University Marshal: Paul M. Carvey, PhD

Paul Carvey, PhD, University Marshal 2018

The designation of University marshal, the first academic official to enter the commencement hall, is among the highest honors bestowed upon a faculty member at Rush University. The marshal leads and attends to the procession ritual of the University faculty, the graduating students and the president’s party.

The marshal, bearing the University’s mace, symbolizes the authority and leadership that faculty exercise over the educational process to ensure the preparation of competent and responsible graduates. In representing the faculty, the marshal is a member held in highest esteem for significant accomplishments in teaching, research and patient care. Selection of the University marshal typically has rotated among the four colleges, and the selection process is determined by the college.

The 2018 Rush University marshal is Paul M. Carvey, PhD, dean emeritus of the Graduate College of Rush University, a professor of pharmacology and neurological sciences at Rush University and a consultant for Pharmaconsultant, Inc. Carvey, who received his doctorate in behavioral pharmacology from Rush University, has had a long and rich career at Rush, serving in a variety of academic positions since 1983, most notably as chair of the department of pharmacology from 1997-2011 and as dean of the Graduate College from 2003-2012.

Carvey has dedicated his research to Parkinson’s disease, dopamine systems in the brain and the effects of drug therapy on the brain. His research, which spans decades, has been supported by various funders, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Department of the Army, the Michael J. Fox Foundation and numerous pharmaceutical companies.

Carvey’s work has been published widely, and he has co-authored more than 100 articles in journals such as Neurology, Science, Experimental Neurology, the Journal of Biological Psychiatry, Life Sciences, Nature and Brain Research. He authored the textbook Drug Action in the Central Nervous System and has served as section editor of the Journal of Clinical Neuropharmacology and the American Journal of Therapeutics, where he also was a member of the editorial board. He has also presented nearly 200 abstracts and papers at conferences around the globe and contributed to book chapters in numerous publications.

Over the years, Carvey has received several honors. Rush University students named him Teacher of the Year several times, and he was inducted into the Mark Lepper, MD, Society of Teachers. In addition, he belongs to multiple organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Neuroscience and the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society as a charter member. He was also a charter member of the American Society for Neural Therapeutics and later served as its secretary and its president.

Prior to coming to Rush, Carvey attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in biology and psychology, with a minor in chemistry. He received his master of science degree in behavioral physiology at Creighton University. Before coming to Rush, Carvey attended the University of Iowa, where he studied neurophysiology and received his high school teaching certificate.