Welcoming Emory's newest faculty

Through teaching, research, and service, Emory’s faculty educate and support the next generation of leaders who will make a positive difference in the world.

This year, 306 new faculty will embark on their Emory journeys to pursue ground-breaking research, transformative pedagogy, outstanding patient care and outreach that will enrich and engage the Emory community and beyond.

During their orientation last week, new faculty were welcomed to the university and the City of Atlanta with a celebration and reception at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, featuring messages from Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and Emory President Gregory L. Fenves. On campus, university leaders gathered with new faculty to share their excitement and advice ahead of the new academic year. 

An infographic showing 306 new faculty members with 81 tenure track and 225 clinical and research track

Click here to view a full list of new faculty by school.

City and university leaders welcomed new faculty to Atlanta and Emory:

Andre Dickens, Mayor of the City of Atlanta

“Emory is recognized internationally as one of the top universities because of its innovative research and academic programs...I am grateful for Emory’s continued partnership and major impact in Atlanta’s communities. Congratulations on joining this remarkable institution."

Gregory L. Fenves, President

“To put it simply, you are the best of the best. Everything you have accomplished in your career thus far has led you to this point. I want you to see Emory as a place where you can undertake your most ambitious and bold work. A place where you can influence new generations of leaders—where you can redefine what is possible in your fields and collaborate, across disciplines, to take on the greatest challenges of our time.”

Ravi V. Bellamkonda, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

“Oftentimes, people will ask me, ‘What does success look like to you?’ I fully believe that magic happens at a university when a student says, ‘I wonder.’ The units of success for a university are in those instances when you as a scholar do something that you’re excited about, that you think is special, and a student has an experience that makes them wonder or makes them more confident in themselves.”

Pearl Dowe, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies

"You are here because you share the same curiosity, dedication and values as the Emory community. You are here because you are devoted to your students' needs and can advance your fields. You are here because we know you will succeed and contribute to the success of your students, peers and this university."

In their own words, here's why a few faculty members chose Emory for the next step on their journey:

LaKesha Legree, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine

“I am proud and ecstatic to be joining the Emory family, particularly the School of Medicine and the Department of Anesthesiology. The department is always evolving, inspiring and contributing to the advancement of the specialty, especially with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion. I am confident that the department is ready for this melanated, enthusiastically positive persona as I bring with me a passion for the specialty as well as a unique approach to teaching, mentoring and work/life balance."

Andrew Jennings, Associate Professor of Law, School of Law

“Joining Emory is an exciting opportunity on three levels. As a scholar, I am thrilled to join a leading research university that excels across so many academic and professional domains. As a teacher of business law, I am excited to engage with students preparing for, or at least thinking about, practicing in my teaching and research areas. And on a personal level, I am looking forward to the wonderful quality of life and culture that Atlanta and the region have to offer!”

Rose Deighton-Mohammed, PhD, Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of The LINC Initiative Institute for the Liberal Arts, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

“I am so excited to begin my career at Emory, especially in the Institute for the Liberal Arts where experiential and community-engaged learning are core parts of our pedagogy. Emory students are amazing because they are always looking for ways to connect their classroom learning and community involvement. As a religion and public humanities scholar, I am eager to collaborate with students and community members in class and for research. I learn so much from our students and I am thrilled to be part of a scholarly community that takes such an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to education.”

Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, DMin, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Spiritual Formation and Ministry, Candler School of Theology

“I have spent the past fifteen years as a parish priest within The Episcopal Church, with all that entails, when so much of what we know about "the church" is changing. I believe the opportunities we have to reimagine ministry in all its wonderful and complex embodiments are actually gifts of the Spirit. Given its scope of resources and willingness to dedicate itself to preparing souls for ministry of all sorts, Emory is in a remarkable position to nurture resilience and creativity.”

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