Five WSU faculty members have been promoted to Regents professor. The promotion honors the highest level of international distinction in the discipline that raises university standards through teaching, scholarship and public service.
The employees will receive recognition along with other annual WSU award winning faculty and staff at the Celebrating Excellence banquet March 27, part of the annual Showcase celebration of employee excellence and achievement.

Reservations for the banquet are being accepted through Wednesday, March 18, ONLINE

The Regents professor honorees are:

• Wendy C. Brown, professor of veterinary microbiology and pathology. She has been on the veterinary medicine faculty since 1995 and is a founding faculty member in the School for Global Animal Health.

Brown’s work is highly cited and she has received numerous honors and awards. She has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health as a principal investigator during her tenure at WSU. In 2007, she was named a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

She is recognized as the international authority on bovine T lymphocytes. Her research focuses on developing the immunologic foundation for the design of vaccines against globally important vector-borne infectious diseases.

• Mark G. Kuzyk, professor of physics and astronomy. He has been on the WSU faculty since 1990.

Kuzyk’s research has international prominence in the field of nonlinear optics. His work has been continuously funded for more than 18 years by agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense. He is a distinguished member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

He is a pioneer in polymer fiber optics and has developed fundamental theories of light-matter interactions. He also is celebrated at WSU for his dedicated, enthusiastic and innovative teaching.

• Lance T. LeLoup, professor of political science and vice provost for International Programs. He has been a faculty member since 1996 and previously was director of the WSU-affiliated Thomas Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service.

LeLoup has lived in England, France, Hungary and Slovenia and has lectured around the world. He is recipient of several Fulbright awards, most recently as a senior specialist at the University of Ljublijana, Slovenia, in 2006.

In 2007, he received the Aaron Wildavsky Lifetime Achievement award for research on public budgeting from the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, the largest section of the American Society for Public Administration.

• Barry G. Swanson, professor and interim chair, School of Food Science, and executive secretary, Faculty Senate. He has been at WSU for 35 years.

Swanson is known worldwide for his research on the digestibility of legumes, utilization of fat substitutes and non-thermal processing systems. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, nine patents and 40 book chapters in food science. He recently was ranked 22 among the most highly cited international authors in the agricultural sciences by Thomson Science Watch.

He has served as adviser to 47 master’s and 24 doctoral students in food science and human nutrition.

• Victor Villanueva, professor of English and director of American Studies. He has been on the WSU faculty since 1995.

One of the nation’s most respected scholars of rhetoric and composition, Villanueva recently received the highest honor in his field – the 2009 Exemplar Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

He has written, edited, co-edited or has under contract seven books, nearly 50 journal articles and book chapters, and two editions of the journal College English. His creative work has been extensively anthologized. One monograph, “Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color,” earned the Meade Award for Distinguished Research in English Education and the Russell Award for Distinguished Research and Scholarship in English.