The following actions also were taken at the March 23 Board of Regents meeting.
Two Dearborn academic calendars revised for Spring Commencement
The University of Michigan has revised two of its academic calendars for the Dearborn campus to move the dates of Spring Commencement by one day. For 2023-24, commencement has been moved from April 28 to April 27. For the 2024-25 academic calendar, commencement has been moved from April 27 to April 26. The two academic calendar schedules have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate faculty and administrative groups and meet the established campus criteria for developing the academic calendar.
— Hanna Quinlan, Public Affairs
Ann Arbor campus
Faculty appointments with tenure
Saif Benjaafar, professor of industrial and operations engineering, College of Engineering, effective Aug. 28, 2023.
Catherine Kaczorowski, professor of neurology, Medical School, effective March 1, 2023.
Christopher R. Vermillion, associate professor of mechanical engineering, College of Engineering, effective Aug. 28, 2023.
Saif Benjaafar, Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Aug. 28, 2023, through Aug. 27, 2028.
Catherine Kaczorowski, Elinor Levine Professor of Dementia Research, Medical School, effective March 1, 2023, through Aug. 31, 2027.
Lewis Morgenstern, Milton and Carolyn Kevreson Research Professor of Neurology, Medical School, March 1, 2023, through Aug. 31, 2027.
Christianne Myers, Claribel Baird Halstead Collegiate Professor, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, effective June 1, 2023, through May 31, 2026.
Daniel Myers, Conrad and Caroline Jobst Research Professor of Vascular Surgery, Medical School, effective March 1, 2023, through Aug. 31, 2027.
*Scott A. Piper, Norma L. Heyde Faculty Development Professor of Voice, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, effective June 1, 2023, through May 31, 2028.
*Lonnie D. Shea, Steven A. Goldstein Collegiate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, effective April 1, 2023, through March 31, 2028.
Sekhar C. Sripada, Theophile Raphael Research Professor of Clinical Neurosciences, Medical School, effective March 1, 2023, through Aug. 31, 2027.
Akbar Waljee, Lyle C. Roll Professor, Medical School, March 1, 2023, through Aug. 31, 2027.
Lei Zuo, Herbert C. Sadler Collegiate Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, effective March 1, 2023, through Feb. 29, 2028.
Joshua M. Arens, chair, Air Force Officer Education Program, effective Aug. 1, 2023, through July 31, 2026.
Richie C. Hunter, vice president for communications, Office of the Vice President for Communications, effective May 15, 2023, through June 30, 2028.
Roman Kapuscinski, senior associate dean for faculty and research, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026.
Arthur Lupia, associate vice president for research-large scale strategies, Office of the Vice President for Research, effective March 1, 2023, through Aug. 31, 2024.
Catherine Shakespeare, associate dean for undergraduate programs, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026.
Gretchen M. Spreitzer, associate dean for executive and corporate relations, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026.
Srinivasaraghavan Sriram, associate dean for graduate programs, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026.
*Yung-Jin Carolyn Yoon, associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026.
Stephanie D. Teasley, extension of intergovernmental personnel assignment leave of absence, effective April 26, 2023, through April 25, 2024.
Gregory Christman, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Medical School, Feb. 28, 2013. Christman received his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1983 and completed his OB/GYN residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in 1987. He then completed a T32 NIH Clinical Research Training Fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at U-M’s Reproductive Sciences Program. Christman completed his reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellowship at the University of North Carolina then joined U-M’s faculty in 1992 as an assistant professor. He received the Berlex Scholar Award for Basic Science Research in 1993. He was promoted to associate professor in 2002. Christman is board-certified in REI and has research interests in translational studies to improve the care of women with endometriosis, leiomyomas, anovulation and infertility. In 1996, he was appointed assistant research scientist in the Reproductive Sciences Program where he served through 2012. Christman also was program director of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Program from 2006-08. Christman has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications in prominent journals. Christman has served as an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2005 and received the U-M League of Research Excellence Award in 2011.
Mark S. Kaminski, professor of internal medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Medical School, Feb. 14, 2023. Kaminski earned his M.D. from Stanford University in 1978. He completed a fellowship in medical oncology at the Stanford University Hospital in 1985. He then joined the U-M faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 1993 and to professor in 1999. Kaminski was co-director of the Leukemia/Lymphoma & Bone Marrow Transplant Program and director of the Multidisciplinary Lymphoma Clinic at the Comprehensive Cancer Center. He also served on the Cancer Center Pharmacy Committee and Cancer Center Protocol Review Committee. Kaminski has dedicated 25 years to serving as a panel member on the National Cancer Center’s Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma panels. He was the principal investigator for numerous grants and clinical trials related to developing novel strategies for treating lymphoma. He has published hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, as well as numerous book chapters, and was an editorial board member of several respected journals. Kaminski received the Dean’s Award for Achievement in Clinical Research from the Medical School in 2005.
John J. LiPuma, James L. Wilson, M.D., Research Professor of Pediatrics and professor of pediatrics in the Medical School, March 31, 2023. LiPuma received his undergraduate degree from Canisius College in 1976, his M.D. from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1980, and an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Gent, Belgium, in 2015. He completed his pediatric residency in 1983 and his fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases in 1986 at U-M. LiPuma was an assistant professor and then associate professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, before joining U-M as an associate professor of pediatrics in 1999. He was appointed associate professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health in 2001. In 2011, he was named the James L. Wilson, M.D., Research Professor of Pediatrics and was promoted to professor of pediatrics in 2003. LiPuma has held administrative roles including director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases from 2012-21, associate chair for research from 2004-14, chief of service for Pediatric Infectious Diseases at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital from 2014-21, and director of research space management in the Department of Pediatrics from 2014-21. LiPuma has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and holds two patents.
Jonathan Smith, professor of English in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, UM-Dearborn, April 30, 2023. Smith received his B.A. from Rice University in 1984 and his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1985, 1988 and 1990, respectively. He joined UM-Dearborn as an assistant professor in 1991, and was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and to professor in 2005. In 2002, he was named the Jack Williamson Visiting Professor in Science and the Humanities at Eastern New Mexico University. He became the Dearborn campus’ ninth William E. Stirton Professor, the campus’ highest faculty honor, in 2012. The 2008 recipient of UM-Dearborn Distinguished Research Award, Smith has published two books and co-edited two volumes of primary source material. From 2002-05, he led a team from the Dearborn campus and The Henry Ford that developed a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded website. Smith also served on numerous departmental, college, campus and university committees, as associate dean of CASL from 2006-09, as chair of the Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts from 2011-16, and as chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences from 2016-22.
Deborah Smith Pollard, professor of English literature and humanities in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, UM-Dearborn, April 30, 2023. Smith Pollard received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1994. She joined UM-Dearborn as an assistant professor in 1995, and was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and to professor in 2012. Smith Pollard has written two books, and her articles have been published in several anthologies. Her work on African American literature has appeared in peer-reviewed journals. A founding member of the African and African American Studies Program and its director for six years, she created and taught popular courses. She has overseen 20 independent study projects and assisted 12 students with Meeting of Minds undergraduate presentations. She served as chair of the Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts, co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and a member of CASL’s Executive Committee and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Her teaching and research have overlapped with her more than 40-year run as a gospel radio personality in Detroit. She has earned a national Stellar Award as the Gospel Announcer of the Year in 2004 and the Michigan Heritage Award in 2021.
Elizabeth J. Taylor, librarian and head of Library Technical Systems in the Mardigian Library, UM-Dearborn, Jan. 31, 2023. Taylor received her B.A. in history from Michigan State University in 1987 and her M.I.L.S. from U-M in 1990. She joined UM-Dearborn in 1992 as an assistant librarian and was promoted to librarian in 2006. Initially serving as cataloger in the technical services department, she became head of that department in 2001. She held that position until 2020, when the department was combined with systems, and continued as head of the combined department until her retirement. Taylor managed and coordinated with staff in Ann Arbor on the massive Google digitization project, which was an interdepartmental project within the Mardigian Library as well as the Armenian Research Center. She also managed major cataloging projects including the Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archives, the Juvenile Historic collection, and the Armenian Research Center cataloging project. Taylor served on the Faculty Senate and several library, campus and university committees, as well as statewide library professional groups. She taught library classes on several topics throughout the state and presented at conferences.
Margaret K. Willard-Traub, associate professor of composition in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, UM-Dearborn, Jan. 31, 2022. Willard-Traub received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980, her M.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1991, and her Ph.D. degree from U-M in 1998. Willard-Traub was an assistant professor and then associate professor of rhetoric at Oakland University, before joining the UM-Dearborn faculty as director of the writing program and an associate professor of composition and rhetoric in 2006. Willard-Traub served as director of the writing program and writing center from 2006-12, and as director of the writing program again from 2017-18. She is a nationally known researcher in feminist rhetoric, scholarly memoirs, writing assessment, and transnational and multilingual writing pedagogies, having published numerous articles and book chapters in these areas. Her current scholarship addresses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the decision-making and reflective processes of faculty and administrators at post-secondary institutions nationwide. Willard-Traub played an instrumental role in developing the university’s writing-intensive curriculum. She served as a member and chair of numerous Faculty Senate committees and representative to the Faculty Senate Council.
David Yoon, associate professor of computer and information science in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, UM-Dearborn, April 30, 2023. Yoon received his B.A. in statistics in 1975 from The State University of New York at Buffalo, and his M.A. in mathematics in 1980 and his Ph.D. in computer science in 1989 from Wayne State University. He joined the UM-Dearborn faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, and an assistant professor of computer and information science in 1990. He was promoted to associate professor in 1995. Yoon specialized in cloud computing, cloud programming, computer graphics and data analytics. He was a visiting scholar at Ford Motor Co.’s Scientific Research Lab. He published more than 80 articles in journals and conferences, and received grants from Motorola, Ford and Daimler-Chrysler to support his research. Yoon served as program director for the Master of Science program in computer and information science for many years and advised numerous students. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in computer graphics, compiler design, computer organization and assembly language, data structures and algorithm analysis, and discrete structures.
— Compiled by Katie Kelton, The University Record