Office of the Provost

Arthur F. Thurnau Professorships

General Information

The Thurnau Professorships are named after Arthur F. Thurnau, a student at the University of Michigan from 1902 to 1904, and are supported by the Thurnau Charitable Trust that was established through his will. Mr. Thurnau wished to return to the University something of the value he gained from being an undergraduate on this campus. In that spirit and in his memory, the Thurnau Professorships recognize and reward faculty for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This program is designed to honor those tenured faculty whose commitment to and investment in undergraduate teaching has had a demonstrable impact on the intellectual development and lives of their students. The exceptional students coming to the University of Michigan challenge us to create a rich and diverse learning environment in which our very best faculty are an integral part of the undergraduate educational experience. The Thurnau Professorships help to recognize and reward outstanding faculty who devote their attention to this important endeavor.

Five tenured faculty members are designated annually as Thurnau Professors and hold this title for the remainder of their careers at U-M. They receive a $20,000 grant to support activities that will enhance their teaching (e.g., travel, books, equipment, GSA support).

Please read the nomination guidelines carefully. Nominations are made by any dean/associate dean/department chair or academic program director, and the awardees are selected by the Provost. If you have questions about the nomination procedure or the professorship, please call or email Deborah Meizlish, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT), (734) 763-2396 (debmeiz@umich.edu).

Thurnau Professors are recommended to the Regents at their February meeting and announced at Honors Convocation in March.

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