Stephen F. Austin State University

Regents Professor

2013/2014 Regents Professor

The title of Regents Professor is the highest honor that the university may bestow upon a member of the faculty. The honor is reserved for faculty members who are exemplary role models to the university community. The title of Regents Professor is not an academic rank and is held for one year.

Full details can be found in Regents Professor Policy (A-38)

Regents Professor (A-38)

Dr. Harry Downing

Dr. Harry Downing, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named the 2013-14 Stephen F. Austin State University Regents Professor. Reserved for exemplary role models to the university community, the title of Regents Professor is the highest honor SFA bestows upon members of the faculty. The title is held for one full academic year. Downing joined the SFA faculty in 1975 and has served as physics and astronomy chair since 1988. He has taught courses in general physics, introduction to engineering/physics, technical physics, engineering statistics, engineering dynamics and mathematical applications in physics.His many honors include Teaching Excellence Awards from both the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the College of Sciences and Mathematics; Best Pedagogical Paper from the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers; the Robert N. Little Award for Outstanding Contributions to Physics Higher Education in Texas from TSAAP; and the Outstanding Society of Physics Students Chapter Adviser Award.Downing earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Arkansas State University in 1968 and his master's and doctoral degrees in physics from Florida State University in 1970 and 1973.

Previous Regents Professors


Regent Professor

2013-2014 Dr. Harry Downing
2012-2013 Dr. Brian Oswald
2011-2012 Dr. Jimmie Yeiser
2010-2011 Dr. Hans Williams
2009-2010 Dr. Tom Segady
2008-2009 Dr. John Moore
2007-2008 Dr. Leon Young
2006-2007 Dr. Allen Richman Dr. David Creech
2005-2006 None Awarded
2004-2005 Dr. Sandra McCune Dr. Sammie Smith
2003-2004 Dr. Suzy Weems Mr. Charles D. Jones
2002-2003 Ms. Mary McCleary Dr. Robert Szafran
2001-2002 Dr. Anna Bradfield Dr. Michael Legg
2000-2001 Dr. Norman Markworth Dr. Leonard Cheever
1999-2000 Dr. Scott Bills Dr. James Corbin
1998-1999 Dr. Tom Callaway Dr. Mingteh Chang
1997-1998 Dr. Mel Finkenberg Dr. Jose Rodriguez
1996-1997 Dr. David Kulhavy Dr. Jere Jackson
1995-1996 Dr. James Kroll Dr. Donnya Stephens
1994-1995 Dr. James Towns Dr. Syliva McGrath
1993-1994 Dr. Vinay Kothari Dr. Elvia Rodriguez
1992-1993 Dr. Bobby Johnson Dr. James DiNucci
1991-1992 Dr. Gloria Durr Dr. E. Donice McCune
1990-1991 Dr. Francis E. Abernethy Dr. Thomas J. Stanly
1989-1990 Dr. Lynnette Solomon Dr. William Young
1988-1989 Dr. James G. Dickson Dr. Dillard Tinsley
1987-1988 Dr. David Petty Dr. Neal Houston
1986-1987 Dr. David W. Jones Dr. Elray Nixon
1985-1986 Dr. Archie McDonald Dr. Victor Bilan
1984-1985 Mr. William E. Arscott Dr. Alfred S. Shivers
1983-1984 Dr. June Irwin Dr. Donald Beason
1982-1983 Dr. Walter Robertson Dr. Dan Beaty
1981-1982 Dr. William Cozart Dr. Jack McCullough
1980-1981 Dr. James Garrett Dr. Robert S. Maxwell