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. The Thurnau Professorships recognize and reward faculty for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.



  • Amy E. Cohn, Associate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering
  • Stephen M. DeBacker, Professor of Mathematics
  • Mika T. LaVaque-Manty, Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Barry G. Rabe, Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Environmental Policy
  • Melanie S. Sanford, Professor of Chemistry
  • Colleen M. Seifert, Professor of Psychology


Regents honor 5 with Thurnau professorships, University Record

  • Joel D. Blum, Professor of Geological Sciences and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Anne Ruggles Gere, Professor of Education and English Language and Literature
  • Louis E. Loeb, Professor of Philosophy
  • Robin M. Queen, Professor of Linguistics and Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Edward West, Professor of Art
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