The University Record, April 25, 1994

Regents appoint 3 faculty members to named professorships

Dumas to hold Cole Professorship

Rhetaugh G. Dumas, professor and dean of the School of Nursing, will hold the Lucille Cole Professorship of Nursing.

The Cole Professorship is one of the University’s unendowed School/College Professorships, created to honor distinguished faculty. It is named after the late Lucille Cole, the first African American faculty member in the School of Nursing.

Dumas’ appointment to the Cole Professorship, for a renewable five-year term beginning July 1, was approved by the Regents at their April meeting. She will serve as the University’s vice provost for health affairs, effective July 1. Ada Sue Hinshaw, director of the National Institute for Nursing Research, will succeed Dumas as Nursing dean.

Before coming to Michigan in 1981, Dumas held several prominent positions in the National Institute of Mental Health. Serving nearly a decade, she was the first woman, and first nurse, to serve as deputy director. She was one of 36 distinguished nurses who were the Charter Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing when it was established in 1973, and was the academy’s president in 1987–89.

Dumas has received many awards for professional achievements and community service, including the Distinguished Alumna Awards from Yale and Dillard universities.

Ellsworth first holder of Kirkland & Ellis chair

Prof. Phoebe C. Ellsworth of the Law School will become the first holder of the Kirkland & Ellis Professorship of Law. She also is professor of psychology in LS&A.

Her appointment to the professorship, effective May 1, was approved by the Regents at their April meeting.

“The professorship was established in 1993 by the Kirkland & Ellis law firm as part of its longstanding commitment to support faculties at the leading law schools of the United States,” said Law School Dean Lee C. Bollinger.

“Prof. Ellsworth is a proud example of the many ways in which joint appointments have enriched the Law School and the University, forging ever-stronger intellectual bonds between the Law School and other departments.

“Her work in psychology has made her preeminent within her fields. Her countless articles, and editorial board and review committee accomplishments are too numerous and varied to permit a fair example, let alone enumeration. Much of her psychology work has a natural affinity for the problems of law, and some is pointedly focused on legal problems.”

Ellsworth was appointed professor in the Law School and Department of Psychology in 1987.

Frier is Ransom prof

Prof. Bruce W. Frier of the Law School will become the Henry King Ransom Professor of Law. He also is professor of classics in LS&A.

His appointment to the professorship, effective May 1, was approved by the Regents at their April meeting.

“Prof. Frier is another of the interdisciplinarians who have done so much to enrich the Law School’s curriculum and scholarship in recent years,” said Law School Dean Lee C. Bollinger.

“A list of a few of his book and article titles may give some faint sense of the breadth of his interests and the ways in which he intertwines classics with modern law. Among his books are Landlords and Tenants in Imperial Rome; The Rise of the Roman Jurists: Studies in Cicero’s Pro Caecina; A Casebook on the Roman Law of Delict; and Law as Rhetoric: Cicero and the Roman Jurists.

“His teaching in the Law School, originally focused on Roman law, has expanded to include the first-year contracts course. His students and faculty colleagues benefit greatly from his teaching, research, and service in faculty affairs.”

He came to Michigan in 1969 as assistant professor in the Department of Classical Studies, was promoted to associate professor in 1975 and to professor in 1983. In 1986 he also was appointed professor of law.