UVM University Scholars

The 2017-18 University Scholars: Professors Kelly Rohan (CAS), Jane Kolodinsky (CALS), Jianke Yang (CEMS), with UVM President Tom Sullivan (left) and Graduate College Dean Cindy Forehand (right)

2017 - 2018 University Scholars

The University Scholars program recognizes distinguished UVM faculty members for sustained excellence in research, creative and scholarly activities. The Scholars are selected by a faculty panel based upon nominations submitted by UVM colleagues.

Jane Kolodinsky, PhD

Jane Kolodinsky

Jane Kolodinsky received her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and MBA from Kent State University and her Ph.D. in Consumer Economics from Cornell University. She is currently Professor and Chair of the transdisciplinary Department of Community Development and Applied Economics and the Director of the Center for Rural Studies/Food Systems Research Collaborative at the University of Vermont. Her research utilizes applied and behavioral economics.  More specifically she has focused on the economics of information, citizen voice, obesity and lifestyle, and controversial food system policy issues including the labeling of foods produced using genetic engineering and taxing sugar sweetened beverages. She has received several million dollars in research and outreach funding from 25 different funders and is currently a co P.I. on two USDA funded projects that examine community supported agriculture and food boxes to address childhood obesity, food access and community economic well-being. She has published over 100 refereed articles and book chapters in 67 different books and journals, ranging from Journal of the Community Development Society, the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, and Food Policy to the Journal of Entrepreneurship, Preventing Chronic Disease and the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Kolodinsky was awarded the American Council on Consumer Interest’s (ACCI) mid-career award of excellence will be named as fellow April 2017. .Jane is past president of the American Council on Consumer Interests and has served the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association as past chair of the Food Safety and Nutrition Section, current chair of the Food and Agricultural Marketing Policy Section and incoming chair of the Institutional and Behavioral Economics Section.  Jane served as a Fulbright senior research fellow in Germany. She has progressive leadership experience at a Land Grant institution, having worked on special projects for both the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Provost at UVM.  She has served on University committees including faculty and curricular affairs, budgeting, executive council of the faculty senate and chaired the university wide transdisciplinary food systems initiative.

Kelly J. Rohan, PhD

Kelly J. Rohan

Kelly J. Rohan is Professor and Director of the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Vermont.  Dr. Rohan received her BA (magna cum laude) from Saint Bonaventure University in 1993 and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maine in 1998.  She completed her residency and a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical School/Jackson Veterans Affairs Medical Center Consortium.  Dr. Rohan was previously on the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology (2000-2005) and joined the faculty of the University of Vermont in 2005.  She teaches undergraduate courses in abnormal and clinical psychology and graduate courses in adult psychopathology and cognitive-behavioral therapy.  Dr. Rohan’s scholarship is the adult mood disorders with specialization in winter seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and cognitive-behavioral treatments.  She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and 2 books and has received over $2M in grants from the National Institute of Mental Health to fund her clinical trials.  She is a Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

Jianke Yang, PhD

Jianke Yang

Jianke Yang is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He received his B.S. degree in applied mathematics from Tsinghua University (China) in 1989, and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. He joined UVM in 1994 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2005. His research focuses on physical mathematics, which combines mathematical theories, scientific computations and physical applications. He has written two books, Nonlinear Waves in Integrable and Non-integrable Systems (published by the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2010), and Fundamentals of Photonic Crystal Guiding (published by Cambridge University Press in 2009). He has also written over 130 papers in leading journals such as Reviews of Modern Physics, Physical Review Letters and SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics. His research has been showcased in news magazines including Optics and Photonics News and Technology Research News, and has been continuously supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation. He received the inaugural College Faculty Award for Excellence in Research in 2014. Dr. Yang is Editor-in-Chief for the premier journal Studies in Applied Mathematics (founded at MIT in 1921), and an editorial-board member for several other journals (such as Physical Review E). He organized the first four meetings of the international conference series, “Nonlinear Waves --- Theory and Applications”, in Beijing, China between 2008 and 2016. He has also served on the organizing committee or scientific committee of many other international conferences. He is a senior member of Optical Society of America.

Nomination Guidelines

Nomination Guidelines

Any full-time UVM faculty member may nominate or re-nominate any full-time member of the faculty for a University Scholar Award. Please note that this award is not limited to members of the Graduate Faculty. It is most appropriate for nominees to be at the highest rank in their faculty track and to have sustained excellence at that rank.

Four University Scholar Awards will be available: two to individuals in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Creative Arts, and two to individuals in the Basic and Applied Sciences (including Biological, Medical and Physical Sciences). Each of the four awards will carry a grant of $2500 to be used at the discretion of the recipient to promote her or his scholarly activities.

Nominations will be reviewed by a faculty committee which will then forward its recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate College for final action.

The University Scholars are announced in early April.

Each nomination must include:

  • A completed PDF icon Nomination Form (PDF)
  • A letter of nomination, from a UVM faculty member
  • A letter seconding the nomination from a UVM faculty member
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae of the nominee

Please address the following items in the letter of nomination and the letter seconding the nomination.

  • Contributions promoting research, creative activities and scholarship in the discipline of the nominee, highlighting particularly unique and highly acclaimed contributions.
  • Contributions to promoting research, creative activities and scholarship in the UVM community.
  • Contributions to teaching or mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in research, creative activities and scholarship.
  • Other comments deemed pertinent.

Please do not include more than two letters.  The nomination materials must be received by the Graduate College Office by no later than February 3, 2017.  If you have any further questions about this program, please contact Kathie Merchant at x63017.

Prior University Scholars

Prior University Scholars


  • Robert V. Bartlett, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Robert Pepperman Taylor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ira M. Bernstein, College of Medicine
  • Jason H. T. Bates, College of Engineering and Mathematical Science


  • Tina Escaja, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ray Vega, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Philip Ades, College of Medicine
  • Marilyn Cipolla, College of Medicine


  • Dennis P. Clougherty, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sylvie Doublie, College of Medicine
  • Lokangaka Losambe, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Thomas Streeter, College of Arts and Sciences


  • Michael Giangreco, College of Education and Social Services
  • Betsy Hoza, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Christopher Landry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Curtis Ventriss, Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources


  • M. Cristina Mazzoni, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mercedes Rincon, College of Medicine
  • Stephanie Seguino, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Margaret A. Vizzard, College of Medicine

2011 - 2012

  • Richard M. Foote, College of Engineering & Mathematics
  • Berta M. Geller, College of Medicine
  • Jean R. Harvey-Berino, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Gary E. Ward, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

2010 - 2011

  • Rex Forehand, College of Arts & Sciences
  • James Hudziak, College of Medicine
  • Anthony S. Magistrale, College of Arts and Sciences
  • George Osol, College of Medicine

2009 - 2010

  • Ralph C. Budd, College of Medicine
  • John P. Burke, College of Arts and Sciences
  • William E. Mann, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Russell P. Tracy, College of Medicine

2008 - 2009

  • Jeffrey Dinitz - Mathematics and Statistics
  • Marjorie Lipson - Elementary Education
  • Benjamin Littenberg - Medicine, Nursing
  • Robert H. Rodgers - Classical Languages and Literature

2007 - 2008

  • Robert J. Gordon - Anthropology
  • Charles G. Irvin - Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Martin M. LeWinter - Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biphysics
  • Stephanie H. McConaughy - Psychiatry and Psychology

2006 - 2007

  • Susan Crockenberg – Psychology
  • John Helzer – Psychiatry
  • Gary Mawe – Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • Ian Stokes – Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

2005 - 2006

  • John MacKenzie Burke – Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
  • Nicholas J. Gotelli – Biology, Marsh Life Sciences
  • Carol T. Miller – Psychology, Dewey Hall
  • Robyn R. Warhol – English, Old Mill

2004 - 2005

  • Richard J. Albertini – Pathology, Medicine and MMG
  • Dwight E. Matthews – Medicine and Chemistry
  • Beth Mintz, Sociology, Benedict Bldg So. Prospect St.
  • David Scrase – German, Waterman Bldg.

2003 - 2004

  • Paula B. Tracy – Biochemistry, Health Science Complex
  • Robert J. Nash – Integrated Professional Studies
  • Dan S. Archdeacon – Mathematics & Statistics, Colchester Ave.
  • Patricia A. Prelock - Communication Sciences, 406 Pomeroy Hall

2002 - 2003

  • Charles J. Goodnight – Biology, Marsh Life Science
  • Rachel K. Johnson – Nutrition & Food Science, Terrill Hall
  • Joni K. Seager - Geography
  • Denise J. Youngblood – History, Wheeler House

2001 - 2002

  • Catherine W. Donnelly – Nut. & Food Sci., 200 Carrigan-
  • Donald H. DeHayes – SNR, 334 Aiken Center

2000 - 2001

  • Warren K. Bickel – Psychiatry & Psychology
  • Roger L. Cooke – Mathematics & Stats., 16 Colchester
  • Stephen J. Cutler – Sociology, 31 S. Prospect #002
  • Ronald Savitt – School of Business , 306 Kalkin

1999 - 2000

  • Lynne A. Bond – Psychology, Dewey Hall
  • Edith D. Hendley – MPBP, E213 Health Sci
  • Patrick Hutton – History, 204 Wheeler
  • David M. Warshaw – MPBP, D205 Health Sci

1998 - 1999

  • Daniel W. Gade - Geography
  • Martin H. Krag – Orthopedic Rehab, 430A Stafford
  • William D. Lakin – Math & Stats., 16 Colchester
  • Robert E. Manning – SNR, 356 Aiken Center

1997 - 1998

  • Charles J. Colbourn - Mathematics
  • Susan S. Wallace – MMG, 206 Stafford Hall
  • Stephen T. Higgins – Psychiatry, 118 Ira Allen School
  • Frank Manchel - English

1996 - 1997

  • Mark T. Nelson - Pharmacology, 301 Given
  • Kurt E. Oughstun – Elec. & Computer Eng. Votey
  • Howard Ball – Political Sci, 519 Old Mill
  • Susan Brody Hasazi – Education, 448 Waterman

1995 - 1996

  • Kenneth I. Gross – Mathematics & Stats., 16 Colchester
  • Joseph J. Schall – Biology, 203 Marsh Life
  • Mark E. Bouton – Psychology, 354 Dewey Hall
  • Alan P. Wertheimer – Political Sci, 513 Old Mill

1994 - 1995

  • John R. Hughes – Psychiatry, 130 Ira Allen School
  • Robert C. Woodworth - Biochemistry
  • Bruce E. Compas - Psychology
  • Joan M. Smith - Sociology

1993 - 1994

  • Bruce S. Kapp – Psychology, Dewey Hall
  • George F. Pinder – Civil & Envi. Engrg. 371 Votey
  • Luther H. Martin – Religion, 203-481 Main Street
  • Mark A. Stoler – History, 207 Wheeler

1992 - 1993

  • Kenneth I. Golden – Mathematics & Stats. , 16 Colchester
  • Robert J. Johnson – Orthopedic Rehab, 406 Stafford
  • Abbas Alnasrawi – Economics, 340 Old Mill
  • Esther D. Rothblum – Psychology, 362 Dewey Hall

1991 - 1992

  • Richard L. Anderson – Electrical Engineering
  • Judith L. Van Houten – Biology, 215 Marsh Life
  • Thomas M. Achenbach – Psychiatry, Degoesbriand
  • Chad D. Hansen - Philosophy

1990 - 1991

  • A. Paul Krapcho - Chemistry
  • Rodney L. Parsons – Anatomy & Neurobiology
  • Heinz L. Ansbacher- Psychology
  • William A. Haviland - Anthropology

1989 - 1990

  • Paula M. Fives-Taylor – MMG, 206 Stafford Hall
  • Jerold F. Lucey – Pediatrics, MFU, McClure Wing
  • Raymond T. Coward –Human Dev. & Family Studies
  • Samuel B. Hand - History

1988 - 1989

  • Kenneth G. Mann – Biochemistry, C401 Health Sci
  • Malcolm H. Pope – Ortho & Rehab & Mechanical Engrg.
  • R. Paul Hilberg – Political Science
  • George A. Sher - Philosophy

1987 - 1988

  • Lyndon B. Carew – Animal Science, 207A Terrill-Home
  • John J. McCormack – Pharmacology, B322 Health Sci.
  • C. Hackett Bushweller - Chemistry
  • R. Harry Orth - English

1986 - 1987

  • Richard Klein - Botany
  • Robert B. Low – Mole. Physiology & Biophysics, E317 Given
  • Martin E. Kuehne – Chemistry, A318 Cook
  • George W. Albee - Psychology

1985 - 1986

  • Bernd Heinrich – Biology, 102 Marsh Life
  • Julian J. Jaffe - Pharmacology
  • Ted B. Flanagan – Chemistry, A121 Cook
  • John Weiger – Romance Languages

1984 - 1985

  • James G. Welch – Animal Sciences
  • Norman Alpert – Physiology & Biophysics
  • Wesley L. Nyborg - Physics
  • Leonidas M. Jones - English

1983 - 1984

  • Richmond J. Bartlett – Plant & Soil Science
  • James E.Clapp, III - OBGYN
  • William E. Geiger, Jr. – Chemistry, A221 Cook
  • Philip Kitcher - Philosophy

1982 - 1983

  • George M. Happ - Zoology
  • Thomas J. Moehring – MMG
  • Christopher W. Allen – Chemistry, A131 Cook
  • Harold Leitenberg– Psychology, 302 Dewey

1981 - 1982

  • Robert C. Ullrich - Botany
  • Brooke T. Mossman – Pathology, A151 Health Science
  • David B. Brown - Chemistry
  • Robert V. Daniels - History

1980 - 1981

  • Alexander H. Duthie – Animal Sciences
  • Stanley Rush – Electrical Engineering
  • Wolfgang Mieder – German & Russian 422 Waterman