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Regents Roundup

Item on faculty-student relationships presented

In an information-only item, Provost Paul N. Courant announced the finalization of a new faculty-student relationships policy that will take effect in the summer. The policy prohibits a faculty member from having supervisory responsibility over a student with whom he or she has a romantic and/or sexual relationship. Courant said in such situations the faculty member must disclose the relationship and seek resolution of the conflict of interest that arises between his or her professional responsibility and the personal relationship. Courant told regents the policy acknowledges that sometimes such relationships occur and are not always inappropriate. "These things happen, but it's very important that we manage them," he said.

Two floors of Pharmacy to be renovated

Laboratories, office spaces and building systems on two floors of the Pharmacy College Building will be renovated during the next two years. Approximately 12,000 gross square feet on the second and fourth floors of the building at 428 Church St. will be modernized and upgraded from their original construction in 1960. The roof and fire alarm detection system also will be replaced.

The project is estimated to cost $4.5 million, which will be funded from a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health as well as the College of Pharmacy and general fund resources. Integrated Design Solutions will design the project, which is scheduled to be completed in fall 2006.

Dental School elevators to be replaced

The two elevators in the 11-story research tower of the Dental School building at 1011 North University Ave. will be replaced during the next 18 months. The elevators are 35 years old. The project will be completed in phases in order to maintain continuous elevator service to the building. The $800,000 project cost will be paid for with general fund resources.

Slate roof to be replaced at Newberry hall

The 90-year-old roof on the Helen Newberry residence hall at 432 South State St. will be replaced this summer with a new slate roof system. The existing slate roof is in poor condition with numerous broken tiles and water damage. The hall will remain operational during construction. University Housing will fund the $570,000 project.

Faculty promotions and appointments with tenure

Matthew Howard, professor of social work, School of Social Work, and professor of psychiatry, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2004.

Evan Keller, associate professor of urology, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2004.

Administrative appointments

Edward Goldman, associate vice president and deputy general counsel, Office of the General Counsel, effective March 18, 2004.

Dr. David Gordon, change of title to associate dean for diversity and career development, Medical School, effective April 1, 2004.

Ada Sue Hinshaw, dean, School of Nursing, extended appointment effective July 1, 2004-June 30, 2006.

Dr. David Spahlinger, change of title to senior associate dean for clinical affairs, Medical School, effective March 1, 2004.

Laurita Thomas, associate vice president and chief human resource officer, Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective April 1, 2004.


Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, dean, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, effective April 1, 2004-June 30, 2009.

Pankaj Mallick, director, Interdisciplinary Programs, effective Sept. 1, 2003-Aug. 31, 2006.

Named professorships

Dr. Valerie Castle, Ravitz Foundation Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Medical School, effective April 1, 2004.


Cho-Yee To, professor of education in the School of Education, effective Dec. 31, 2003. To joined the University in 1967. He served as chair of the School of Education program in social foundations from 1977-79 and in 1992. He is an internationally recognized educator and has had appointments at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore, among others. He is considered a pioneer in multidisciplinary inquiry in education, incorporating physiological science and clinical technology into his research on teaching and learning, and on health and growth. He has had more than 150 articles published in a wide variety of professional journal, and many of his works have been translated into several languages.

Teshome Wagaw, professor of education in the School of Education and professor of Afroamerican and African studies in LSA, effective Dec. 31, 2003. Wagaw joined U-M in 1975. He has been a consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Ethiopian and Egyptian governments. He developed the University's first course on childbearing theory and practices in rural Ethiopia and completed a comprehensive study of the Ethiopian education system. He developed and taught courses in the areas of ethnicity and ethnic conflict, race, prejudice, equity in educational opportunity, and education outcome prejudice. His honors include two Fulbright awards.

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