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Two Named Distinguished Professors

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Pace has appointed John R. Nolon, left, and Mark Hussey, right, to five-year terms as distinguished professors, starting next fall.

Professors Mark Hussey, PhD, and John R. Nolon have been awarded the title of Pace Distinguished Professor, the highest honor Pace bestows on a faculty member in recognition of a sustained record of extensive, extraordinary research and scholarship, outstanding teaching, and exemplary service to the University, the community, and the faculty member’s professional field. 

Hussey, a professor of English on the New York City Campus, is an internationally renowned Virginia Woolf scholar. His early work established Woolf as a serious thinker in a philosophical tradition and highlighted her views on war and pacifism. His current work involves the study of modernism’s print cultures and the digital humanities. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Professor Hussey has just completed a project working with scholars across the country creating a digital archive of Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.

Hussey’s scholarship has brought international attention to Pace for the past 30 years, and he has made many other contributions to the Pace Community. He is founder and editor of the Woolf Studies Annual, published by Pace University Press since 1991. He has shaped key programs for the English Department and for what has now emerged as the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. He is the recipient of a Kenan Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009), and a major intellectual contributor to the academic environment at Pace.

Nolon has been a tenured professor at Pace Law School for more than 25 years. He has established an outstanding international reputation in the scholarship and practice of land use, sustainable development, and climate change. His pioneering textbook Land Use and Sustainable Development Law: Cases and Materials is widely used. He founded and developed the Land Use Law Center in 1993 as an innovative method of involving Pace Law students in externships, field placement, and “client” work, while providing legal services to local governments regarding sustainable development in the Hudson Valley Region and throughout the Northeast. Since 2001, he has been Visiting Professor of Land Use law and policy at Yale in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he teaches land use planning and supervises Pace students who are joint degree candidates.

Professor Nolon’s scholarship has developed and popularized two emerging fields of law: local environmental law and sustainable development law. These fields did not exist when he was appointed professor at Pace in 1988. Today, he is recognized nationally as having developed comprehensive frameworks for these areas of legal study and practice. He has been recognized at the Law School several times for his distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service. He served as the James. D. Hopkins Professor from 2009 to 2011 and the Charles A. Frueauff Research Professor of Law for academic years 1992, 1998, 2000, and 2001. He received the Richard L. Ottinger Faculty Achievement Award in 1999, and the Goettel Prize for faculty scholarship in 2006.

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