Published: Sept. 13, 2019

With approval Sept. 13 by the Board of Regents, the University of Colorado has introduced seven newly designated distinguished professors, four of whom are affiliated with the CU Boulder campus.

They are Min Han, David Korevaar, Carole Newlands and Mark Serreze. From the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Lee Newman and Wendy Macklin were also designated as distinguished professors. From the CU Denver campus, Robin Shandas was also designated a distinguished professor. 

Distinguished professors are faculty members who demonstrate exemplary performance in research or creative work, a record of excellence in classroom teaching and supervision of individual learning, and outstanding service to the profession, the university and its affiliates.

The CU campuses nominate faculty for the award, the highest honor bestowed upon faculty across the system's four campuses. President Mark Kennedy then reviews the nominations and, with the recommendation of the Distinguished Professors Committee, forwards the candadates' names to the Board of Regents. 

Min Han

PhD | Professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology

At CU Boulder since 1991, Han has distinguished himself as a national and international authority in molecular and developmental biology. He has run a highly dynamic research program in his lab, addressing cutting-edge problems in diverse biological fields related to human health. He has developed and taught many courses within molecular, cellular and developmental biology, while also actively participating in international educational efforts.

His impact as a mentor and teacher also is noteworthy, as many former trainees have advanced to significant careers in higher education and industry.

David Korevaar

DMA | Professor of piano at College of Music

Korevaar is an exceptionally gifted pianist who has performed across the country and around the world. He has built his performing reputation with pianistic mastery of an extensive repertoire and an intelligent approach to interpretation, allowing him to play at the highest levels as a soloist and collaborator.

At CU Boulder since 2000, Korevaar’s work combines performance and scholarship, exploring a rich variety of keyboard literatures, the works of composers, and their historical interconnection. His students work as performers, professors and teachers, while also winning prestigious competitions and receiving prestigious grants and fellowships. A leading pedagogue, he is frequently invited to hold master classes at universities, music schools and conservatories around the world.

Carole Newlands

PhD | Professor of classics

At CU Boulder since 2009, Newlands is a scholar of Latin literature and culture whose sophisticated, creative and pioneering explorations and interpretations have established her as one of the world’s finest Latinists. With a research focus on imperial Latin literature and reception studies, Newlands has revealed important elements of Flavian and Augustan culture that had been misunderstood and underappreciated.

She has received many prestigious teaching appointments, including the Visiting NEH Professor of Classics at the University of Richmond, and the Fellowship in the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University. Through her scholarship, books and mentorship, Newlands’ impact has been recognized as being central in the shaping of a rising generation of Latinists.

Mark C. Serreze

PhD | Professor of geography, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center

Serreze earned his doctorate at CU Boulder 30 years ago; today, he is a leading authority on Arctic climate. He is director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, which, under his leadership, continues to be the world’s leading source for data and information about our planet’s snow and ice.

One of the most published scientists in his field, Serreze’s work has significantly improved our understanding of the Arctic’s role in global climate. His books include the award-winning textbook “The Arctic Climate System” and last year’s “Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North,” which has received critical acclaim for its impact on audiences beyond academia.