Joanna Millunchick Named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Joanna Millunchick Named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Professor Joanna Millunchick

Joanna Millunchick is one of six University of Michigan faculty members have been honored for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education as this year's recipients of Arthur F. Thurnau professorships.


Criteria for Thurnau professorships include a strong commitment to students and to teaching and learning, excellence in teaching, innovations in teaching and learning, a strong commitment to working effectively with a diverse student body, a demonstrable impact on students' intellectual or artistic development, and contributions to undergraduate education beyond the classroom, studio or lab.


The professorships are named after alumnus Arthur F. Thurnau and supported by the Thurnau Charitable Trust. Recipients receive $20,000 to support teaching activities, including travel, books, equipment and graduate student support.


Millunchick has shown a longstanding commitment to educating U-M's diverse student body.  As a classroom teacher, she pushes students to think critically and to make connections across courses. Well known for her innovations in teaching, Millunchick has engaged in pioneering work to implement and rigorously assess the impact of various technology tools on student learning in the classroom. She also has been a key collaborator with the Women in Science and Engineering program, participating in outreach efforts with K-12 students interested in engineering.


As one colleague notes, "Joanna is an exemplary teacher: She is innovative, she thinks about teaching and learning far beyond her own discipline, and she inspires others."