Sidonie Smith, director of the Institute for the Humanities, has received one of the University of Michigan's top honors as Distinguished University Professor. She is now Lorna G. Goddison Distinguished University Professor of English and Women's Studies. Smith is also the Mary Fair Croushore Professor and professor of English language and literature and of women's studies.
The Board of Regents approved the appointments on May 18. They are effective Sept. 1.
Recently appointed DUPs are invited to give an inaugural lecture that highlights their work at the university. The lecture is typically delivered during the first or second full year of their appointments.
Distinguished University Professorships, established in 1947, recognize senior faculty with exceptional scholarly or creative achievements, national and international reputations for academic excellence and superior records of teaching, mentoring and service. Each professorship bears a name determined by the appointive professor in consultation with their dean.
[Excerpted from the University Record article by Safiya Merchant.]