A University of Michigan-Flint faculty member has been named dean for
the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS). The appointment
of Mary Jo Finney, Ph.D. is effective September 1, 2009.
Finney joined the faculty in 1998 as assistant professor of education and
was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in 2003. She is currently
the director of the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching, the
co-director of the Living Learning Community, member of the Dining
Services Advisory Board, executive director of Development Search
Committee, Higher Learning Commission Self-Study Committee, Fee
Committee, and Institutional Review Board. In addition, she is the founder
and director of the University of Michigan-Flint Reading Center.
“I am extremely pleased that Dr. Finney will be assuming the deanship of
SEHS and look forward to her bringing a wealth of experience, a fresh
perspective and new ideas to the School under her leadership,” said Interim
Provost Vahid Lotfi. ”I look forward to working with her.”
Finney earned her B.A. degree from Michigan State University in 1979, and
her M.A.T. degree and Ph.D. from Oakland University in 1992 and 1998,
respectively. In addition, her post-doctoral activities include participation
in the American Council on Education (ACE) Institute on Diversity and
Internationalization, and certificated programs of Center for Statistical
Consultation and Research (CSCAR) Workshop on Hierarchical Linear
Modeling and Institute for New Faculty Developers.
Finney’s research is not only extensive, but much of it has been developed
through collaborative community service efforts. Her research includes
14 journal articles, numerous book reviews, 2 DVDs, a ten-article series of
educational material, workshops, and videos in conjunction with community
efforts, 40 state and national presentations, 28 local and regional presentations,
and a phenomenal 70 workshops and consultancies. In addition, she serves as
editor of The Scholarship of Teaching, and served as editor of the Michigan
Reading Journal, from 2005-07.