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Melanie Manos Named U-M Collegiate Lecturer


Lec­turer and Stamps alumna Melanie Manos (MFA 08) has been named a U‑M Col­le­giate Lec­turer. The Col­le­giate Lec­turer Pro­gram is designed to rec­og­nize Lec­tur­ers who demon­strate a sus­tained record of excel­lence in teach­ing and learn­ing and/​or in ser­vice or other con­tri­bu­tion to the Uni­ver­sity. Col­le­giate Lec­tur­ers retain this title for the dura­tion of their career as a Lec­turer, and receive fund­ing in the first two years in the title to sup­port teach­ing and pro­fes­sional development.

In addi­tion to her thriv­ing cre­ative prac­tice (she is a 2020 Kresge Artist Fel­low), Manos is known to many of our stu­dents and alums for teach­ing Detroit Con­nec­tions: In the Class­room, a Detroit Con­nec­tions class. 

Dur­ing the 20 – 21 aca­d­e­mic year, Detroit Con­nec­tions cre­ated Art Con­nects Kids, a web­site of art activ­i­ties designed by Stamps under­grad­u­ate stu­dents to keep K‑12 stu­dents cre­atively engaged dur­ing the remote learn­ing real­i­ties of the pan­demic. The site has been used by art cen­ters, schools, and fam­i­lies across the globe. 

Manos is cur­rently work­ing to launch a Mas­sive Open Online Courses (MOOC) with the Cen­ter for Aca­d­e­mic Inno­va­tion at U‑M. Manos’ MOOC is enti­tled, Visu­al­iz­ing Women’s Work: Using Art Media for Social Jus­tice. Manos con­ducted related research dur­ing her Sum­mer 2020 Fel­low­ship with U‑M’s Insti­tute for the Human­i­ties.

The Col­le­giate Lec­turer award is fit­ting recog­ni­tion of Melanie’s many accom­plish­ments and con­tri­bu­tions to the Stamps School and the uni­ver­sity. It hon­ors her suc­cess in teach­ing a wide range of courses, the pos­i­tive impact she has had on our stu­dents, her gen­eros­ity toward col­leagues across cam­pus, and her active cit­i­zen­ship in the uni­ver­sity and the school. 

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