College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

CASL Faculty Promotion and Tenure

At their May 16, 2013 meeting, the University of Michigan Regents approved promotions and tenure for 10 CASL faculty members.  Below is a listing of the faculty members' new titles along with summaries of their recommendations.  Click on each name to read the complete promotion recommendation letter.

 

Nesrin Cengiz-Phillips, promoted to associate professor of mathematics, with tenure; Department of Mathematics and Statistics; College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

“Professor Cengiz has a pair of clear research themes consistently woven throughout her work.  She has been published in excellent journals, and shows promise for continuing development.  This is particularly true of her work in the area of explaining how teachers use specific instructional moves to elicit reflection and extended thinking in students....I would place Professor Cengiz in the upper quartile of mathematics educators at the same point in their careers.”

 

Natalia Vladimirovna Czap, promoted to associate professor of economics, with tenure; Department of Social Sciences; College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

“Professor Czap is a productive and valued member of the Department of Social Sciences. In both her teaching and her research, she has brought the exciting new fields of experimental and behavioral economics to our campus. Her work is deeply informed by interdisciplinary, bringing together economics and psychology as well as a variety of methodologies and theoretical interpretations to better understand individual choice.”

Anne Danielson-Francois, promoted to associate professor of biology, with tenure; Department of Natural Sciences; College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

"Dr. Danielson-Francois is a thoughtful and insightful evolutionary behaviorist, an excellent arachnologist, and a dedicated researcher and mentor, and I would like to express my highest regard for her work. As in much of Dr. Danielson-Francois's work, she questions paradigms and explores alternative explanations for why organisms are the way they are, often leading to substantial scientific insights. This is one reason why Dr. Danielson-Francois is highly respected by her colleagues ..."

Francine Dolins, promoted to associate professor of psychology, with tenure; Department of Behavioral Sciences; College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

“Professor Dolins is a prominent researcher in animal spatial cognition and a leader in animal welfare and conservation.  She has demonstrated a strong commitment to teaching through her continual efforts to improve course assignments to maximize student learning, and through the large number of individual students with whom she works and mentors.  Her service to both the field of primatology and to the university is exemplary.”

 

J. Caitlin Finlayson, promoted to associate professor of English literature, with tenure; Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts; College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

“Professor Finlayson is becoming known as an emerging scholar in the field of Renaissance literature, adaptations, pageantry, ceremony, and performance.  Her teaching is of high quality, and she has rendered important service to the English discipline, her department and the campus.”

 

Thomas M. Fiore, promoted to associate professor of mathematics, with tenure; Department of Mathematics and Statistics; College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

“Professor Fiore has been rated excellent in the areas of teaching, research, and service.  He has been successful in the classroom and has influenced teaching in the department at a programmatic level on several fronts.  His research output is extraordinary with excellent scholarly work appearing in a wide variety of excellent publications.  His service is likewise extraordinary rising to each challenge presented, and self-starting three innovative projects.”

 

Jorge Gonzalez del Pozo, promoted to associate professor of Spanish, with tenure; Department of Language, Culture, and Communication; College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

“Professor Gonzalez del Pozo deserves the highest scholarly praise. He is a great academic and with these publications, he shows us that he is not only a great researcher and scholar but also a great professor to conduct a class at any level at college."

 

Simona Marincean, promoted to associate professor of chemistry, with tenure; Department of Natural Sciences; College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

“Professor Marincean impressed me as a well-trained [junior] scientist with a broad set of skills and a lot of enthusiasm for science.  Her ability to combine theory and experiment is a huge professional advantage.  In my view, Professor Marincean's strongest publications to date are in the area of dihydrogen bonding.”

 

Ilir Miteza, promoted to professor of economics, with tenure; Department of Social Sciences; College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

"Professor Miteza's work is characterized by the careful application of state-of-the­ art econometric methods to interesting economic problems ... This is a very interesting paper that makes a solid contribution to the literature ... [His] papers constitute a solid contribution to applied time series econometrics.  [He] has diversified in terms of both topics and co-authors, which augurs well for his future productivity.  He should be a strong candidate for Promotion to Full Professor."

 

Sonia Maraya Tiquia-Arashiro, promoted to professor of biology and microbiology, with tenure; Department of Natural Sciences; College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

"Particularly impressive is the number (64 total; 30 since Fall 2008) of undergraduate student research projects supervised by Dr. Tiquia-Arashiro.  To me, this is the epitome of the teacher-scholar model where students engage in real scholarly experience, informed by the research interests and expertise of their faculty mentor.  Her publication record since 2008 shows a strong continuation of her previous high levels of achievement."