In April, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the appointment of Susan A. Gelman, the Heinz Werner Collegiate Professor of Psychology, as interim Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, effective September 1, 2013. As she serves the College in this new capacity, this page of the magazine will be devoted to her words about leadership in this extraordinary place.
Professor Gelman is one of the most distinguished and highly visible scholars in the College. She has served in numerous administrative capacities at the University of Michigan, and is an outstanding educator, mentor, and researcher.
Gelman received her B.A. degree in psychology and classical Greek from Oberlin College in 1980 and her Ph.D. degree in psychology with a minor in linguistics from Stanford University in 1984. She joined LSA as an assistant professor of psychology in 1984, rising through the ranks to professor in 1991. From 1999-2012 she was the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of Psychology.
She is the author of over 200 scholarly publications, including a prize-winning monograph, The Essential Child (Oxford University Press, 2003). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Academy of Education, and other sources. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Cognitive Science Society. Her honors include a J. S. Guggenheim Fellowship, and the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology. In 2012, Professor Gelman was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. She has served as president of the Cognitive Development Society; as review panelist for NSF, NIH, and the Ford Foundation; and as board member of several scientific societies. She has also served in an editorial capacity for over a dozen scientific journals.
“She is a remarkable and distinguished scholar,” says former LSA Dean Terrence J. McDonald, who served the College for the past decade. “Her role as both a faculty member and associate dean provides foundational knowledge and experience from which to build a successful deanship. I am confident that the College and the strength of the liberal arts will only continue to advance in this interim period.”
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