Regents Roundup - May 2020

May 22, 2020

These UM-Dearborn items were covered at the May 21 U-M Board of Regents meeting.

Chancellor Domenico Grasso shared the following campus updates at the May 2020 Board of Regents meeting: 

  • UM-Dearborn's virtual commencement ceremony
  • College of Business Associate Professor Jun He’s face masks study that looked at behavior toward preventative measures during a pandemic 
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science staff producing PPE
  • CASL Associate Professor Brenda Whitehead’s older adult study during a pandemic 
  • Associate Professor Sheila Smith was awarded IOTA SIGMA PI’s, the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, Centennial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The award is given for excellence in teaching chemistry, biochemistry, or a chemistry-related field. 

At the meeting, the following personnel actions were approved.

Joint or additional appointments or transfers of regular associate or full professors and selected academic and administrative staff:

Ghassan T. Kridli, associate dean for undergraduate education, CECS, effective September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022 and interim dean, CECS, effective September 1, 2020 (also associate dean for undergraduate education, and professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, with tenure). 
Maria Gabriella Scarlatta, associate dean, CASL, effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023 (also professor of French, with tenure).
Mitchel A. Sollenberger, associate provost for undergraduate education and student success, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 (also professor of political science, with tenure, CASL).
Jorge González del Pozo, chair, Department of Literature, Philosophy and the Arts, CASL, effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023 (also professor of Spanish, with tenure).
Georgina S. Hickey, chair, Department of Social Sciences, CASL, effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023 (also professor of history, with tenure). 
Karen S. Strandholm, interim chair, Department of Management Studies, COB, effective April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 (also associate professor of strategic management, with tenure).

Other personnel transactions for regular instructional staff and selected academic and administrative staff:

Ann Yolonda Lampkin-Williams, correction to effective dates of appointment, dean, CEHHS, effective July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Promotions to the Ranks of Professor and Associate Professor, 2020-2021:

CASL

Joshua M. Akers, associate professor, Geography and Urban and Regional Studies, with tenure 
Patrick D. Beauchesne, associate professor, Anthropology, with tenure 
Amy Brainer, associate professor, Women's and Gender Studies, with tenure, and associate professor, Sociology, with tenure 
Hans J. Czap, associate professor, Economics, with tenure 
Natalia V. Czap, professor, Economics, with tenure 
Thomas M. Fiore, professor, Mathematics, with tenure 
Nicholas Iannarino, associate professor, Language, Culture, and Communication, with tenure 
Kalyan Kondapalli, associate professor, Biology, with tenure 
Emily O. Matthews-Luxon, associate professor, Political Science, with tenure 
Carmel Price, associate professor, Sociology, with tenure 

CEHHS

David R. Hill, associate professor, Education, with tenure
Natalie R. Sampson, associate professor, Health and Human Services, with tenure 
Karen A. Thomas-Brown, professor, Education, with tenure 

CECS 

Mathumai Kanapathipillai, associate professor, Mechanical Engineering, with tenure 
Hafiz Malik, professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, with tenure
Samir A. Rawashdeh, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, with tenure

Retired faculty

Gail R. Luera, professor, Education, with tenure, CEHHS, June 30, 2020
Jacqueline Vansant, professor, German, Department of Language, Culture, and Communication, with tenure, CASL, April 30, 2020

Retirement memoirs

Kirk Philipich, D.B.A., associate professor of accounting and finance, COB, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 2019.

The follow gifts of $10,000 or more were included in the Regents’ report:

March
John P. Junge Estate
$1,147,132 in support of Junge Family - JRLA Endowed Scholarship Fund

April
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, $50,000 in support of Maize and Blue Math Circle

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