Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Professor Michaela Zint named 2019 Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

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Professor Michaela Zint is one of six faculty members to be recognized as a 2019 Arthur F. Thurnau Professor. The professorships acknowledge outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

Criteria for Thurnau 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 on their lives, and contributions to undergraduate education beyond the classroom, studio or lab.

Zint, professor of environment and sustainability, SEAS; professor of environment, LSA and SEAS; and professor of education, School of Education, was named an Outstanding Instructor by the undergraduate Program in the Environment in 2017.

In her “Social Sciences and Environmental Problems” course, students work alongside U-M staff to develop recommendations for addressing campus sustainability challenges. Many are motivated to continue their efforts to implement their projects even after the semester has ended.

“Before working with Dr. Zint, I never saw myself doing research or having such a significant impact on the university,” one student wrote.

Zint also successfully obtained institutional approval for a new combined bachelor’s and master’s degree, which will enable a more diverse group of students to pursue an advanced degree in environmental studies.

Michaela Zint is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Professor, School of Education; Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment; Professor, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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