Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Thomas-Brown Promoted to Associate Professor

At its May 2012 meeting the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the promotion of Karen Thomas-Brown to the rank of associate professor of education, with tenure.

Please join me in congratulating her on reaching this important professional milestone and in wishing her much continued success as she continues her professional journey.

Seong Hong Named Collegiate Professor

At the April 2012 meeting of the University of Michigan Board of regents, Seong Hong, associate professor of education, was named the Rosalyn Saltz Collegiate Professor of Education. She was recognized as the recipient at the annual campus Honors Convocation.

Collegiate Professorships, which are funded by the recipient's school or college, provide resources to reward and retain outstanding faculty. Appointment to a collegiate professorship is reserved fro a faculty member of national and often international stature who has eraned a highly distinguished record of teaching, research, and service.  These professorships are traditionally named for former faculty members who made substantial contributions while at the university.

This Collegiate Professorship is named in honor of Rosalyn Saltz, Professor Emerita, who had a long and distinguished career at UM-Dearborn. She was the first professor in Early Childhood Education and the architect of the early childhood education program at this institution. She was also the founder of a campus child-care center in 1971. That nascent effort has now developed into the nationally recognized Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) that is at the forefront of research and teacher education, as well as being a premier site for early childhood education.

It is fitting indeed that Seong Hong was selected to be the holder of the Rosalyn Saltz Collegiate Professorship in education. Seong Hong embodies all the qualities one would wish to see in a collegiate professor. She is a highly regarded scholar, known for her theoretical depth and methodological rigor; an excellent teacher and mentor, and a valuable colleague who provides exemplary leadership and service on campus and in professional organizations and societies. Taken together these characteristics make Dr. Hong someone who is recognized locally and nationally as a model for her peers and her students.

Please join me in congratulating Seong Hong on this significant professional recognition.