Regents Roundup — October 2022


Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments with tenure

Mario L. Fabiilli, associate professor of radiology, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2022.

Peng Huang, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2023.

Erica S. Levitt, associate professor of pharmacology, Medical School, effective Nov. 1, 2022.

Anthony Rosenzweig, professor of internal medicine, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2022.

Named professorships

*James F. Driscoll, Arthur B. Modine Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2024.

*Vicki Ellingrod, John Gideon Searle Professor, College of Pharmacy, effective Dec. 1, 2022, through Nov. 30, 2027.

Lindsay C. Kobayashi, John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, effective Oct. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2025.

*Artemis S. Leontis, C.P. Cavafy Professor of Modern Greek Studies, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2027.

Yi M. Li, Anthony Schork Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, effective Nov. 1, 2022, through Oct. 31, 2027.

Krishnan Mahesh, Richard B. Couch Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Oct. 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2027.

Geoffrey G. Murphy, David F. Bohr Collegiate Professor of Physiology, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Katsuyo S. Thornton, L.H. and F.E. Van Vlack Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2027.

Jun Wu, Jessica Schwartz Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Administrative appointments

Zaneta Nikolovska-Colesk, associate dean for graduate and post-doctoral studies, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2022.

Robert M. Ortega, associate dean for educational programs, School of Social Work, effective Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2026.

Other transactions

Eric Barritt, change in title to senior associate vice president and chief development officer Michigan Medicine, effective Oct. 1, 2022.

Dearborn campus

The following faculty members’ appointments and tenure were transferred to the Department of Language, Culture, and the Arts in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, effective Oct. 1, 2022:

Imran Aijaz, associate professor of philosophy

Erik C. Bond, associate professor of English literature

Daniel R. Davis, professor of linguistics

William DeGenaro, professor of composition and rhetoric

Susan N. Erickson, professor of art history

J. Caitlyn Finlayson, professor of English

Jorge Gonzalez del Pozo, chair and professor of Spanish

Nicholas Iannarino, associate professor of language culture, and communication

Michelle L. Jarenski, associate professor of English literature

Timothy O. Kiska, professor of communications

Jamie S. Lee, professor of linguistics

Maureen Linker, professor of philosophy

Daniel E. Little, professor of philosophy

Michael MacDonald, associate professor of language, culture, and communication

Francia E. Martinez Valencia, associate professor of Spanish

Troy A. Murphy, associate professor of communications

Diana Y. Ng, associate professor of art history

Jennifer L. Proctor, associate professor of journalism and screen studies

Carlos E. Rodriguez-McGill, associate professor of Spanish

Elizabeth E. Rohan, professor of rhetoric and composition

Nadja Rottner, associate professor of art history

Maria Gabriella Scarlatta, professor of French

Jonathan Smith, professor of English language and literature, and professor of behavioral sciences (without tenure)

Deborah Smith Pollard, professor of English literature and humanities

Margaret K. Willard-Traub, associate professor of composition

Flint campus

**Yener Kandogan, interim dean, School of Management, effective Nov. 1, 2022.

* Reappointments

** Interim approval granted


Michael J. Flannagan, research associate professor in the College of Engineering, July 31, 2022. Flannagan received his Ph.D. degree from U-M in 1989. He joined the U-M Transportation Research Institute faculty as an assistant research scientist in 1990 and was promoted to senior associate research scientist in 2001, and research associate professor in 2003. Flannagan’s research has combined vision science and transportation data analysis to address issues in automotive safety, especially in driver visual performance. Much of his work has been on how driver vision can be improved by innovations in traditional vehicle systems and by the introduction of new systems. He has conducted a wide range of experimental work on human vision, including laboratory work and on-the-road driving studies, covering issues in visual perception, psychophysics and attention. He has studied the effects of natural light and darkness on crash risk, using the annual seasonal variations in natural light. Flannagan has been active in communicating research results, serving on several committees of the SAE Lighting Systems Group and on the Committee on Visibility Committee of the Transportation Research Board. His work has contributed to multiple U.S. and international vehicle safety standards and has supported the introduction of innovative safety systems.

Olga Gallego Smith, Collegiate Lecturer and lecturer IV in romance languages and literatures, and director of the Elementary Spanish Program in LSA, Dec. 31, 2021. Gallego received her master’s degree in Spanish in 1998 and her Ph.D. in Spanish applied linguistics in 1993 from Pennsylvania State University. She joined the U-M faculty as a lecturer and coordinator of the Elementary Spanish Program in 1994 and was appointed director of the program in 1995. Her courses on Advanced Translation and Applied Phonetics were extremely popular among U-M majors and minors. In recognition of her excellence in teaching and her innovations in the Spanish curriculum, she was honored with the Collegiate Lecturer Award in 2016. Gallego was the director of the Elementary Spanish Program for 10 years. She supervised a team of six course coordinators and oversaw the professional development of lecturers and graduate students as foreign language teachers. Her most significant contribution as the director of the Elementary Spanish Program was the implementation of a content-based approach at the novice and intermediate levels of the ELP sequence. Gallego co-authored the intermediate Spanish textbook “Más Allá de las Palabras,” designed under the communicative and content-based approaches to foreign language teaching.

Olivier J. Jolliet, professor of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health, Nov. 30, 2022.  Jolliet earned a Baccalauréat in Latin-Mathematics from the Gymnase de la Cité in Lausanne in 1978, followed by a M.S. in 1983 and Ph.D. in 1988 in physics from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland. He became an assistant professor in sustainable development at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 1999. He was appointed an associate professor of environmental health sciences at the U-M School of Public Health in 2005 and was promoted to professor in 2011. Jolliet is an internationally recognized expert in life cycle impact assessment and exposure modeling. His work on sustainable food systems culminated in his recent “Nature Foods”publication determining the minutes of healthy life gained and lost for 5,800 individual foods. Jolliet co-initiated the Life Cycle Initiative hosted by the United Nations Environment Program and leads a worldwide effort to develop a global life cycle impact assessment method. He was a lead author on chemicals in products and exposure for the United Nations Environment Programme publication Global Chemical Outlook II and co-investigator in the ExpoDat initiative with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

David M. Lubman, professor of surgery in the Medical School, Nov. 29, 2022. Lubman received his A.B. degree in 1975 from Cornell University, his M.A. degree in 1976 from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. degree in 1979 from Stanford University. He was a visiting fellow at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel, during 1980-81. At U-M, he was appointed assistant professor of chemistry in 1983, promoted to associate professor in 1987, and to professor in 1991. In 2005, he moved to the Department of Surgery in the U-M Medical Center where he became the Maud T. Lane Professor of Surgical Immunology, professor of surgery and professor of pathology, with associate appointments in bioinformatics and the Cancer Center. Lubman researched the use of lasers and mass spectrometry for detection and analysis of large proteins and DNA in patient samples and for difficult biological problems. His group has been focused on new methods for biomarker studies for early detection of cancer. Lubman was awarded a Sloan Foundation Fellowship and the Meggers Award of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been a member of more than 20 editorial boards for various journals.

Mark Madama, professor of music in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Sept. 3, 2022. Madama earned a B.A. degree from Montclair State University in 1976. He entered the academy from the professional world, where he remains active, first as a television and stage actor and then as a writer and a director in regional playhouses. Madama was a visiting professor at SMTD from 2000-02, and joined the faculty as an assistant professor of music in 2002. He was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and professor in 2021. Madama has directed numerous U-M musicals and plays and worked on the yearly “Senior Showcase,” which is presented in Ann Arbor and New York. He has been one of the resident directors at Music Theatre of Wichita for more than 20 years. Madama’s production of “Tintypes,” in which he played a leading role and directed, was awarded “Best Production” at the Dundalk International Theatre Festival. Madama co-authored a new version of the 1927 musical “Good News!” which has now been performed in more than 300 theaters in the United States, plus numerous international productions.

Carl E. Schneider, Chauncey Stillman Professor for Ethics, Morality, and the Practice of Law and professor of law in the Law School, Dec. 31, 2022. Schneider received his B.A. degree from Harvard College in 1972 and his J.D. degree from the U-M Law School in 1979. After graduating from law school, he clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Carl McGowan in the District of Columbia Circuit for a year, and then for U.S. Justice Potter Stewart in 1980. Schneider joined the Law School faculty as an assistant professor in 1981, and was promoted to associate professor in 1984 and professor in 1986. In 1998, Schneider was granted a courtesy appointment in the Medical School. He has taught courses in family law, and on a variety of topics pertaining to the relationship among law, medicine and bioethics, and he has lectured on those subjects in Japan, Germany and England. He has published in law reviews and in the Hastings Center Report. Schneider’s 1998 book, “The Practice of Autonomy: Patients, Doctors, and Medical Decisions,”has received critical acclaim. His research on the regulation of notice to consumers has great theoretical and practical significance.


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