Friday, February 20, 2015

Barry Fishman recipient of Arthur F. Thurnau professorship

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On Feb. 19, U-M’s Board of Regents approved an Arthur F. Thurnau professorship to Barry Fishman, for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. Criteria for awarding the professorships 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 or artistic development, and contributions to undergraduate education beyond the classroom, studio or lab.

In the recommendation for appointment, Fishman was described as “a passionate teacher, devoted to his students, and a leader in the field of educational technology … a true creator when it comes to class design and integration of technological tools aimed at enhancing teaching and student learning.” A colleague added, "Much of what I do in my teaching owes to what I have learned from him. Barry is a trendsetter and a leader in undergraduate pedagogy on campus." In 2010, Fishman was awarded the Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize.

Arthur F. Thurnau professorships are retained by faculty members throughout their careers at U-M. Fishman was one of five faculty who received the honor on Feb. 19. Read more here.

Barry J. Fishman is Professor, School of Information; Professor, School of Education

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