of the Department of Communications at Texas State University. He is the author and co-author of twelve books, several book chapters, and has published in numerous national and international communication journals. He has been a visiting scholar at both Oxford and Cambridge universities and is a member of the Common Room of Wolfson College, Oxford University.
chavkin Nancy Chavkin, Ph.D.
Dr. Chavkin is a profesor in the School of Social Work and director of the Center for Child and Families at Texas State University. She has published three books and more than 90 articles on family and community partnerships, program evaluation, child welfare, and school social work. In 2002, Dr. Chavkin was named Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.
delcarmen Rolando del Carmen, J.S.D.
Dr. Del Carmen is a professor in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. He has five degrees: two bachelor's, two master's and one Ph.D. Del Carmen's credits include 17 books and book revisions, 16 book chapters, 68 articles and 10 government reports. He has given more than 370 seminars to groups in Texas and 44 other states.
ho Thomas Ho, Ph.D.
Dr. Ho is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Industrial Engineering at Lamar University. He has done research in many areas, including waste management, waste incineration, air toxin emission control and coal combustion. He is director of the Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center at Lamar and holds the Michael E. and Patricia P. Aldredge Endowed Chair in Engineering.
olson James Olson, Ph.D.
Dr. Olson is a professor in the Department of History at Sam Houston State University. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of more than 30 books, including Bathsheba’s Breast: Women, Cancer, and History, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History and won the 2002 History of Science Category Award from the Association of American Publishers.