Four university professors appointed in diversity and social transformation
Four University of Michigan professors have been named recipients of the University Chair in Diversity and Social Transformation, as the university moves more broadly into the next phase of strategic planning for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Created in 2019, the designation recognizes accomplished faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to the university’s ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion through their scholarship, teaching, or service and their commitment.
The chair is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and jointly administered by the National Center for Institutional Diversity and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Lilia M. Cortina, Trachette L. Jackson, Hitomi Tonomura, and Herbert G. Winful were each nominated by a UM Dean, selected by an academic committee, and recommended by the Provost for this distinction. The Board of Regents approved the appointments on July 15.
“This year’s cohort of scholars, as in previous years, has demonstrated leadership, character and passion,” said Susan M. Collins, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “These nominations are granted in recognition of the ideas and passions that have developed over the faculty’s years of research and teaching.”
Each recipient will be appointed for five years and will receive an annual stipend to support their academic and professional work. They will also receive special faculty member status at NCID and spend at least one semester as a faculty member-in-residence.
The UDSTP is designed to create a community of faculty members who have an overlapping set of academic, educational, and commitment interests aimed at developing exciting new collaborations and ideas.
“University professors of diversity and social transformation are a nationally recognized interdisciplinary group of experts,” said NCID director Tabbye Chavous, associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion and professor of psychology. at the LSA; and Professor of Education at the School of Education.
“While they represent diverse fields, they are united in transforming their fields, communities, and campus through their invaluable academic and service contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. “
Lilia M.Cortina is Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at LSA, and Professor of Management and Organizations at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. She is a leading specialist in occupational psychology, with a particular focus on the psychological consequences of negative workplace experiences, including sexual harassment, racial harassment and incivility.
Trachette L.Jackson is a professor of mathematics at LSA. She has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented minority girls, women, and students in science, technology, engineering, and math through her teaching and leadership.
Hitomi Tonomura is Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies at LSA. As a historian of pre-modern Japan and East Asia, Tonomura’s work has interrogated questions of gender and the role of women in the male-dominated culture of the samurai and the context of the medieval japanese warfare.
Herbert G. Winful is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Joseph E. and Anne P. Rowe Professor of Electrical Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the College of Engineering, and Professor of Physics at LSA. His approach has been to help as many people as possible advance in STEM-based careers – especially those whose opportunity or background has made it more difficult to achieve this goal – while creating inclusive communities, bridges and social infrastructure wherever possible.