The tour exposes the faculty, many of whom have come to the University from other states and abroad, to Michigans economy, government and politics, culture, educational systems, health and social issues, history, and geography. Designed to increase mutual knowledge and understanding between the University and the people and communities of the state, the tour introduces the participants to the areas that the majority of the Universitys students call home. The tour encourages service to the public, suggesting ways in which faculty can help address state issues through research, scholarship and creative activity.
Participants will include faculty from 13 schools, colleges and other academic units on the Ann Arbor campus, as well as representatives from the Flint and Dearborn campuses. The participants include:
Canfora Anselmo, architecture and urban planning; Bradley Smith, art and design; Kenneth Stoffers, dentistry; John King and Suresh Bhavnami, information; Jacqueline Francis, history of art; G. Keith Taylor, English; Maria Clara Cruz da Silva, geological sciences; Charles Doering, mathematics; Silvia Pedraza, sociology; Jane Hassinger, womens studies and social work; Steven Rudich and Dag K.J.E. von Lubitz, medicine; Kenneth Kiesler and Betty Anne Younker, music; Pierre Etienne Goovaerts and Emily Silverman, natural resources and environment; Michelle OGrady and Antonia Villarruel, nursing; Stephanie Taylor, pharmacy; Edith Kieffer and Dean G. Smith, public health; Mark Holter, Lydia Li and Thomas Powell, social work; Belinda Lazarus, U-M-Dearborn, education; Mark Perry, U-M-Flint, economics; Janice Brady, U-M-Flint, health professions; and Suzanne Gray, University Library.
The tour is funded by the Office of the Provost and is administered by State Outreach staff in the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations. Participants are selected from applications submitted to a faculty committee headed by Graduate School Dean Earl Lewis.
Other committee members include Frank Ascione, associate dean for academic affairs, College of Pharmacy; Carol Dickerman, director, LS&A Office of International Programs; Toby Citrin, director, Community Based Public Health, School of Public Health; Steven Goldstein, assistant dean for research and graduate studies, Medical School; Linda Katehi, associate dean for academic affairs, College of Engineering; Christina Whitman, professor of law; Barry Checkoway, director, Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning; Lewis Morrissey, director, State Outreach; and David Lossing, associate director, State Outreach, Office of the Vice President for Government Relations. Lossing also is project director.
For more information, visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~govrel/facultytours.html.