Five U-M faculty members named Distinguished University Professors

July 27, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Five U-M faculty members have been recognized for their outstanding teaching and service with one of the university’s most prestigious honors: the Distinguished University Professorship.

The board of regents approved the appointments July 21. They begin Sept. 1, last throughout the recipient’s period of active service at the university and may be retained after retirement.

Each professorship bears a name determined by the appointed professor in consultation with his or her dean. Newly appointed Distinguished University Professors are invited to give an inaugural lecture.

The board of regents established the Distinguished University Professorships in 1947 to recognize senior faculty members with exceptional scholarly or creative achievements, national and international reputations for academic excellence and superior records of teaching, mentoring and service.

The 2022 Distinguished University Professors are:

Eva L. Feldman, the James W. Albers Distinguished University Professor of Neurology. Her current title is the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology, and professor of neurology in the U-M Medical School.

In their recommendation letter to the regents, Laurie K. McCauley, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Michael Solomon, Rackham Graduate School dean and vice provost for academic affairs, said Feldman is an internationally acclaimed clinician-scientist and leader in health care and academic medicine.

She conducts seminal research on understanding and treating complications of diabetes and obesity, and on determining the mechanisms and treatment strategies for neurological disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

“Professor Feldman is a gifted educator and mentor who teaches fellows and residents and imparts her extraordinary clinical expertise to the next generation of health care providers. … In particular, she is an inspiration and strong advocate for women scientists and clinicians,” they wrote.

Hosagrahar V. Jagadish, the Edgar F. Codd Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His current title is the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the College of Engineering.

Edward Webb Keane Jr., the George Herbert Mead Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology. His current title is the George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Anthropology and professor of anthropology in LSA.

Peggy S. McCracken, the Anna Julia Cooper Distinguished University Professor of Medieval French Literature. Her current title is the Mary Fair Croushore Professor, Domna C. Stanton Collegiate Professor of French, Women’s and Gender Studies and Comparative Literature, and professor of French, of women’s and gender studies, and of comparative literature in LSA.

Kamal Sarabandi, the Fawwaz T. Ulaby Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His current title is the Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, and professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the College of Engineering.

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