College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters History of the College

From the beginning of the Dearborn Center of the University of Michigan, as it was called at first, there was “an intent to provide a full schedule of daytime courses in Engineering, Business Administration, and the Liberal Arts and Sciences” (Report by the University’s Dean of Statewide Education, January 1957). On January 10, 1958, the Regents approved the creation of the Division of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) as an official academic division. Full programs in the liberal arts began in Fall 1960; by Fall 1965 the LSA Division was the largest academic unit on the Dearborn Campus, a distinction which continues to the present.

When it became a four-year undergraduate institution in 1971, the Campus was designated the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn). Two years later, the Regents approved a new set of UM-Dearborn Bylaws, in which the Department of Education became a separate division, and the LSA Division became the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL), administered by a Dean. CASL now consists of six multidisciplinary departments: Behavioral Sciences; Language, Culture, and Communication; Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts; Mathematics and Statistics; Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Mission Statement

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters inspires and equips its students, through education in the liberal arts, to be servant leaders in society at large and for the resurgence and renewal in southeast Michigan. The College fulfills its mission by providing rigorous and intellectually challenging educational experiences rich in critical thinking, collaborative and reflective learning, civic engagement, and personal interaction with high quality and dedicated faculty. The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters promotes the value of life-long intellectual growth and development, rational and respectful discourse, living and leading in multicultural societies, striving for justice and fairness, and in gaining a global perspective.

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Graduate Programs

Graduate programs in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters engage a diverse, highly motivated, and talented student body in disciplined and sustained study for both intellectual and vocational purposes. In particular, these programs are designed to equip students with the intellectual resilience required for the complex challenges of a changing world—and for the intersecting domains of professional activity, citizenship and public policy, and life-long learning.

Building on the talents of a distinguished faculty of teacher-scholars and the resources of the region, these programs fulfill two broad liberal arts functions. They enlarge, deepen, and refine students’ knowledge and awareness. They also develop students’ analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Most emphasize interdisciplinary perspectives and methods, a hallmark of the College, in the conviction that multiple perspectives yield richer analytical contexts. Most offer small classes, close interaction with faculty, and special sensitivity to issues that have regional significance. Whether specifically oriented to a particular profession or not, these programs try to accommodate the interests and needs of working adults through convenient scheduling, customized plans of study, and thoughtful advising. Partnerships with the broader community provide opportunities for the dissemination and application of knowledge, and for collaborative projects. For example, our students might develop problem-solving applications for industrial and scientific settings like those in southeastern Michigan, use the Rouge River watershed as a laboratory for environmental concerns, or work with nearby healthcare providers.

CASL offers five graduate degrees: Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Master of Science in Environmental Science, Master of Science in Psychology with Specializations in Health Psychology and Clinical Health Psychology, Master of Public Administration.

Following are descriptions of each program’s mission, admission standards, and requirements. For additional information see the Graduate Programs page.

Administration

Martin J. Hershock, PhD, Dean

Michael Lachance, PhD, Associate Dean

Gabriella M. Scarlatta, PhD, Associate Dean

Nada Bachir, BA, Assistant to the Dean

Susan Gedert, BA, Communications Editor and Alumni Affiliate Coordinator

Rita Gordon, MA, Administrative Director

Ellen Judge-Gonzalez, MA, Director, Student Outreach and Academic Resources (SOAR Program)

Nicole Lennon, BA, Administrative Assistant

Patricia Martin, MPA, Cooperative Program Manager

Lisa Morrow, MBA, Financial Analyst

Giannina Wilson, MA, Academic Program Manager

Morgan Yuncker, BA, Outreach Marking and Event Coordinator

Chairs and Directors

Francine Banner, Director, WILL Program

Merilee Benore, Director, Behavioral and Biological Sciences

Scott DeGregorio, Director, Honors Program

Ivy Forsythe-Brown, Director, African American and African Studies and Center for Ethnic and Religious Studies

Jorge Gonzalez del Pozo, Chair, Language, Culture, and Communication

Georgina Hickey, Interim Chair, Natural Sciences

Sally Howell, Director, Center for Arab American Studies

Daniel Lawson, Director, Masters of Science-Environmental Science

Michelle Leonard, Director, Psychology Graduate Program

Lisa Martin, Director, Women's and Gender Studies

Joan Remski, Director, Applied and Computational Mathematics

Lara Rusch, Director, Urban and Regional Studies Program

Ara Sanjian, Director, Center for Armenian Studies

Donald Shelton, Director, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Jonathan Smith, Chair, Behavioral Studies

Deborah Smith-Pollard, Chair, Literature, Philosophy and the Arts

David Susko, Director, Environmental Interpretative Center

John Taylor, Director, Writing Center

Dale Thomson, Chair, Social Sciences

Jamie Wraight, Program Advisor, Liberal Studies

Jennifer Zhao, Chair, Mathematics and Statistics

Professors Emeriti

Akiyama, Michael, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Anderson, Donald F., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Axsom, Richard, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Art History

Bjorn, Lars, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Bogin, Barry A., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Bond, Donald J., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Brown, James W., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Clark, Elaine G., PhD, Professor Emerita of History

Constant, John G., PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music

Crowell, Elizabeth, PhD, Associate Professor Emerita of Economics

Dahlke, Richard M., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Mathematics Education

DeCamp, Mark, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Emery, Allan, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Fakler, Robert, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Fink, John F., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Flax, Neil M., PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and German

Gardner, Gerald, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Garland, Frank, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Gillespie, John, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Statistics

Grewe, Eugene, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric and English Composition

Gruber, James, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Heady, Judith, PhD, Associate Professor Emerita of Biology

Higgs, Elton, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature

House, Gloria, PhD, Professor Emerita of African and African American Studies and Humanities

Höft, Margret, PhD, Professor Emerita of Mathematics

Jacobs, Claude, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Sciences

James, David A., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Kamachi, Noriko, PhD, Professor Emerita of History

Klein, Bernard W., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Kotre, John, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Lee, Dorothy A., PhD, Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and English

Lempert, Lora Bex, PhD, Professor Emerita of Sociology

Lyjak, Robert, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science

Massey, Frank J., PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science

Milles, Stephen, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Mathematics Education

Moerman, Daniel, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Morash, Ronald P., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Mostafapour, Kazem, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Chemistry

Nadasen, Arunajallam, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Norman, Richard, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology

Otto, Charlotte, PhD, Professor Emerita of Chemistry

Papazian, Dennis, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History

Papp, F.J., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Pearson, Sheryl S., PhD, Professor Emerita of English Literature

Pebworth, Ted-Larry, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature

Perlove, Shelley K., PhD, Professor Emerita of Art History

Peter, Philip H., PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music

Proctor, Donald, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History

Radine, Lawrence, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Roehl, Richard, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Economics

Rubenstein, Rheta N., PhD, Professor Emerita of Mathematics

Sayles, Edward, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Schaum, Melita, PhD, Professor Emerita of English Literature

Schneider, Michael J., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Biology

Simpson, Robert, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Environmental Science

Snabb, Thomas E., PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Statistics

Spinelli, Emily L., PhD, Professor Emerita of Spanish

Stern, Jeffrey, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Summers, Claude, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature

Tai, Julia C., PhD, Professor Emerita of Chemistry

Tentler, Leslie W., PhD, Professor Emerita of History

Thomson, William, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Twomey, Michael, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Economics

Verhey, Roger, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Woodward, Wayne, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Communication

Faculty

Barak, Maya, PhD, American University, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Brainer, Amy, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology

Lacey, Krim, PhD, Wayne State University, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies

Lawson, Terri, PhD, Rice University, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies

Roddy, Juliette K., PhD, Wayne State University, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Department of Behavioral Science

Aronson, Pamela, PhD, University of Minnesota, Professor of Sociology

Banner, Francine, JD, PhD, Arizona State University, Associate Professor of Sociology

Beauchesne, Patrick, PhD, University of California Berkeley, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Chatkoff, David, PhD, University of Southern Mississippi, Associate Professor of Psychology

Chenoweth, John, PhD, University of California Berkeley, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Clark-Foos, Arlo, PhD, University of Georgia, Associate Professor of Psychology

Dolins, Francine, PhD, University of Stirling (Scotland), Associate Professor of Psychology

Draus, Paul, PhD, Loyola University, Professor of Sociology

Early, Kevin, PhD, University of Florida, Associate Professor of Sociology

Forsythe-Brown, Ivy, PhD, University of Maryland, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Hymes, Robert W., PhD, Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Psychology

Leonard, Michelle, PhD, Wayne State University, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Liu, ZhongXu, PhD, University of Toronto, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Loeb, Roger C., PhD, Cornell University, Professor of Psychology

McAuslan, Pamela, PhD, Wayne State University, Associate Professor of Psychology

McKenna, Brian, PhD, Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Patel, Nehal, JD, PhD, Northwestern University, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Pecina, Susana, PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Psychology

Price, Carmel, PhD, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Reppond, Harmony, PhD, University of California at Santa Cruz, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Sethuraman, Nitya, PhD, University of California at San Diego, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Sheldon, Jane, PhD, University of Michigan, Professor of Psychology

Shelton, Donald, JD, PhD, University of Nevada, Associate Professor of Sociology

Siefert, Caleb, PhD, Adelphi University, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Straub, Richard O., PhD, Columbia University, Professor of Psychology

Swift, Dan J., PhD, University of New Hampshire, Associate Professor of Psychology

Waung, Marie, PhD, Ohio State University, Professor of Psychology

Wellman, Rose, PhD, University of Virginia, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Whitehead, Brenda, PhD, University of Notre Dame, Associate Professor of Psychology

Wrobel, Nancy, PhD, Wayne State University, Professor of Psychology

Department of Language, Culture and Communication

Calzada-Orihuela, Sofia, PhD, University of Maryland, Lecturer IV of Spanish

Davis, Daniel, D.Phil., Oxford University, Professor of Linguistics

DeGenaro, William, PhD, University of Arizona, Professor of Composition and Rhetoric

Dika, Rifaat, PhD, Wayne State University, Lecturer IV of Arabic

Gilmore, H. James, MA, University of Iowa, Clinical Associate Professor of Communication

González del Pozo, Jorge, PhD, University of Kentucky, Professor of Spanish

Iannarino, Nicholas, PhD, University of Kentucky, Assistant Professor of Communication

Kiska, Timothy, MA, Wayne State University, Associate Professor of Communication

Lee, Jamie, PhD, University of Illinois, Associate Professor of Linguistics

Luckett, Anthony, MA, Wayne State University, Lecturer III of Film Studies

Luthra, Rashmi, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor of Communication

MacDonald, Michael Tyler, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric

Mannion, Jerilyn, MA, Bowling Green State University, Lecturer IV of French

Martinez-Valencia, Francia Eliana, PhD, University of Alabama, Associate Professor of Spanish

Murphy, Troy, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Associate Professor of Communication

Petrak, Samantha, MA, Bowling Green State University, Lecturer IV of Spanish

Potvin, Phillip, MFA, Bennington College, Lecturer IV of Composition and Rhetoric

Proctor, Jennifer, MFA, University of Iowa, Associate Professor of Journalism and Screen Studies

Pérez, Marissa, MA, University of Michigan, Lecturer IV of Spanish

Rodríguez-McGill, Carlos, PhD, Ohio State University, Associate Professor of Spanish

Rohan, Elizabeth, PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Professor of Composition and Rhetoric

Scarlatta, Gabriella M., PhD, Wayne State University, Professor of French

Vansant, Jacqueline, PhD, University of Texas-Austin, Professor of German

Willard-Traub, Margaret, PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Composition and Rhetoric

Department of Literature, Philosophy and the Arts

Aijaz, Imran, PhD, University of Auckland (New Zealand), Associate Professor of Philosophy

Bond, Erik, PhD, New York University, Associate Professor of English Literature

Erickson, Susan N., PhD, University of Minnesota, Professor of Art History

Finlayson, J. Caitlin, PhD, University of Toronto, Associate Professor of English Literature

Hughes, Paul, PhD, University of Illinois-Chicago, Professor of Philosophy

Jarenski, Michelle, PhD, Loyola University Chicago, Associate Professor of English Literature

Lambert, Julie, MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Lecturer of Applied Art

Linker, Maureen, PhD, City University of New York, Professor of Philosophy

Ng, Diana, PhD, University of Michigan, Assistant Professor of Art History

Rottner, Nadja, PhD, Columbia University, Assistant Professor of Art History

Skrbina, David, PhD, University of Bath, Lecturer of Philosophy

Smith, Jonathan, PhD, Columbia University, William E. Stirton Professor of Professor, English Language and Literature, and Behavioral Sciences

Smith Pollard, Deborah, PhD, Michigan State University, Professor of English Literature and Humanities

Stojkovski, Velimir, PhD, Marquette University, Lecturer of Philosophy

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Agarwal, Mahesh, PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Cengiz-Phillips, Nesrin, PhD, Western Michigan University, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Clifford, John H., PhD, Michigan State University, Professor of Mathematics

Dabkowski, Michael, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Fiore, Thomas, PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Georgieva-Hristova, Yulia, PhD, Texas AM University, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Jabbusch, Kelly, PhD, University of Washington, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Kim, Hyejin, PhD, University of Maryland College Park, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Krebs, Angela, PhD, Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and Mathematics

Lachance, Michael A., PhD, University of South Florida, Professor of Mathematics

Macany, Montaha, PhD, University of Manchester (England), Lecturer of Mathematics

Mikula, Margaret, Western Michigan University, Lecturer of Mathematics and Statistics

Phillips, Benjamin, PhD, Western Michigan University, Lecturer of Mathematics

Pokhrel, Keshav, PhD, University of South Florida, Assistant Professor of Statistics

Radosevich, Mark R., PhD, Brandeis University, Lecturer of Mathematics

Rathouz, Margaret, PhD, University of California-San Diego, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Remski, Joan, PhD, Michigan State University, Professor of Mathematics

Sharaf, Taysseer, PhD, University of South Florida, Assistant Professor of Statistics

Viswanathan, Aditya, PhD, Arizona State University, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Wiggins, Alan, PhD, Texas AM University, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Zeytuncu, Yunus, PhD, Ohio State University, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Zhao, Jennifer, PhD, Indiana University, Professor of Mathematics

Department of Natural Science

Abramyan, John, PhD, University of Queensland (Australia), Assistant Professor of Biology

Al-Qaisi, Sami, PhD, University of Akron, Lecturer of Chemistry

Bandyopadhyay, Krisanu, PhD, National Chemical Lab University of Pune (India), Professor of Chemistry

Bazzi, Ali, PhD, Wayne State University, Professor of Chemistry

Bazzi, Judith, MA, Wayne State University, Lecturer of Chemistry

Benore, Marilee B., PhD, University of Delaware, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry

Bowlin, Melissa, PhD, Princeton University, Associate Professor of Biology

Clarkson, William I., PhD, University of Southampton (UK), Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Constantinides, Christos, PhD, University of Cambridge (UK), Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Danielson-Francois, Anne, PhD, University of Arizona, Associate Professor of Biology

Deng, Yiwei, PhD, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Donahue, Craig J., PhD, University of Massachusetts, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Gelderloos, Orin G., PhD, Northwestern University, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

Hartshorn, Patricia, MS, Wayne State University, Lecturer of Natural Sciences

Heinicke, Matthew, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, Associate Professor of Biology

Hetrick, James, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lecturer of Physics

Kamp, Ulrich, PhD, Technische University Berlin, Professor of Geography

Kondapalli, Kalyan, PhD, Wayne State University, Assistant Professor of Biology

LaCommare, Katherine S., PhD, University of Massachusetts, Lecturer of Biology

Lawson, Daniel, PhD, Michigan State University, Professor of Chemistry

Li, Xiaohua (Shannon), PhD, City University of New York, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Licata, Nicolas, PhD, University of Michigan, Assistant Professor of Physics

Marincean, Simona, PhD, Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Miller, Donald R., MS, University of Michigan, Lecturer of Natural Sciences

Murray, Kent, PhD, University of California-Davis, Professor of Geology

Naik, Vaman M., PhD, University of Michigan, Professor of Physics

Napieralski, Jacob, PhD, Purdue University, Professor of Geology

Nesmith, Judy M., MS, Michigan State University, Lecturer of Biology

Oelkers, Peter M., PhD, Wake Forest University, Associate Professor of Biology

Prentis, Jeffrey J., PhD, University of Michigan, Professor of Physics

Riebesell, John, PhD, University of Chicago, Associate Professor of Biology

Smith, Sheila, PhD, University of North Carolina, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Stasser, Jay P., PhD, Oregon Health and Science University, Lecturer of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Stewart, Ogie, PhD, Oakland University, Lecturer of Chemistry

Susko, David, PhD, University of Windsor, Associate Professor of Biology

Thomas, John, PhD, University of Arizona, Professor of Biology

Tiquia-Arashiro, Sonia, PhD, University of Hong Kong, Professor of Biology and Microbiology

Wang, Jin, PhD, University of Queensland (Australia), Associate Professor of Physics

Department of Social Sciences

Akers, Joshua, PhD, University of Toronto, Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban and Regional Studies

Amin, Camron M., PhD, University of Chicago, Professor of History

Anderson, R. Warren, PhD, George Mason University, Associate Professor of Economics

Bawardi, Hani, PhD, Wayne State University, Associate Professor of History

Bergeron, Suzanne, PhD, University of Notre Dame, Professor of Women’s Studies and Social Sciences

Borquez, Julio, PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Political Science

Czap, Hans, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Assistant Professor of Economics

Czap, Natalia, PhD, Moscow State University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Associate Professor of Economics

Dye, Keith, PhD, University of Toledo, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and History

Hershock, Martin, PhD, University of Michigan, Professor of History

Hickey, Georgina, PhD, University of Michigan, Professor of History

Howell, Sarah (Sally), PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of History

Koumpias, Antonios, PhD, Georgia State University, Assistant Professor of Economics

Kursman, Nancy, PhD, Rice University, Lecturer IV of Political Science

Lunn, Joe, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor of History

Luxon, Emily, PhD, University of California College Park, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Miteza, Ilir, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Professor of Economics

Moran, Gerald F., PhD, Rutgers University, Professor of History

Muller, Anna, PhD, Indiana University, Assistant Professor of History

Pennock, Pamela, PhD, Ohio State University, Professor of History

Pietrykowski, Bruce, PhD, New School for Social Research, Professor of Economics

Poling, Kristin, PhD, Harvard University, Assistant Professor of History

Pyrozhenko, Vadym, PhD, Syracuse University, Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Rahman, Ahmad, PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor Emeritus (posthumously) of History

Rosano, Michael, PhD, University of Toronto, Associate Professor of Political Science

Rusch, Lara C., PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Political Science

Sanjian, Ara, PhD, University of London, Associate Professor of History

Smith, Patricia, PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Professor of Economics

Sollenberger, Mitchel A., PhD, Catholic University, Professor of Political Science

Stockton, Ronald R., PhD, Michigan State University, Professor of Political Science

Sun, Rusi, PhD, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Thomson, Dale, PhD, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Associate Professor of Political Science

Vecchiola, Carla, PhD, University of Michigan, Lecturer IV of History

Walters, Claudia, PhD, Michigan State University, Lecturer IV of Geography

Wayman, Francis W., PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Professor of Political Science

Wraight, Jamie, PhD, University of Toledo, Lecturer IV of History