Career Development Professorships


Each year, Boston University recognizes a handful of talented junior educators emerging as future leaders within their respective fields through the award of Career Development Professorships. Made possible by the support of BU Trustees Peter Paul, Stuart Pratt and his wife Elizabeth, Richard Reidy and his wife Minda, the estate of BU School of Medicine alumnus Ralph Edwards, and BU’s Office of Technology Development, these professorships highlight the caliber, potential, and continued vitality of Boston University’s diverse faculty.

They include a three-year, non-renewable stipend designed to support scholarly or creative work, as well as a portion of the recipients’ salaries. Nominations are submitted by deans and department heads, and awardees are selected by the Office of the Provost.

  • Peter Paul Career Development Professorships are awarded University-wide.
  • The Stuart and Elizabeth Pratt Career Development Professorship highlights excellence within the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • The Reidy Family Career Development Professorship recognizes faculty members in the College of Engineering and the School of Management.
  • The Ralph Edwards Career Development Professorship focuses specifically within the School of Medicine.
  • Innovation Career Development Professorships recognize those whose translational research is likely to lead to future licensed technology.
  • East Asia Studies Career Development Professorships recognize faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Communication and the School of Management whose research is specific to East Asia.

Current Career Development Professors


East Asia Studies Career Development Professors

Edward Cunningham

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environment, College of Arts & Sciences

A China specialist, Edward Cunningham’s research in comparative political economy explores how policy and institutions affect the technology and fuel choices of Chinese and Asian corporations, and therefore the environmental intensity of their development. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his Master’s degree in Regional Studies (East Asia) from Harvard University and his doctorate in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lei Guo

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, and member of the Division of Emerging Media Studies, College of Communication

Lei Guo’s scholarship in cross-cultural journalism explores the role of new media technologies as agents of democratic development in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, utilizing social networks as data science tools to provide a clearer understanding of East Asian culture. She is a graduate of Fudan University in Shanghai and received her Master’s degree and doctorate in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.


Peter Paul Career Development Professors

Jacob Bor

Assistant Professor of Global Health, School of Public Health

Jacob Bor’s research applies the analytical tools of economics to the study of population health, focusing on the effects of HIV treatment and prevention on patients, households, communities and social policy in southern Africa. He is a graduate of Harvard College and received his doctorate and Master’s in Global Health and Population from Harvard School of Public Health.

Rachel Flynn

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, School of Medicine

Rachel Flynn’s research investigates chromosomal abnormalities and their contribution to premature aging and cancer, gaining the mechanistic insight necessary to identify the causes and ultimate treatment of human disease. She is a graduate of St. Michael’s College, received her doctorate in Biomedical Sciences at University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed her postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

Ernest Gonzales

Assistant Professor of Human Behavior, School of Social Work

Using national level data and sociological statistical modeling, Ernest Gonzales studies the impact of working during retirement years and its effect on economic disparities among older adults in the United States. He received his doctorate in Social Work from Washington University (St. Louis), his Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and his Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College.

Innovation Career Development Professor

Tim Gardner

Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Tim Gardner’s translational research in systems neuroscience bridges concepts of biology and physics to produce technology for recording neural activity in awake and behaving animals. The recipient of a Burroughs Welcome Fund Career Award and a Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, he received dual doctorates in Physics and Biology from Rockefeller University and his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Princeton University. He completed his postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Peter Paul Career Development Professors

John Marston

Assistant Professor of Archaeology, College of Arts & Sciences

John Marston studies the long-term sustainability of agriculture and land use, especially in the Mediterranean and western Asia, focusing on how people make decisions about land use within changing economic, social, and environmental settings. He received his doctorate and Master’s degrees in Archaeology from UCLA and his Bachelor’s degree from Washington University (St. Louis).

Tyler Perrachione

Assistant Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Tyler Perrachione’s highly translational research integrates basic science and clinical approaches to treat developmental disorders of language, learning and reading, specifically in the area of dyslexia. He holds a doctorate in Neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Northwestern University.

Erin Reid

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, School of Management

Erin Reid studies gender inequality and identity dynamics in work settings, focusing on how men and women cope with the time demands of work, and the implications of their coping mechanisms on both their personal lives and workplaces. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Sociology from Harvard and holds Master’s degrees from both Harvard and Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.

Stuart and Elizabeth Pratt Career Development Professor

Cornel Ban

Assistant Professor of International Relations, College of Arts & Sciences

Cornel Ban -- Career Development Professor 2Cornel Ban’s extensive scholarship and writings on international economics range from the economic aspects of transnational migration, to the political economy of crises, the latter of which he examines in an upcoming book. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Maryland and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor’s degree from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania.

Reidy Family Career Development Professor

Nachiketa Sahoo

Assistant Professor of Information Systems, School of Management

Nachiketa Sahoo’s interdisciplinary research melds computer science and social science to explore personalized information filtering and the extraction of valuable data from social media content. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master’s degree in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining from Carnegie Mellon, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India.

Ralph Edwards Career Development Professor

Hui Feng

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, School of Medicine

As Director of the Laboratory of Zebrafish Genetics and Cancer Therapeutics, Hui Feng’s research program identifies novel therapeutic targets for MYC-related cancers, which account for about 70 percent of all human cancers. A graduate of Beijing Medical University, she received her Master’s degree in Cardiovascular Pharmacology from Peking Union Medical College, her Ph.D. in Cellular Biology from the University of Georgia, and her postdoctoral training at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Innovation Career Development Professor

Ahmad Khalil

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

A Deputy Director of BU’s Center of Synthetic Biology, Ahmad Khalil’s research in systems biology and quantitative synthetic biology seeks to understand how cells process and transmit information. A recent winner of ENG’s Award for Teaching Excellence and an Institut Mérieux Research Grant Award, he received his doctorate and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.


Peter Paul Career Development Professors

Kathleen Corriveau

Assistant Professor of Human Development, School of Education

Kathleen Corriveau researches early childhood learning, focusing on children’s cognitive and social development and how they discern trustworthy sources of information. She received her doctorate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and holds Master’s degrees from Harvard and the University of Cambridge and a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University.

Valentina Perissi

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, School of Medicine

Valentina Perissi’s highly translational research focuses on the misregulation of molecular cell structures and their connection to disease states such as cancer, diabetes and other inflammatory disorders. She completed her doctorate and postdoctoral training in Molecular Pathology at University of California, San Diego and holds a degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Torino, Italy.

Cara Stepp

Assistant Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

An engineer with a joint appointment in BU’s College of Engineering, Cara Stepp integrates speech science and engineering with the goal of improving the diagnosis and rehabilitation of voice, speech and swallowing disorders. She holds a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Harvard and Engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Smith College.

James Uden

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

James Uden’s scholarship and writings extend from Roman love elegy (from the classical period to poets of late antiquity) to the satires of Juvenal, the latter of which he chronicles in a forthcoming book. He received his doctorate in Classics from Columbia University and holds a Master’s in Latin from Columbia and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Sydney.

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