Richard Grusin (left) is a distinguished professor of English at UWM. Richard Stockbridge (right) is a distinguished professor of mathematics at UWM. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)UWM names two new distinguished professors
UWM has named two new distinguished professors, Richard Grusin of English and Richard Stockbridge of mathematics. Thirty-one distinguished professors now teach, research and mentor students at Wisconsin’s only public urban research university.
Distinguished professors are acknowledged for making a significant impact on their fields of study. With remarkable productivity, international reputations and glowing testimonials from peers around the world, distinguished professors continue to make significant scholarly contributions to their disciplines. Only 59 UWM professors have achieved this status since 1973.
“Our distinguished professors are intellectual leaders not only at UWM, but in their disciplines nationally and internationally,” Provost Johannes Britz says. “Collectively, their contributions have made a profound impact on UWM’s attainment of R1 status. On behalf of Academic Affairs, I extend my congratulations to our newest distinguished professors, Richard Grusin and Richard Stockbridge.”
UWM has been listed as a university with “highest research activity,” a status known as R1, since 2016 by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
A new media scholar whose work has been translated into six languages, Grusin arrived at UWM from Wayne State University in 2010 to lead the university’s landmark humanities research operation, the Center for 21st Century Studies. The center just celebrated its 50th anniversary this October.
Grusin says his students and scholarship continue to energize him.
“I think a class is successful for students when they walk out and their heads are spinning because they’re thinking in a way they haven’t been thinking before,” he says. “And as a professor, my best class is when I learn something I didn’t know before class started. That’s why I’m a teacher.”
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