Regents’ Professor Appointments



TO: Campus Community
FROM: President Ann Weaver Hart
DATE: Monday, April 7, 2014

Regents' Professor Appointments


I am very pleased and proud to announce that the Arizona Board of Regents has confirmed the appointments of Professors Mary Stiner of the School of Anthropology and Jonathan Overpeck of the Department of Geosciences as Regents’ Professors.

The title of Regents’ Professor is reserved for faculty members whose exceptional achievements merit national and international distinction, and is conferred on no more than 3% of the total number of the university’s tenured and tenure track faculty members. 

Dr. Mary C. Stiner, Professor in the School of Anthropology and Curator of Zooarcheology at the Arizona State Museum, is an internationally recognized expert in the Mediterranean cultures of the Middle Paleolithic through the Stone Age. Her seminal book on Neanderthal Man, Honor Among Thieves, provides insights into the origins of human behavior and was awarded the Society of American Archeology book prize, an award which recognizes works that have a major impact on the discipline. Her current research, which analyzes human adaptations during ancient ice ages, provides insights not only into our human origins but into the effects of climate change. Dr. Stiner is universally admired by scholars in her field, and on the UA campus she is a popular teacher who engages students of all levels, from undergraduates enrolled in introductory surveys to graduate students conducting doctoral research.

Dr. Jonathan T. Overpeck, Professor of Geosciences and Co-Director of theInstitute for the Environment, is an internationally recognized authority in the science and policy of climate and environmental change. He served as Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter on paleoclimate for the Fourth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007), as well as Principal Investigator in research funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Defense, and the US Geological Survey. He is a founding co-director of the UA’s Institute for the Environment, and is well-known on campus for his generosity and commitment as a teacher, colleague, and collaborator.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding faculty leaders who are ensuring that the University of Arizona remains on the forefront of research innovation across disciplines. We are truly fortunate to have them as members of our university community, and as models for integrated research, student engagement and community impact.