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Professor Mark Moldwin honored with Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship

Professor Mark Moldwin has been appointed to an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship for his contributions to undergraduate education by the U-M Board of Regents. | Short Read
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IMAGE:  Professor Mark Moldwin. Photo: Climate and Space Sciences Engineering, University of Michigan.

Professor Mark Moldwin, associate chair of the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, and professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, has been appointed to an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship.

Each year, the U-M Board of Regents recognizes and rewards a small group or tenured faculty for their contributions to undergraduate education. The Thurnau appointees receive a $20,000 grant, and hold the title through the entirety of their career at the University of Michigan. The professorships are named in honor of Arthur F. Thurnau, (U-M 1902-1904), and are supported by the Thurnau Charitable Trust established through his will.

Candidates are nominated by a dean, associate dean, department chair, or academic program director, and the nominee must be tenured faculty with an ongoing record of excellence in their approach to undergraduate education. Consideration criteria include:

  • A strong commitment to students and to teaching and learning
  • Excellence in teaching
  • Innovations in teaching and learning
  • A strong commitment to working effectively with a diverse student body
  • A demonstrable impact on students’ intellectual and/or artistic development and on their lives
  • Contributions to undergraduate education beyond the classroom, studio, or lab

According to recommendations provided to the regents by Interim Provost Paul Courant, “[Professor Moldwin] has received multiple awards for his excellent and innovative teaching. All tout his outstanding work as a mentor and supervisor to undergraduate students, and he often uses active learning strategies to create small-class environments in his large lectures.

“[Professor] Moldwin has demonstrated a deep commitment to expanding opportunities for underrepresented populations in science, including collaborating with the School of Education to prepare U-M pre-service science teachers to work in underserved urban schools. He developed a summer international research experience with the South African National Space Agency that encourages U-M students to become culturally competent engineers.

“As one colleague writes, ‘Professor Moldwin’s commitment to undergraduate education is exemplary and his impact on undergraduate students is long and lasting.’”

This past December, Mark Moldwin was the recipient of the 2016 Waldo E. Smith Award, an honor given in even-numbered years by the American Geophysical Union for “extraordinary service to geophysics.”

In addition, this year Professor Moldwin established a new Arts/Lab Student Residency in conjunction with the U-M ArtsEngine program. The Inaugural Moldwin Prize is designed for undergrad students enrolled in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning or the School of Music, Theatre and Dance interested in collaboration with students engaged in research practice in an engineering lab.

Read more about the Thurnau professorships here.

Congratulations, Mark!

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