University Scholars for 2010 - 2011

Each year, four distinguished faculty members – two from the basic and applied sciences, and two from the social sciences and humanities – are named University Scholars in recognition of their sustained excellence in research and scholarly activities. University Scholars are selected by a panel of faculty scholars, based upon nominations submitted by UVM faculty.

For a listing of all our prior scholars, please click here.

For 2010-2011, the University Scholars are:

It is nearly impossible to briefly summarize the many accomplishments of these distinguished colleagues, but below you'll find at least a little introduction to them. During the next academic year, each of these University Scholars will present a public seminar about their work. The Graduate College will announce these, and we hope you'll join us for those notable events.


Rex Forehand

 Heinz & Rowena Ansbacher Professor of Psychology, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Science

Professor Rex Forehand received bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees from the University of Alabama, following which he held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Oregon Medical Center. He rose through the faculty ranks at the University of Georgia, becoming a Distinguished Research Professor and Regents Professor there, and joined the University of Vermont as Professor of Psychology in 2003. Currently, Professor Forehand is Heinz and Rowena Ansbacher Professor of Psychology and University Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology.

A clinical psychologist, Forehand has devoted his scholarly career to the study of the American family, developing and testing clinical interventions to help parents work more effectively with their oppositional children, and studying the ways that families cope with psychological, health, and stress-related problems, particularly as related to parenting and child behavior, thus advanced the concerns of both basic and applied science. His research has been continuously supported for more than 30 years by the National Institutes of Mental Health, W. T. Grant Foundation, and many other agencies, and it has been reported in three books and hundreds of articles in the leading journals in the field, causing him to be rated as one of the most productive scholars in the history of clinical psychology. Professor Forehand been elected a Fellow of the leading professional societies in his field. He has also received numerous awards in recognition of his scholarship. Most recently, he received the American Psychological Association Award for Lifetime Contributions to Education and Training, and he will receive the APA Award for Lifetime Contributions to Child Clinical Psychology this year.

In addition to his research, Professor Forehand has served on the editorial boards of 18 professional journals, including the top journals in general psychology as well as his specialty field. Director of the Clinical Program at UVM, he has mentored more than 50 doctoral students at UVM and elsewhere who hold faculty and administrative positions, the latter including department head, dean, and president. His fellow UVM faculty members regard him as an outstanding colleague and mentor.

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James Hudziak

Thomas M. Achenbach Chair in Developmental Psychopathology, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Pediatrics
College of Medicine

Professor James Hudziak joined the UVM faculty in 1993 following an internship, residency, and fellowship in child psychiatry at Washington University, and he currently holds UVM appointments in Psychiatry, Medicine, and Pediatrics. He received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, and MD degree from the University of Minnesota.

The general focus of Professor Hudziak’s research is genetic epidemiology. His work in various aspects of the field has been published in more than 100 articles in top journals, and his basic research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and many other agencies and foundations. In addition, Hudziak is known for his applied research that has resulted in practical programs, involving community mental health centers, schools, and pediatricians to improve service delivery to children and families, including the use of telemedicine to reach rural communities. In addition to his research, Hudziak is a respected clinician, named in various publications listing America’s best doctors.

At UVM, Professor Hudziak is regarded as an outstanding teacher and mentor, having won several teaching awards in the College of Medicine. He serves as Director of Child Psychiatry and of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families.  In addition to his UVM appointments, Hudziak was awarded the Thomas M. Achenbach Chair in Developmental Psychopathology, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Pediatrics.  Hudziak holds an Endowed Chair of Genetics at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, a Special Professorship in Genetics of Developmental Psychopathology at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and an appointment as an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth. Included among his professional contributions are service as an editor or reviewer for a number of journals, and service in administrative or committee roles in many professional associations.

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Anthony S. Magistrale

Professor and Chair, Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Anthony Magistrale received his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College, and master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, all in English. He joined the faculty of the University of Vermont in 1981 and currently serves as Professor of English and Chairperson of the Department of English.

Popular Culture is a relatively new area for American literary studies, and Professor Magistrale, an expert on the novels of Stephen King and the contemporary American Gothic novel, has produced groundbreaking scholarship in the field. Many of his more than 20 books and numerous articles relate to these topics. Another focus of his research and the subject of six books is the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Magistrale is also a creative writer, author of an award-winning book of poetry, “What She Says About Love”, and he has published on the writing process. In addition to his scholarly publications, Magistrale and his work have been chronicled in the mainstream media, in The New Yorker, National Public Radio, The National Review, and major newspapers across the country and abroad.

At UVM, Professor Magistrale is known as an outstanding teacher and advisor, for which he has received the Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Award, the George Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Dean’s Lecture Award. Chair of the Department of English, he is strongly committed to the mentoring of junior faculty in the Department. He is a reviewer of book length manuscripts and articles for university presses and professional journals, and a frequent invited lecturer at universities in the US and internationally.

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George Osol

Professor, Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Pharmacology
College of Medicine

Professor George Osol first joined the University of Vermont community as a graduate student in 1975, following receipt of his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College. He graduated from UVM with master’s and PhD degrees in 1977 and 1981, respectively, both in Animal Science, and he returned to UVM in 1982, following a post-doctoral appointment at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He currently serves as Professor and Director of Research in the Department of OBGYN, and holds joint appointments in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Pharmacology.

Osol’s research has focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying uterine vascular remodeling during pregnancy, as well as signal transduction of physical forces into arterial constriction, and the effects of steroids and growth factors on resistance artery structure and function. This work has been supported for nearly 25 years by the National Institutes of Health, and has resulted in numerous, frequently cited publications in the most prestigious journals in the field. In addition to support from NIH and other sources, Professor Osol has received the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association.

At UVM, Osol is regarded as an outstanding teacher and mentor to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. He has chaired the Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Award committee for a number of years and has served on many important UVM committees, including search committees for President and Provost. Professionally, he has served on the editorial boards of a number of scientific journals and as a reviewer for many others, and he has received a number of awards for his work.

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