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Rackham Executive Board

The Rackham Graduate School has an Executive Board of fifteen 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. In addition to providing advice to the Dean regarding the operations of the Graduate School, the Rackham Executive Board oversees and approves academic policy, proposals for new degree and certificate programs, and decisions of Rackham faculty panels for student fellowships and awards.

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

Members of the 2022-2023 Rackham Executive Board

Syagnik Banerjee

  • Professor of Marketing, School of Management and Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Michigan-Flint
  • Term: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

Colleen M. Conway

  • Professor of Music Education, School of Music, Theatre, & Dance
  • Term: July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023

Marina A. Epelman

  • Professor of Industrial and Operations 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

Lorraine M. Gutierrez

  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Term: July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023

Maureen Linker

  • Associate Provost and Director, Mardigian Library
  • Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Term: November 15, 2020 to June 30, 2023

Nestor L. Lopez-Duran

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Term: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024

Sunitha Nagrath

  • Professor of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Term: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025

Acrisio M. Pires

  • Professor of Linguistics
  • Term: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024

Charles Shipan

  • 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

Kristen J. Verhey

  • A. Kent Christensen Collegiate Professor and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Medical School
  • Term: July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023

Nils G. Walter

  • Francis S. Collins Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, Biophysics and Biological Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Biophysics, Professor of Biological Chemistry, Medical School
  • Term: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

Patricia J. Wittkopp

  • Sally L. Allen Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; and Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  • Term: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024

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

Michael J. Solomon

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

Other Participants

  • Ethriam Brammer, Assistant Dean
  • Sydney Carr, Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR)
  • Marshall Case, Rackham Student Government (RSG)
  • Rita Chin, Associate Dean
  • John Godfrey, Assistant Dean
  • Harsha Gouda, Graduate Rackham International (GRIN)
  • Rhonda Jacobs, Executive Board Secretary
  • Anna Mapp, Associate Dean
  • Brahim Medjahed, Associate Dean
  • David Sept, Associate Dean
  • Arthur Verhoogt, Associate Dean