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Sadashi Inuzuka Awarded Thurnau Professorship

February 17, 2012

A&D Professor Sadashi Inuzuka has been awarded a University of Michigan Thurnau Professorship, the highest award for undergraduate teaching conferred by the University.  The Regents officially conferred upon Professor Inuzuka the title of Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at their February meeting.

Inuzuka, professor of art, School of Art & Design, is considered a pioneer in the design and implementation of community engagement courses in A&D. For more than a decade, Inuzuka has created courses that enable students to see first-hand the role art can play in social change. Through his seminars and workshops, students develop communication skills, a reflection on the role of art making in other people’s lives and an appreciation of alternate modes of perception, colleagues say.

Students recognize this genuine concern for their personal and artistic development and consider Inuzuka to be one of the most influential faculty members of their collegiate careers. As one colleague writes, “He is a warm and caring humanist who regards each student and colleague as special and encourages each to be a better human being, artist and citizen.”

Professor Inuzuka’s selection also honors the School of Art & Design.  Previous A&D recipients are Professors Vince Castagnacci (1999), Takeshi Takahara (2005), Georgette Zirbes (2006), Jim Cogswell (2008), and Ed West (2010).  The School’s total of six Thurnau recipients since 1999 confirms our unrivaled commitment to undergraduate education.