|Gurin (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)|
Professor Gurin, who joined the Michigan faculty in 1966, also is an outstanding teacher and mentor and has created a variety of courses, including one of the first about gender consciousness and social change. She helped develop the race and ethnicity requirement in the LS&A and has supported other pedagogical innovations, including the creation of joint doctoral programs in social work and social sciences, and in psychology and womens studies.
As chair of the Department of Psychology, she has vigorously promoted faculty development, introducing a variety of recruitment and mentoring strategies that have resulted in a more diverse faculty with broader interdisciplinary interests.
Professor Gurin provided strong leadership as interim dean of LS&A and has assumed other important administrative roles at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Womens Studies Program, and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. She has served on many national committees, including National Institute of Mental Health review panels, the National Commission for Working Women and
the Rockefeller Foundation Advisory Committee on Minority Single-Headed Households.
Her innovative work has led to her appointment as a Resident Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and to her continuing appointment to Michigans Society of Fellows. She also has received the Michigan Association of Governing Boards Distinguished Faculty Award and several teaching awards, including the Arthur Thurnau Professorship.
For her pioneering work in psychology; her successful efforts to build a more inclusive and more diverse University; and her visionary leadership, the University proudly recognizes Patricia Gurin as the Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Womens Studies.