The Distinguished Professor Award was established in 1986 to recognize and reward faculty members who have achieved national and international distinction. Awardees receive a plaque and an increase in their base salary. This award is administered through the Office of Faculty Affairs.

2022 Recipient

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Nancy Rapoport
Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law, Boyd School of Law
Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Lee Business School

Professor Rapoport has served in a variety of leadership positions since her arrival at UNLV in 2007, including several roles in UNLV Central Administration. Notably, her commitment to her calling as a professor has distinguished her as a deserving recipient of the Distinguished Professor award. She “epitomizes the scholar / teacher / servant we all aspire to be,” said her nominator.

Professor Rapoport's specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, law firm behavior, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. "Courts, law firms, and lawyers use my scholarship to improve legal services to clients by helping lawyers to stay on the right side of any ethical boundaries," she notes. She is often called on by courts to resolve issues of reasonableness of fees in large bankruptcy cases.

Past Recipients

Year Recipient Unit
2021 Bradley Donohue Department of Psychology
2020 Bing Zhang Department of Physics & Astronomy
2019 Daniel Allen Department of Psychology
2018 Kwang Kim Department of Mechanical Engineering
2018 Debra Martin Department of Anthropology
2018 Gabrielle Wulf Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
2013 Dennis Lindle Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
2011 Christopher Kearney Department of Psychology
2010 Alan Simmons Department of Anthropology
2008 Thomas Wright Department of History
2006 Hal Rothman Department of History
2004 Robert Boehm Department of Mechanical Engineering
2003 Joseph(“Andy”) Fry Department of History
2002 Martha Knack Department of Anthropology
2002 Mark Weinstein Department of English
2000 Virko Baley Department of Music
1998 Catherine Bellver Department of World Languages and Cultures
1998 Joseph McCullough Department of English
1996 Darlene Unrue Department of English
1995 Lawrence Golding Department of Kinesiology
1991 Maurice Finocchiaro Department of Philosophy
1990 Mohamed Yousef Department of Biological Sciences
1989 Marie France Hilgar Department of Foreign Languages
1988 James Deacon Department of Environmental and Public Affairs
1987 Sheilagh Brooks Department of Anthropology

2022 Selection Committee Members