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Rackham Executive Board

The Rackham Graduate School has an Executive Board of 15 faculty members who meet semimonthly during the academic year. Twelve are elected for three-year terms by faculty of the Ann Arbor campus, representing each of the four divisions of the graduate school: Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Humanities and the Arts. In addition, the Board includes one faculty representative from the Flint campus and one from the Dearborn campus, each of which has Rackham programs. The Rackham dean serves as chair and is also a member of the Board. The Board’s responsibilities include establishing academic policies and general graduate admissions policies, approving proposals to establish new Rackham degree programs, and providing advice and guidance to the dean regarding the administration of academic policies and the operations of the graduate school and the graduate programs.

Bylaws of the Executive Board of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies

Members of the 2023-2024 Rackham Executive Board

Eric Bell

  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor of Astronomy, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Term: July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026

Marina A. Epelman

  • Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Term: July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2024

Sara Forsdyke

  • Josiah Ober Collegiate Professor of Ancient History, Professor of Greek and Latin, Department of Classical Studies and Professor of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Term: July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025

Rachel Goldman

  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, and Professor of Physics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Term: July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024

Scott Greer

  • Professor of Health Management and Policy, Professor of Global Public Health, School of Public Health, and Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Term: July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026

Marouane Kessentini

  • Myron and Margaret Winegarden Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Computer Science, College of Innovation and Technology, The University of Michigan Flint
  • Term: January 2, 2024 to June 30, 2024

Joy Knoblauch

  • Associate Professor of Architecture, Alfred A. Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Term: July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026

Anuj Kumar

  • Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Term: July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024

Nestor L. Lopez-Duran

  • Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Term: July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2024

Acrisio M. Pires

  • Professor of Linguistics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Term: July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2024

Emily Scott

  • F. F. Blicke Collegiate Professor of Pharmacy, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, Professor of Pharmacology, Medical School, Professor Biophysics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Term: July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026

Charles Shipan

  • J. Ira and Nicki Harris Professor of Social Science, Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Term: July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025

Chuanwu Xi

  • Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Professor of Global Public Health, School of Public Health
  • Term: July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025

Armen Zakarian

  • Vice Provost for Research
  • Dean of Graduate Studies, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Term: October 25, 2023, to June 30, 2024

Michael J. Solomon

  • Dean, Rackham Graduate School
  • Vice Provost for Academic Affairs – Graduate Studies

Other Participants

  • Ethriam Brammer, Assistant Dean
  • Rita Chin, Associate Dean
  • Rhonda Jacobs, Executive Board Secretary
  • Shana Littleton, Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR)
  • Yuxin Liu, Graduate Rackham International (GRIN)
  • Anna Mapp, Associate Dean
  • Brahim Medjahed, Associate Dean
  • Angelica Previero, Rackham Student Government (RSG)
  • Catherine Sanok, Associate Dean
  • David Sept, Associate Dean
  • Emily Swafford, Assistant Dean