Regents approve appointments to professorships

July 15, 1999

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan Regents, at their July 15 meeting, approved the following appointments to endowed and titled professorships.

Nancy E. Burns, associate professor of political science, will hold the Henry Simmons Frieze Collegiate Professorship, effective Sept. 1.

Rebecca S. Eisenberg, professor of law, will hold the Robert and Barbara Luciano Professorship of Law, effective Sept. 1.

Susan Gelman, professor of
psychology, will hold the Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professorship, effective Sept. 1.

Gary D. Glick, professor of chemistry, will hold the Werner E. Bachman Collegiate Professorship of Chemistry, effective Sept. 1.

Fiona Lee, assistant professor of business administration and assistant professor of psychology, will hold the Sanford R. Robertson Assistant Professorship of Business Administration, effective Sept. 1.

William G. Mitchell, professor of corporate strategy and international business, will hold the Jack D. Sparks-Whirlpool Corporation Research Professorship of Business Administration, effective Sept. 1.

Carl E. Schneider, professor of law and professor of internal medicine, will hold the Chauncey Stillman Professorship for Ethics, Morality, and the Practice of Law, effective Sept. 1.

Frederick B. Talbot, professor of operations management, will hold the Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professorship of Business Administration, effective Sept. 1.

James P. Walsh, professor of organizational behavior and human resource management and corporate strategy, will hold the Gerald and Esther Carey Professorship of Business Administration, effective Sept. 1.

Burns has “published widely in the fields of urban politics, political participation, and gender and politics,” said Patricia Y. Gurin, interim dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. “Her book, ‘The Formation of American Local Governments: Private Values in Public Institutions,’ was published by Oxford University Press in 1994. She is currently completing a second book on the role of social institutions, such as work places and non-political organizations, in fostering and limiting women and men’s political involvement. Prof. Burns has earned the respect of her colleagues as well as her students.”

Eisenberg is “a superb interdisciplinary scholar and teacher,” said Jeffrey S. Lehman, dean of the Law School. “At Michigan she has taught courses in torts, and on a variety of topics pertaining to the legal protection of intellectual property, with particular emphasis on the subjects of technology transfer and of the impact of granting patent rights with respect to the human genome. She has published extensively, in law reviews and in scientific publications, and she has presented the results of that research at workshops around the world. She has served as a member of several different working groups and committees for the National Institutes of Health.”

Gelman is “an internationally acclaimed developmental psychologist whose work focuses on the ways children organize their knowledge and experiences, and particularly on the role that language plays in the process or organization,” Gurin said. “Prof. Gelman has been recognized as one of the nation’s most promising developmental psychologists. Her promise has been realized in an extraordinary scholarly record, one that continues to be validated by a variety of awards. Among her numerous publications are two book chapters commissioned from the very best researchers in the field.”

Glick is “widely regarded as a major figure and leader in the area of chemical biology,” said Gurin. “He has uniquely combined research expertise in organic chemistry and structural biochemistry, which enables him to solve important problems in medicine and biological systems. An effective and dynamic teacher, Prof. Glick has contributed a great deal to the development of a new curriculum in chemical biology at the graduate level. His scholarly contributions have been recognized by a number of prestigious awards. He possesses a keen intellect and outstanding command of chemistry coupled with originality and insight.”

Lee is “one of our most promising junior scholars, who is working in the areas of learning in organization and group dynamics and development,” said B. Joseph White, dean of the School of Business Administration. “She has an impressive 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 both the Business School and the Department of Psychology. And she has already served on three dissertation committees since joining the U-M faculty. Finally, she serves as a reviewer on several of her profession’s top journals.”

Mitchell is “an accomplished researcher working in the area of business growth and survival in technology-intensive industries, emphasizing inter-firm linkages,” White said. “He has an extensive list of refereed publications in some of the most prestigious journals in his field. He was one of the key influences in the School reviewing and renovating our computing services area. His leadership of the Information Resources Committee led to improved computing services to faculty, staff, and students, upgrading classrooms to provide the latest video technology, and beginning a process of long-range strategic planning for future technology in the School.”

Schneider is “a superb interdisciplinary scholar and teacher,” Lehman said. “At Michigan 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 lecture on those subjects in Japan, Germany, and England. He has published extensively, in law reviews and in the Hastings Center Report. His recent book, ‘The Practice of Autonomy: Patients, Doctors, and Decisions,’ has received critical acclaim. His current research on the relationship between professional education and the pursuit of a moral life, holds enormous promise.”

Talbot is “an excellent teacher, receiving consistently high ratings from students and remaining one of the key faculty leaders in our Executive Education programs,” White said. “His professional contributions to the field of manufacturing education and research have been outstanding. While moving toward an administrative focus over the past several years, he has maintained his strong academic presence. In addition to consulting with major manufacturing firms such as General Electric, Steelcase, Westinghouse and Coca-Cola, he has maintained a strong record of publishing and presenting his work.”

Walsh is “an excellent researcher and teacher,” according to White. “Working in the areas of corporate governance in transitional economies and the relationship between internal corporate practices and equity reorganizations, he publishes frequently in his profession’s top tier journals. He is also an excellent teacher in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, where his ratings fall consistently above departmental average, and in our Executive Education programs. Prof. Walsh is extremely active in service to both the School and to his profession.”


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