Regents Roundup — February 2021


The Board of Regents approved the following items at its Feb. 18 meeting:

LSA to transfer ownership of bachelor’s degree to SMTD

LSA will transfer ownership of the Bachelor of Arts with Music Concentration degree program to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The transfer of ownership reflects the needs of students interested in pursuing a music degree, and to provide a strong foundation in the liberal arts, alongside a broad examination of musical foundations within the domains of music theory, musicology, music performance, composition and performing arts technology. The two academic units have agreed SMTD is the appropriate administrative home and that there will be no changes to the degree requirements at this time. 

UM-Flint restructures six academic departments

The College of Arts and Sciences at UM-Flint will restructure 18 academic departments into six to help improve operating efficiency and address declining enrollment. The change will take effect July 1. CAS Dean Susan Gano-Phillips established a task force in September 2020, consisting of eight faculty from across the college to fulfill its charge of presenting multiple models for faculty consideration. The task force conducted surveys, held department visits to gather feedback, examined institutional data and looked to models for effective college departmental structures outside of UM-Flint prior to proposing three models for the college to consider in November 2020. The six academic departments approved are:

  • The Department of Fine and Performing Arts: art, dance, music, theater.
  • The Department of Language and Communication: communication studies, English, foreign languages.
  • The Department of Social Sciences and Humanities: Africana studies, economics, history, philosophy, political science.
  • The Department of Behavioral Sciences: anthropology, criminal justice, psychology, sociology.
  • The Department of Natural Sciences: biology, chemistry, physics.
  • The Department of Mathematics and Applied Sciences: computer science, engineering, mathematics.

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments with tenure

Morela Hernandez, professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective Aug. 30, 2021.

F. Hollis Griffin, associate professor of film, television, and media, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Named professorships

*Deborah Loewenberg Ball, William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education, School of Education, effective Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2025.

*Debra L. Barton, Mary Lou Willard French Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, effective June 1, 2021, through May 31, 2024.

Christian Davenport, Mary Ann and Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Professor for the Study of Human Understanding, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2025.

Benjamin Hampstead, Stanley Berent, Ph.D. Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

Branko Kerkez, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2021.

Hera Kim-Berman, Robert W. Browne Professor of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, effective Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2025.

Sarah C. Koch, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2021.

Richard L. Lewis, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2021.

*Michelle L. Munro-Kramer, Suzanne Bellinger Feetham Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, effective June 1, 2023 through May 31, 2024.

Noriaki Ono, James E. Harris Collegiate Professor of Dentistry, School of Dentistry, effective Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2025.

David J. Pinsky, Cyrus and Jane Farrehi Professor of Cardiovascular Research, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

*Kenneth Resnicow, Irwin M. Rosenstock Collegiate Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health, effective Feb. 1, 2021, through May 31, 2025.

Sawsan As-Sanie, Robert K. Ferguson and Virginia A. Ferguson Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical School, effective March 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

Stephen M. Ward, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2021.

M. Remi Yergeau, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2021.

Administrative appointments

*Jody R. Lori, associate dean for global affairs and community engagement, School of Nursing, effective July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024.

*Warde Manuel, Donald R. Shepherd Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, effective March 14, 2021, through June 30, 2026.

*Bhramar Mukherjee, chair, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, effective Sept. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2024.

Henry L. Paulson, interim director, Michigan Neuroscience Institute, Medical School, effective March 1, 2021.

Acrisio M. Pires, interim chair, Department of Linguistics, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021.

Santiago D. Schnell, chair, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School, effective March 1, 2021.

**Srijan Sen, director, University of Michigan Depression Center, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Mark D. West, David A. Breach Dean of Law, Law School, effective Feb. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2023.

Other transactions

**Chris Kolb, vice president for government relations, Office of the Vice President for Government Relations, effective Jan. 19, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2025.

Charles T. McClean, Toyota Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2021, through April 30, 2022.

Dearborn campus

**Bryan C. Dadey, vice chancellor for business affairs, Office of Business Affairs, effective Feb. 1, 2021, through Jan. 31, 2024.

**Armen Zakarian, vice provost for research, effective Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2022.

Flint campus

Erin Cavusgil, Myron and Margaret Winegarden Professor, effective Sept 1, 2021.

Terrence G. Horgan, Myron and Margaret Winegarden Professor, effective Sept. 1, 2021.

Amy M. Yorke, Myron and Margaret Winegarden Professor, effective Sept. 1, 2021

**Interim approval granted


Joseph Wayne Brockbank, clinical professor of business in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, July 31, 2020. Brockbank received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Brigham Young University in 1972 and 1974, respectively, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1984. He joined U-M in 1985 and became a clinical professor of business when his teaching load transitioned to executive education. Brockbank was a world leader in the field of human resource management. With more than 100,000 participants, he and his colleagues conducted the largest continuous global research on human resource professionals and departments. He has been honored with Human Resource Management Journal’sBest Paper of the Year, the Human Resource Planning Society’s Best Research Paper of the Year and the Society of Human Resource Management’s Yoder-Heneman Award for Outstanding Research. Brockbank served as the director and core faculty of the Advanced Human Resource Executive Program and Strategic Human Resource Planning. He also was the director of the Center for Strategic HR Leadership and was faculty director of human resources executive programs in countries around the world. He was on the board of directors for the Society of Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Planning Society.

B. Craig Cornwall, clinical assistant professor of dentistry in the School of Dentistry, June 30, 2020. Cornwall received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1974 from Western Michigan University and his D.D.S. in 1978 from the University of Michigan. He joined U-M as a pre-clinical instructor in 1993 and was promoted to clinical instructor, teaching from 1994-96. After returning to the university, Cornwall served as the assistant director from 2006-12 and as director from 2012-14 of the General Practice Residency Program, and as chief of Hospital Dentistry from 2012-19. Cornwall was involved in expanding the scope of patient care services for the Hospital Dentistry Program to include management of patients with complex needs, including significant collaborative efforts with the departments of oral and maxillofacial surgery and radiation oncology as well as otolaryngology, organ transplant and oncology services, cardiac surgery, pediatrics and emergency medicine. Throughout his most recent 14 years with the university, he served as assistant course director, co-course director and course director in multiple pre-doctoral dental and dental hygiene courses and was involved in the redevelopment of the biologic and materials sciences curriculum. In 2007, he was elected to the International College of Dentists. 

Constance J. Creech, professor of nursing and interim dean of the UM-Flint School of Nursing, Feb. 28, 2021. Creech received her diploma in nursing in 1977 from the Hurley Hospital School of Nursing, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1980 from UM-Flint, and her Master of Science in Nursing degree and Ed.D. from Wayne State University in 1987 and 2005, respectively. Creech joined U-M in Ann Arbor as an adjunct clinical preceptor in 1989. She joined UM-Flint as an adjunct lecturer in 1995. She was promoted to lecturer in 1999, assistant professor in 2006, associate professor in 2012 and professor in 2018. Creech served as director of Graduate Nursing Affairs in the School of Nursing from 2005 until her appointment as interim dean in August 2020. As director of graduate nursing programs, Creech increased enrollment from 26 to more than 450 students and established the nationally accredited doctor of nursing practice programs to prepare primary and acute care adult-gerontology, psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioners. She established Master of Science in Nursing concentrations to prepare nurse leaders in management, administration and nursing education, and created post-master’s certificate programs. Her scholarship in workforce diversity and the delivery of culturally competent care for medically underserved populations provided a frequently emulated model for graduate nursing education.

Chris M. Hall, associate research scientist, earth and environmental sciences in LSA, Aug. 31, 2020. Hall received his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in 1973, a Master of Science degree in 1975 and a Ph.D. in 1982, all from the University of Toronto. He joined U-M as an assistant research scientist in 1991 and was promoted to associate research scientist in 2003. Hall was an international leader in geochronology methods and applications. He was particularly known for developing novel laboratory techniques and software that resolved long-standing analytical issues in the Ar dating of fine clay particles. Applications of that work to geologic problems in burial metamorphism, such as the smectite-to-illite transition in mudrocks and dating of low-temperature fault rocks around the world, resulted in a multitude of high-visibility publications. His unique laboratory skills and efforts were key to the success of these and other geologic studies at U-M. Throughout his time at the university, Hall oversaw the design, development and operation of a completely automated laser 40Ar/39Ar dating facility. As either the principal investigator or co-principal investigator, he was awarded 20 National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy grants. He published more than 130 papers and chapters in peer-reviewed publications.

Patricia A. Peyser, professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health, Dec. 31, 2020. Peyser received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 from the University of Vermont and her Ph.D. in 1975 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She joined U-M as an assistant professor in 1979. She was promoted to associate professor in 1985 and to professor in 1994. Peyser’s primary research focus was the epidemiology and genetics of atherosclerosis, its risk factors, including blood pressure, obesity and body fat distribution, hemostatic factors; and lipid and glucose metabolism, and their complications in diverse populations. She and her colleagues received the first National Institutes of Health grant awarded to study coronary artery calcification in the general population. Peyser’s scholarly efforts resulted in more than 200 published articles or book chapters. She developed a graduate course that integrated genetics and epidemiology and taught that course for 35 years. She also was the founding director of the Public Health Genetics Interdepartmental Concentration. Peyser served the university as a member of many committees. Nationally, she served on several study section committees as well as on the Institute of Medicine’s committee on assuring the health of the population in the 21st century. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Carl Michael Rodemer, professor of art and design in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, Dec. 31, 2020. Rodemer received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977 from Michigan State University, his Master of Arts degree in 1984 from Pennsylvania State University and his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1986 from The Ohio State University. He held faculty positions at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen, Germany, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He joined U-M as an assistant professor in 1996. He was promoted to associate professor in 2002 and to professor in 2009. Rodemer amassed a body of work that spanned a broad range of media and reflected his passion for interdisciplinary research and creative practice. A pioneer in interactive arts, he co-developed the NIQ EZ-I/O, an influential tool in the area of new media that empowered artists, musicians and engineers to more easily create their work. Rodemer’s works were exhibited and performed across the globe, and he was the recipient of two Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowships. Among Rodemer’s many accomplishments were the development of a course that combined German language instruction with sculpture and designing and leading international engagement experiences in France and Germany. Rodemer served on numerous committees and task forces across campus.

Terry J. Smith, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, and professor of internal medicine in the Medical School, Dec. 31, 2020. Smith received his undergraduate education from Tulane University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1975. He joined U-M as a professor in 2009. Smith was internationally acclaimed for his groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting basic, translational and clinical research into the pathogenesis and treatment of thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy, a disfiguring and potentially blinding autoimmune manifestation of Graves’ disease. He was the first to identify the role of CD34+ fibrocytes as the critical infiltrating cell-type in TAO and to discover that these cells promiscuously express many autoantigens underlying not only Graves’ disease but other diseases, as well. He was also the first to implicate the insulin-like growth factor I receptor in TAO and propose that targeting this receptor represented an effective therapy for the condition. His molecular studies led to two placebo-controlled, multicenter clinical trials of teprotumumab, a β-arrestin-biased agonist inhibitor of IGF-IR in severe TAO. Smith published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific and review articles and was awarded five patents. He served as chief scientific and medical directors of the National Graves’ Disease Foundation for nearly 20 years.


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