Faculty members appointed to named and titled professorships

July 14, 2000
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ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan Board of Regents at its July 13-14 meeting appointed a number of faculty members to endowed and titled professorships.

Judith Omans Becker will be the Glenn McGeoch Collegiate Professor of Music, effective Sept. 1, 2000-
Jonathan W. Bulkley was named the Peter M. Wege Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, effective Sept. 1, 2000-
Stephen Darwall was named the John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Philosophy, effective Sept. 1, 2000-Aug. 31, 2005. He also is professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy.

Izak Duenyas will be the John Psarouthakis Research Professor of Manufacturing Management, effective Sept. 1, 2000-
Timothy L. Fort will be the Bank One Corporation Assistant Professor of Business Administration, effective Sept. 1, 2000-
Zeynep Gurhan will be the Sanford R. Robertson Assistant Professor of Business Administration, effective Sept. 1, 2000-
Philip J. Hanlon will be the Donald J. Lewis Collegiate Professor of Mathematics, effective Sept. 1, 2000-Aug. 31, 2005. He also is professor of mathematics.

Donald J. Herzog was appointed the Edson R. Sunderland Professor of Law, effective Sept. 1, 2000 for a five-year renewable term. He also is professor of law and of political science.

Donald S. Lopez Jr. was named the Carl W. Belser Collegiate Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, effective Sept. 1, 2000-Aug. 31, 2005. He also is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies and chair, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

William S. Lovejoy was named the Raymond T. J. Perring Family Professor in Business Administration, effective Sept. 1, 2000-
Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason will be the Arthur W. Burks Collegiate Professor of Information and Computer Science, effective Sept. 1, 2000-Aug. 31, 2005. He also is professor of information, of economics and of public policy.

Howard Markel will be the George E. Wantz, M.D., Professor in the History of Medicine, effective Oct. 1, 2000-Sept. 30, 2005. He also is associate professor of history and of pediatrics and communicable diseases.

Ann Leslie Milroy will be the Hans Kurath Collegiate Professor of Linguistics, effective Sept. 1, 2000-Aug. 31, 2005. She also is professor of linguistics.

Richard G. Sloan was named the Victor L. Bernard-Price WaterhouseCoopers LLP Collegiate Professor of Accounting, effective Sept. 1, 2000-
Becker has gone “from strength to strength in a career that has propelled her to the first rank of ethnomusicologists in the nation and internationally,” said James M. Borders, associate dean of the School of Music. “She is the author of four books on the music of Java written from an anthropological perspective, numerous chapters in other books, and dozens of articles published in the most prestigious musicology journals in the United States and abroad. She has been highly influential in the affairs of the Society of Ethnomusicology, holding several advisory, editorial and executive offices in the Society.”

Bulkley “has undertaken research and worked at the local, regional, state, national and international levels on issues applicable to environmental sustainability,” said Daniel A. Mazmanian, dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment. “Since 1978, he has served as a special master and a monitor for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, on water pollution cases arising from the Clean Water Act. He has represented the University as a delegate to the Universities Council on Water Resources for more than 25 years. His international research activities have focused upon water resources planning and management in the Great Lakes, as well as in Chile, England and China.”

“An internationally renowned scholar, Prof. Darwall is a leading thinker in the foundation of ethics and the history of ethics,” said Shirley Neuman, dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). “Many referees describe him as playing an influential role in setting the agenda in both subjects. He is widely acknowledged to have raised the standards in each of these fields through the application of insights and methods drawn from the other. In addition to his unusually broad research program, he has published important papers on political philosophy and human well-being, the latter of which involves interdisciplinary work in the psychology of the emotions.”

“Duenyas’ research is focused on operations management problems that are of significant industrial relevance, particularly in developing analytical models of manufacturing systems that managers can use to develop insights into the main tradeoffs that they face,” said B. Joseph White, dean of the School of Business Administration. “His particular strength, and what sets him apart, is his ability to interact with industrial sponsors, distill important problems from these interactions, and rigorously analyze them while maintaining an allegiance to the problem, instead of to analytical tractability as an end unto itself. His research record is described by colleagues as superb, important, exceptional and path-breaking.”

Fort is “a very promising scholar working in interesting and path-breaking areas of business and ethics,” White said. “His early work focuses on the idea that business is a mediating institution which must be designed to foster small communities of employees within a corporation that emphasize the relationship of self-interest to the common good. Companion to this research stream is the focus on creation of corporate codes of conduct and business ethics. A third research stream has grown out of this early work: the intersection of e-commerce and international issues requiring a code of ethics and practices attuned to the cultural, often religious, differences around the world.”

Gurhan “is one of our most promising junior scholars, who is working in the areas of consumer information processing, particularly how consumers process new information in relation to existing information about brands and country of origin,” White said. “She has a solid list of works in progress and publications in top quality journals. She is a frequent presenter at national professional conferences. She is an excellent teacher in our degree programs, earning ratings in the high 4.0s on a 5.0 scale.”

“Highly regarded in the mathematics community, Prof. Hanlon has receive many honors, including a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Sloan Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship—an award that few mathematicians receive,” Neuman said. “Prof. Hanlon has been a world leader in the field of algebraic combinatorics doing work that is both deep and influential. He has recently branched out, expanding his research program by working with the Burke/Miller group in the University’s Medical School on computational genetics, and with a group of computer scientists at North Carolina State University which has led to at least one significant result. The level at which Hanlon pursues interdisciplinary research is unique among core mathematicians in the department.”

“Prof. Herzog is a leading scholar of democratic theory,” Jeffrey Lehman, dean of the Law School, noted. “His works include ‘Without Foundation: Justification in Political Theory,’ ‘Happy Slaves: A Critique of Consent Theory’ and ‘Poisoning the Minds of Lower Orders,’ in addition to numerous essays and articles. He teaches courses in moral, legal and social theory, constitutional interpretation and the First Amendment. During his career at Michigan, Prof. Herzog has been awarded numerous prizes and fellowships for his scholarship and for his teaching.”

“Prof. Lopez specializes in late Indian Mahayana Buddhism and in Tibetan Buddhism,” Neuman noted. “In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of ‘Elaborations on Emptiness: Uses of the Heart Sutra’ (1966), ‘Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West’ (1999), ‘Buddhism’ (1999) and ‘Buddhism and Science: A Historical Critique’ (forthcoming). His edited volumes include ‘Curators of the Buddha: The Study of Buddhism Under Colonialism’ (1995), ‘Asian Religions in Practice: An Introduction’ (1999), ‘Modern Buddhism’ (forthcoming), and ‘Buddhist Scriptures’ (forthcoming). He is currently working on ‘The Madman’s Middle Way: A Translation and Study of Nagarjuna’s Intentional Adorned,’ a controversial work on Madhyamaka by dGe’dun Chos ‘phel (1903-1951).”

“Prof Lovejoy has a strong research record in the areas of product development, inventory and operational control, and managing congestion and complexity,” White noted. “He has a lengthy publication record in the profession’s top journals, is a referee for over 20 scholarly journals and serves in an editorial capacity for two prestigious journals. He has continued an active program of research in addition to his teaching responsibilities and his assumption as the department chair role in operations management.”

“In addition to his contributions to forming the School of Information, Prof. MacKie-Mason is the founding director of the Program for Research on the Information Economy, a cross-campus research program supporting multi-disciplinary research on social, economic and technical issues concerning new information technologies,” noted John L. King, dean of the School of Information. “He led the development of and currently directs the Information Economics, Management and Policy Program at the School of Information, which offers one of the first master’s degrees of its kind in the country. Prof. MacKie-Mason is the author of one book, more than 50 articles and book chapters, and is the editor of one book. He has contributed well-known pieces on taxation and corporate finance as well as his path-breaking work on the economics of information and information technologies.”

“Dr. Markel’s background as a medical historian brings a unique perspective to the University of Michigan and to the arena of academic medicine,” said Allen S. Lichter, dean of the Medical School. “His research and writings on historical trends in public health policies dealing with epidemics and quarantine have been cited by authorities in the field as significant, scholarly and thought-provoking. Dr. Markel frequently is invited to present his work at national and international venues.”

“An exceptional researcher with an international reputation, Prof. Milroy has greatly enhanced the academic atmosphere in the Program in Linguistics in every way,” Neuman said. “She is a fine teacher, an engaged colleague, and a caring mentor to both graduate students and junior faculty—a truly outstanding role model for faculty and students alike. Prof. Milroy’s area of expertise is sociolinguistics with a specialization in sound patterns in languages, how they are influenced by variables such as social class and gender, and how they change over time as a consequence of social change. She has worked primarily in English, but her interests go beyond to a concern with bilingualism, particularly the influence on the native language of speakers learning English as a second language.”

“Dr. Sloan is an excellent researcher and teacher,” White said. “Working in the areas of accounting information in equity valuation, with an emphasis on determinants of stock price response and the ability of managers to manipulate stock prices through selective disclosure of expenses and losses in earnings announcements, he publishes frequently in his profession’s top tier journals. Prof. Sloan also is an excellent teacher in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and in our Executive Education programs. Prof. Sloan is widely acknowledged as one of the top, if not the top, researcher in his field.”

Board of RegentsJudith Omans BeckerJonathan W. BulkleyStephen DarwallIzak DuenyasTimothy L. FortZeynep Gurhan